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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

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.

Also "You keep talking like it's some kind of interesting truth."

72
Disappointing, Confusing, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy seeing new works and good actors

Don't see it if You aren’t patient. It needs editing.

75
Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You don’t mind sitting through a lot of meandering scenes to get to one truly engaging scene between 2 characters

Don't see it if You are not a fan of twenty- something angst.

70
Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy new works about young people struggling with purpose and depression and dependence with some good acting and interesting staging.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays about 20-somethings trying to find meaning in life, who drink a lot and break into interesting yet confusing dance.

75
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like convos that go nowhere, but still enjoy the journey of it. Staging was very good as well.

Don't see it if You want answers - to anything.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to go into the fictional heads of young adults that may or may not be realistic. This one's more of a mood than a play with a plot.

Don't see it if you want a structured story as this is about ideas and has a depressive outlook instead of youthful optimism. Good performances.

75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want a glimpse into the struggles of young people trying to find their ways in the big city. You enjoy simple, raw and intimate stories.

Don't see it if You don't care about the coming-of-age story about a bunch of young adults adjusting to life in New York. You want a big and exciting plot.

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want an inside look at today's 20-somethings trying to figure out life. You like edgy theater with a dose of physical movement.

Don't see it if You like living in your own old world. You aren't open to modern stories.

Also I think this is a story about young heartbreak and trying to figure ou... 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
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
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
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
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
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
75
Indulgent, Quirky, Edgy

See it if You enjoy plays centered on intense interactions between the characters, with surprises and unexpected turns of events

Don't see it if you want simple character development and easy to map relationships

Also Thought-provoking. Interesting staging, sometimes indulgent and hoping... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like relevant timely stories about young adults written from their perspective with actors that are well cast, talented.

Don't see it if You aren't attracted to the plot of the play, stories of 21st century young adults experiences coming of age and anxieties.

During previews
79
Original, Quirky, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Interested in original and thoughtful dramatic works. You appreciate the integration of dance/movement into a play.

Don't see it if Have no patience for serious drama.

Also Saw in first week. There’s definitely something here, both in terms of... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Watching early-twentysomethings try to figure out life sounds appealing. You'll recognize the characters. I continued to digest for days.

Don't see it if This is not for everyone. This isn't spectacle, but more watching people struggle with their inward journeys. Fascinating.

Also At the end of the show I thought it was okay but didn't love it. After... Read more Read less


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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