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Sunday NYC Reviews and Tickets

56%
(101 Reviews)
Positive
19%
Mixed
49%
Negative
32%
Members say
Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Banal

About the Show

In this new play by Tony winner Jack Thorne, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out.

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Member Reviews (101)

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60
Awkward set, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Hard working actors

See it if you want to support young actors.

Don't see it if you're bothered by performers suddenly dashing around the stage without explanation, illogical plot development or gratuitous public peeing

82
Quirky, Clever, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if A life unlived, a roommate's suicide,and cleverly choreographed interstitial calisthenics,derail an intern's bookclub's focus on Anne Tyler.

Don't see it if Vodka-infused fourth-wall onstage narration: "Book Club started as a post-ironic joke.". The reasons for the malaise are quickly revealed. Read more

50
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in young adults revealing personal history & talking about social issues through their discussion in a book club.

Don't see it if You would like histories & social issues discussed in depth or in a way that goes beyond cliche & presents them as real people & not types.

37
Indulgent, Confusing, Intelligent, Self-important, Obnoxious

See it if Don’t

Don't see it if you’re annoyed by a bunch of unlikeable, young adults indulging in intelligent conversation that doesn’t feel true to life. Read more

34
Quirky, Dismal, Slow, Banal, Pretentious

See it if You have read Ann Tyler’s novel Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and remember details.

Don't see it if No reason to see this unless you are a subscriber of Atlantic Theatre Co. and have already paid to see this drivel !

58
Good for millennials, Banal, Slow, Disappointing

See it if A play about millennial’s and their problems. Lots of dialogue interspersed with strange dance moves. I found it very slow moving.

Don't see it if You are over the age of 30, and don’t care about millennial problems. Lots of drinking, and some drug use included. I prayed for the end. Read more

50
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have little else to do. This was really a bore

Don't see it if if you value your theater time,

36
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You want to see a bunch of pseudo-intellectual kids pretentiously abusing booze and their obnoxious behavior .

Don't see it if You’re looking for a pleasant evening at the theatre.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
September 23rd, 2019

"Being Young and Bored in a Book Club on ‘Sunday’: In Jack Thorne’s listless new play, a group of feckless friends gather to discuss Anne Tyler and share their self-consciousness."
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Time Out New York
September 23rd, 2019

2/5 Stars "Sunday is listless and out of joint, full of redundant arguments and, when it wants to make points with crashing clarity, third-person narration."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 23rd, 2019

"Unmagical Realism in 'Runboyrun,' 'In Old Age,' and 'Sunday.'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 23rd, 2019

"The twentysomething members of a book club reveal their thoughts and insecurities in the new play by Jack Thorne, the Tony-winning author of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'"
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Theatermania
September 23rd, 2019

"Jack Thorne Redefines Sunday Scaries for Young Adults Staring Into the Future: The Tony-winning playwright of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' brings a different kind of coming-of-age play to Atlantic Theater Company."
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BroadwayWorld
September 24th, 2019

"Book-Clubbing Twentysomethings Seek Their Defining Moments in Jack Thorne's 'SUNDAY.'"
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New York Stage Review
September 23rd, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Spending a Desultory Evening with Generation Z': Meet some 'wry and ironic and dull' characters at Atlantic Theater, or perhaps not"
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New York Stage Review
September 23rd, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Twentysomethings, Off the Grid and ISO Meaning': Having tackled King Kong and Harry Potter, Jack Thorne takes on post-millennials"
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Theatre is Easy
September 23rd, 2019

"…a microcosm of co-ed college interactions that are simultaneously claustrophobic and nostalgic to witness…director and choreographer Lee Sunday Evans expertly incorporates modern dance into the piece at crucial emotional swells."
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CurtainUp
September 24th, 2019

"Expectations for any play written by Jack Thorne...but the magic of Harry Potter is missing from his take on a book group that brings together a group of 20-something friends. "
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 9th, 2019

"The evening of novel introspection is bookended with an interaction more interesting than anything in between. The structural narration feels lazy, giving us all this info and nuance for each rather than letting the story and their interactions do the work..as the insights don't really add up to a heightened pile of books."
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T
October 4th, 2019

"It is difficult for these fine actors to develop this bunch of Gen Z 'misfits' without more substantial traits and attributes. That said, there should be robust enthusiasm about Jack Thorne's attempt to portray a generation seemingly at odds with itself and searching for some identity in the present social media, dating app, 'insta-gratification' culture."
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C
September 23rd, 2019

"The award-winning Thorne seems to have accumulated a lot of ideas -- the trials of defining yourself in young adulthood, the effect of your past on the present, the importance (or non-importance) of fiction -- without finding a suitable structure to make them effectively,"
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 1st, 2019

"Sunday's lowkey, nuanced acting is believably naturalistic. However, apart from the Bill-Marie encounter that closes the play, and a few scattered moments in the book club scenes, there's not enough here make us care about the characters, their preoccupations, or their ideas."
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