In Previews: Opens Sep 23 | Chelsea

Sunday

From 45 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating

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. More…

From the show:

There is a moment when you want to look ahead to the future, but the past is eating you whole. In Sunday, 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.


Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating
56
Avg Score

During previews
50
Overrated, Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you want a show about the intellidencia and dealing with their issues. 20 to 30 yr old trying to cope with society. If you do not care if

Don't see it if The play is all over the place. If you like well written plays that take you somewhere.

During previews
40
Banal, Disappointing, Pointless, Indulgent

See it if u have 100 minutes to waste with a bunch of self-indulgent, unlikeable 20-somethings spouting navel-gazing millennial claptrap... to no end.

Don't see it if u expect answers to the questions: who's story is this? what's the point of the story? was I meant to read Ann Tyler? why are they dancing?

Also This meaningless, aimless (and exceedingly dull) evening at a book clu... Read more Read less

During previews
54
1 beautiful scene, Lazy writing, Some neat dancing, Wildly uneven

See it if watching 5 boozed-up, drugged-out, insecure 20-somethings fight for intellectual & personal validity sounds like a fun night.

Don't see it if you are expecting either a coherent drama or a thrilling theater experiment.

Also In “Sunday” there’s a late, lovely 2-character scene—unexpected becaus... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Disjointed, Confusing

See it if you're curious if Thorne has original ideas, like plays that use dance for time jumps, for a look at gen Z and how they try to connect

Don't see it if you enjoy meaty plays, don't like slice of life stories with narrator, want genuine character development, don't like sudden dance breaks

During previews
62
Friends-like group + books + mental illness: book-club of 20-somethings use reflections on the book they're reading as a vehicle to reflect on their aspirations/anxieties; generally doesn't work as a whole

See it if have striking separate dance/movement interludes to communicate inner thoughts of characters; good ensemble

Don't see it if story has no arc; focuses on neuroses of main character but fails to develop this; ending covering characters' future bios is incongruous

Also Helpful to first read a summary of Anne Tyler's "Dinner at the Homesic... Read more Read less

During previews
37
Excruciating, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you like a story about the worst book group in the universe, characters that demean themselves and young people that are totally depressed.

Don't see it if you like a reason for young people to act stupidly, speak insultingly and to care about the ending, which by the end I did not care at all.

Also The only character in this play that was interesting and strong was co... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn the innermost thoughts of a group while they meet for "book club". Including a confession of a 30something guy neighbor.

Don't see it if You don't care about issues that affect 20- and 30-somethings. You don't like dance music interludes. You don't like fancy sets.

During previews
61
Unlikeable characters, save one, Rambling, Inexplicable, Long, slow slog, Millennial navel-gazing

See it if OK w 20-somethings trying to prove their intellectual mettle over a book in LONG night of drink/drugs. 1 lovely scene betw neighbors shines.

Don't see it if Haven't read Anne Tyler-you'll lose 2/3 of play. Can't watch sad young people trying to sort life out or are triggered by depression.

Also So much of this is pointless and misbegotten. The direction is quite s... Read more Read less

During previews
27
Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a bunch of characters on stage that you have no chance of liking

Don't see it if You are expecting good theater which is what you normally get from Atlantic

Also I see a lot of bad theater and it usually doesn’t disappoint me becaus... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Millenials gather for book club but talk more about themselves

See it if Dramatic study of attractive, intelligent 20-somethings -- marred by extraneous hip-hop dancing. Some very good young actors.

Don't see it if The most interesting character is the older downstairs neighbor played by Maurice Jones. Plot conflicts are resolved only by narration.

Also Preview period could benefit with some rewriting, but the author is ba... Read more Read less

During previews
64
Quirky, Excruciating, Indulgent, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you enjoy chaos and abstract thought

Don't see it if you prefer typical drama

During previews
33
Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if How a can go from bad to worse in just 90 minutes. I felt as if I was eavesdropping on the authors privacy rather than being drawn in.

Don't see it if You are looking for a linear play this is not it.

Also Explain the unnecessary and bad choreography. It makes no sense. Just ... Read more Read less

During previews
47
Disappointing, Slow, Talk-y, Tedious, Indulgent

See it if you're patient with unpleasant characters talking pointlessly (& endlessly) - interspersed w/inexplicable dancing to loud pop. LONG 105 min.

Don't see it if you want thoughtful theater. Tries to be LaBute or Lonergan - but is instead poorly staged, banal conversation among emerging young adults.

During previews
69
Misses the mark, Uneven, They are gen z - not millennials

See it if you're interested in a take on Gen Z; you want to be told what to think; you are willing to endure an uneven show with some very odd choices

Don't see it if you want an authentic look at the lives of 20-somethings; you want fully fleshed out characters; it's any day other than Sunday

During previews
0
Problematic, Cliched, Bad direction/"choreography", Bad acting, Terrible writing

See it if You want to see how poorly an older white man can write for Gen Z, women and black people.

Don't see it if You want a coherent play. This was more like two (poorly written) scenes mashed together with "choreography" sprinkled in.

Also I was expecting this to be bad but not as bad as it actually was. The ... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see an accurate and intense play about what it is like to be a young adult right now in NYC. The staging and set is very cool.

Don't see it if you do not want to see an intense play dealing with sex, drugs, alcohol, and depression.

During previews
75
Entertaining, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you like a third person narrative, clever interspersed dance mixed into a talky evening of twenty-somethings--searching for life's meaning.

Don't see it if you are irritated by third world problems, don't like cliched characters (especially those of color) and a long windy nothing-happens plot.

During previews
69
Relevant, Resonant, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you can tolerate a play that talks in stead of acts. With the exception of the scene between Marie and Bill which is wonderful it is flat

Don't see it if you want theater and characters to have substance and energy.These are unidimensional figures of little interest except for Bill who matters

During previews
49
Slow, Banal, Indulgent, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You're 20-something and grapple with connecting to others

Don't see it if You want a mature show in which you see growth in the situation or in the characters

During previews
44
Lost opportunity, Insipid, Indulgent, Boring, Disappointing

See it if The idea of a group of young adults in a book group is intriguing-but we never care about any of the characters. Some interesting movement.

Don't see it if so many ideas that are briefly mentioned but nothing gets developed - the characters drone on in circles. i nodded off-I never do that!

During previews
78
Intelligent, Disappointing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if for a show that thoughtfully examines our millennial generation paired with the stigma of mental illness and the trials of the heart.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something a bit faster paced. If a story of people in their 20s/30s won’t interest you. CW: talk of suicide. No kids.

Also I did think the structure was a bit literary for my taste, but it fit ... Read more Read less

During previews
31
A show that has too many themes

See it if you have a subscription to The Atlantic and want your money's worth.

Don't see it if you want to see a coherent play. The story is all over the place. I don't want to waste your time writing more. Don't go.

During previews
70
Wordy, Confused, Pretentious

See it if you like plays revolving around confused, self-absorbed and annoying verbose millennials, sitting around trying to figure themselves out.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that change tone frequently, weird & unnecessary directorial touches (like having the cast burst into dance inexplicably).

During previews
70
Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see the best dramatization of white male privilege of 20-somethings that I've seen on stage.

Don't see it if you're expecting a big dramatic arc. Feels like a commentary on today's millennial culture, but parts of the play don't hang together well.

During previews
42
Indulgent, Boring, Slow, Confusing, Banal

See it if you want to see a fairly well-written 20-minute two-hander that takes place about 2/3 of the way into this play.

Don't see it if you don't want to have to sit through a dreary production of two-dimensional characters in which key events are told rather than performed.


“Sunday” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)


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