The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company)
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The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company)
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The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(143 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
10%
Negative
3%
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

World premiere musical based on the bestselling memoir by comedian Sarah Silverman.

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Member Reviews (143)

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
86
Intelligent, Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever

See it if You’re a Sarah Silverman fan and don’t mind Theatre as therapy. She tells her childhood story in clever, fun song aching for some dance.

Don't see it if You’re expecting star turns from any of the cast. Great material is often lost in unintelligible vocals (and not just from the kids). Read more

546 Reviews | 1879 Followers
73
Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny

See it if It was ok, but nowhere near as clever and creative as critics made it out to be. Applaud Silverman for the attempt, but the jokes didn't sit

Don't see it if You expect a Sarah Silverman stand up set. It's not that.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
88
Outrageous, Raunchy, Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if The funniest musical ever! That is, if you like outrageous, farcical Jewish humor. Wonderful music, acting & singing. Polished production.

Don't see it if You wouldn't appreciate finding the humor & sweetness in a family full of mental health problems, mid-life & adolescent crises.

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
82
Different, Quirky, Cute, Clever, Funny

See it if You enjoy quirky off-Broadway musicals like Fun Home or Kimberly Akimbo. Although lesser than both, it’s in the same vein.

Don't see it if You dislike Silverman’s brand of profane humor or if you’re hoping to see Neuwirth in a lead role (her role is relatively minor).

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
81
Quirky, Edgy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you’re a fan of Sarah Silverman’s or are interested in personal stories that are both funny and traumatic.

Don't see it if you’re a prude. There’s crass humor throughout, as one might expect from a show written by and about Sarah Silverman.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
79
Hyperbolic, Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, Heartfelt

See it if Get a glimpse into Silverman's 10 year old self; funny, raunchy & brave; great cast; Cassey Levy helps all stay sane in a nutty family.

Don't see it if don't like raunchy language/exaggerated personalities; you'll be singing the Bedwetting song 2 yourself 4 hours on end - when will it stop?

544 Reviews | 58 Followers
86
Funny. well done. good acting. very entertaining.

See it if You want to have a good time at the theatre.

Don't see it if You don’t want a good time with an interesting serious subject.

479 Reviews | 262 Followers
5
All surface, no depth, Wasted talent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Highly overrated

See it if you enjoy musicals that are overrated. Many of the actors are wasted. Why give Bebe Neuwirth a throw-away song?

Don't see it if There are other musicals on your must-see list. This one really isn't worth your time. Stay away if you don't like raunchy language. Read more

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
June 7th, 2022

"As long as it sticks close to young Sarah’s resilience as she tries to make friends without revealing her mortifying condition, 'The Bedwetter,' an Atlantic Theater Company production, is a potty-mouthed pleasure. But in jimmying the original into a more serious musical format as it proceeds, it achieves only a middling geniality."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 11th, 2022

"Sarah Silverman’s autobiographical(ish) 'The Bedwetter' deals with a rocky time in the younger Sarah’s life. The musical itself is rocky too — dramatizing a 10-year-old’s emotional breakdown in song poses difficulties for the stage."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 9th, 2022

"What is surprising about 'The Bedwetter' is the soft center wrapped inside its crunchy comic exterior. Sentiment is not generally part of Ms. Silverman’s playbook, but 'The Bedwetter' succeeds at illuminating Sarah’s trauma, which piles up like sheets waiting to be washed, threatening to bury her."
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The Observer
June 8th, 2022

"All in all, 'The Bedwetter' is an amiable summer diversion, adeptly directed by Anne Kauffman and performed in a loose, affable style with an unimpeachable message of acceptance for everyone, warts and all."
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New York Theatre Guide
June 7th, 2022

"Sarah Silverman’s pungently irreverent and profane brand of comedy makes the leap into musical theatre with her funny but uneven new show, 'The Bedwetter.'"
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New York Post
June 7th, 2022

"Potential abounds in the tangled show, ... especially in its central idea: that, to the mile-a-minute mind of a 10-year-old, waking up wearing wet pajamas can feel as emotionally traumatic as an adult dealing with divorce or depression. Life already sucks, even at 10."
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Theatermania
June 7th, 2022

"I'm sure that Broadway is the goal for 'The Bedwetter,' but it still feels too small and unfinished for that designation right now. With the right kind of revisions, this uproarious and dirty little show could easily find a nice little home in the West 40s."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 14th, 2022

A likable, scattered, frequently raunchy show, which uses musical comedy pizzaz, not always successfully, to sell a story shot through with heartbreak…The Bedwetter wears itself thin trying to straddle its conflicting moods; if it wants to go forward, it needs a better balance of laughter and pain, more focused direction, and (in some cases) better songs.
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