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Talent is Sexy

From 51 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing

About the show

Cal and Noah meet on a dating app. Cal and Noah have a coffee date. Cal and Noah hit it off. Cal wishes Noah wasn’t an actor. "Talent is Sexy" is a tender comedy about the sacrifices we make for love and art.


Member Reviews (51)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great writing
79
Avg Score

70
Uneven acting, Uneven tone, Clever, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if you like plays abt actors, NYC, gay romance, friends. Not terribly ambitious, but engaging. Acting often awkw (esply Phillips). Funny lines.

Don't see it if you want consistent tone. Swings fr real to broad. Interesting issue of how honest to be w mate. Ugly set. Awk direction. Needs cuts.

77
Refreshing, Surprising, Fun, Funny

See it if a fresh take on the "dating an actor" theme. Spoofy and at the same time surprisingly realistic reactions and dialogue. Funny!!

Don't see it if You don't like small productions or the main theme.

77
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy stories about actors or the performing arts community. Very well written, funny and entertaining. Story moves at a good pace.

Don't see it if If you dislike small off-off broadway plays with limited staging. It's a really fun play and I could see it moving to an off-bway stage.

90
Intelligent, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a smart, funny, believable story full of great one liners. A familiar story with enough of a twist to be very enjoyable.

Don't see it if You can’t enjoy small theatre done without much of a set. No flashy gimmicks, just good acting and well written.

Also VERY FUNNY. Well worth seeing.

72
Cliched, Amusing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if to see a clever premise (Do you tell your bf he's untalented?) played out as a gay rom-com w/a handful of laughs & a stage full of clichés.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or challenging; you require high (or any!) production values; you don't know who Kristin Chenowith is.

Also Larry Phillips' play has heart, the writing is fresh (if the character... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A story of dreams.Great for those who want to "do" theater. Is honesty the best policy. Nice intimate space. ALSO

Don't see it if you worry about the definition of true friendship.. No set to speak of.

Also Some good "over the top" performances.

79
Unexpected, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you like: new plays in bare bones but effective productions, gay characters in funny & unexpected situations, authors cast in their own work

Don't see it if don't like plays with gay characters, satire on community theater talent, limited production values, authors cast in their own plays

79
Delightful, Relevant, Romantic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want some good laughs with a talented cast, working with a decent script that has a couple surprises, on a nearly bare set well-utilized

Don't see it if you want a completely polished production or do not like humor that borders on going a little over the top with character portrayals.

78
Romantic, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a fun, original take on dating & romance in NY. You enjoy satire. You want a light night of entertainment.

Don't see it if You don't like rom-coms. You prefer serious drama. You dislike satire. You prefer plays w/big production values.

70
Quirky, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if Gay romantic comedy that begs question: If I tell you the truth about you, will that risk sending you off the deep end? Two men struggle.

Don't see it if Talent is sexy. Disappointment is not. Black-box theatre rules apply.

65
Overrated

See it if You enjoy new work in black-box theaters.

Don't see it if Overacted in many places & over-the-top, zany.

97
If you only see one play the rest of the year this is the one to see

See it if You are not afraid to take a good hard look at yourself and realize you’re probably not perfect. But this play is perfect

Don't see it if You will be bothered by a very minimal set which works by the way

Also This was an emotional roller coaster for me. Every time I see one of L... Read more Read less

51
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You’re gay and don’t even know who Kristin Chenowith is (this actually a line from the play itself).

Don't see it if If you appreciate good theatre. This doesn’t even come close to living up to its title.

82
Unexpectedly funny and touching comedy of actor whose boyfriend can't tell him he has no talent

See it if Touching comedy with some fine performances. Writer Larry Phillips is charming as a wannabe actor who comes to NY to restart his career.

Don't see it if Small, black box production with a lot of heart treating honesty in relationships. Joshua Torgerson is funny as the effete gay friend.

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Awkward, Funny

See it if You’d like a boy-meets-boy NYC theatre story. Some funny moments - especially the NYC references. The “friends” almost stole the show.

Don't see it if You want a polished production. Quite a few awkward moments throughout. It’s a lite story.

93
Resonant, Thoughtful, Funny, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you want to see a brilliantly written play by a keen observer of humanity

Don't see it if you need heroes. You hate satire.

Also Another success by Larry Phillips. He takes characters we have all met... Read more Read less

82
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if A very good and workable script. Great acting with some very funny moments.

Don't see it if With a workshop piece.

83
Delightful, Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if a fellow fan of Phillips, who delivers great laughs, poignancy & great acting—great, relatable ensemble. OK w/ bare set & ready to laugh!!

Don't see it if need complex characters or story line & elaborate staging or venue; easily offended by satire of community theatre or actors & fragile egos.

Also This is the 5th play I’ve seen by Larry Phillips & one of the most enj... Read more Read less

88
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Clever, Cliched

See it if Sometimes you have to enjoy a cliché, or a cliched character. It was an enjoyable 90-minute, 5-character, black box theatre play, which,

Don't see it if Essentially was talking about itself- small time actors in a big city, fighting for whatever roles they can get. It’s lgbt. Some singing.

Also Talented cast. It had a great frame narrative. Kudos.

80
Lightweight but enjoyable dramedy about ageing millenials' dating and work situations., Relevant, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you are in any way show biz adjacent, you'll feel right at home with these characters and their lives.

Don't see it if If you find very broadly overplayed comic satire irritating, this could send you running for the exit. I stayed and I'm not sorry I did.

69
Marred by over-the-top acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to support community level theater, and don't mind that two of the actors scream their lines; subject matter is real, needs work

Don't see it if don't want to be subjected to over-acting and slow but obvious denouement; sensitive situation of how & when to shatter illusions of others

83
Resonant, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a struggling artist moving in NYC and makes his dreams come true. Dating scene on other hand could be a challenge

Don't see it if You are homophobic, does not like gay scene or referrals, light comedy is not your thing

83
Romantic, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You can answer 2 questions: what you can to sacrifice for love or prefer to be honest but have no love.Cute show, good connection.

Don't see it if Gay theme; crushed dreams are affecting your mood. You just broke up with someone.

95
Enchanting, Funny

See it if You like stories about Theatre people living in NY. You like small ensemble comedians.

Don't see it if You want big production values. You want big themes.

Also A lovely comedy that wallops you with an emotional punch in the end. P... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Bittersweet, Insightful, Clever, Rough & amateurish

See it if You enjoy seeing unpolished works with a lot of potential. You’re a fan of good writing. It’s funny and true to life.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for nonexistent sets, flubbed lines, performances that feel underrehearsed.

Also Talent is Sexy feels like a work in progress, but it still manages to ... Read more Read less


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