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Sunday

From 101 member  reviews
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. 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 (101)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Banal

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.

Also Every character but one is scum to some degree—and none are terribly i... Read more Read less

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 !

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.

45
Pointless nonsensical boring

See it if You are twenty or younger.

Don't see it if You are over twenty or if you are a smart under twenty. Poor acting, bad writing, hard to hear, “actors” don’t project. Amateurish.

37
Insipid, Confusing, Cliched

See it if The acting is uneven to bad. The first hour is just talking heads and the last 30 minutes the most interesting character shows up..too late.

Don't see it if The writing & development of the characters are, at best, ambitious but border more on awful. Young folks figuring out their ways is not new

47
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like sets with lots of books (which are climbed on)

Don't see it if you prefer an understandable plot

39
Slow, Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you're under 30 and can figure out what this is about.

Don't see it if unless you want to be tortured and trapped in your seat for 90 minutes

48
Awkward, Unsuccessful, Pretentious, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in exploring millennial angst

Don't see it if you prefer a play in which the characters present the essentials, rather than a narrator

Also What would have been a good short story is is shoehorned into a play t... Read more Read less

49
Boring, Indulgent, Insipid, Confusing, Banal

See it if You have a few hours to kill on a boring night.

Don't see it if You expect a coherent thought out play with interesting and developed characters whose motives and actions make sense.

40
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Don't. Unfocused, self-indulgent, cliched, static, talky, uninteresting with dance breaks for no perceptible reason.

Don't see it if Just don't

24
Insipid, Excruciating, Banal

See it if If you would like to see another play by the writer of Harry Potter

Don't see it if If you want to connect to characters or want to be presented with an interesting situation.

20
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Banal

See it if you're friends with the actors, who did an amazing job committing to their characters. Or if you're looking for an expensive spot to nap.

Don't see it if you don't like tons of exposition, being confused, watching weird dancing scene changes, or cringing every 5 seconds.

2
Confusing, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if don't - i had to leave early. horrible writing - trying so hard to be profound and failing miserably.

Don't see it if you have good taste.

41
Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You want to be bored to tears, wondering why anyone thought this bland mess was worth producing.

Don't see it if you dislike dull, lackluster conversation with little point to it.

Also The bulk of this production is as awful a play as I've ever seen. The ... Read more Read less

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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
45
Slow

See it if You like new plays. You like a slow burn.

Don't see it if You want more than a short story live on stage.

Also Disappointing. I understand what the playwright was going for about mo... Read more Read less

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
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.


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