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The Beyonce

From 3 critic and 34 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Ambitious

About the show

Nodding to Queen Bey but based on the Anton Chekhov story 'The Fiancée,' 'The Beyoncé' is a sharp and deeply personal coming-of-age conundrum produced by Adjusted Realists. More…

With her wedding around the corner, Nadia is terrified to discover that her heart doesn’t want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable, small town family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, immersing in counterculture, and leaving her family to fend for their own little existences. Is this a selfish daydream or a full-body call to adventure that must be answered?  

Plays to See

"Likely to excite fans of both Chekhov and intimate theater...The story is not one of love forlorn, against the crushing odds of the dangers on the outside. The world created by Bent and director Stephen Kaliski is built with love, a non-threatening retreat where Nadia can contemplate and decide...The sincerity Nadia exudes makes it impossible to judge her, and Bent so skillfully tickles the audience with her witty banter. It’s irresistible, and poignant exactly where it needs to be." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Kaliski kept this show real, even though it is written at times in the first person as the actors state what they are thinking...The design team did wonders in this small space...Bent’s work has a cadence that makes you think and ponder the balance between self and selfish. I have thought a lot about this subject since seeing this play. If you get a chance, go check out this profound piece of work." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Bent makes Nadia’s evaluation of traditional marriage and self expression interesting...Bent’s ability to use Chekhov as a springboard shines in her selection of sociological themes and her cadence...Bent is less successful with the Beyoncé portion of the equation...'The Beyoncé’ is as pleasant a diversion as an afternoon in the countryside. While it does not bang open any doors, it does successfully explore what gentle circumstances can constitute a small-scale bold move.” Full Review

Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have moved off to NYC because you felt you wanted more in your life than what your small hometown had to offer

Don't see it if You lead a very dull existence and prefer it that way

Also I absolutely loved this play . It was like looking at my own life . So... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a woman. Whether you’re a Chekhov fan or not, I think this story will ring true for many. Really wonderful performances and set.

Don't see it if You were expecting a Beyonce biography. Alas, this is not that play!

Also This is what off-off should be. A really thoughtfully created play wit... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Resonant, Charming

See it if You remember how it felt to be young and everyone told you how your life was going to turn out or perhaps more importantly...if you don’t.

Don't see it if If you don’t like sweet, sentimental stories. This ones a little bit quirky. Starts off a little slow but I thought it WELL worth the wait.

Charming, Intimate, Hip, Beautifully played, Everyday

See it if you'd like to see a Chekhovian examination of the texture of everyday life that feels at the same time formally fresh.

Don't see it if you want your Chekhovian dramas straight -- & free of contemporary American intrusions.

Also Eliza Bent’s “Beyoncé” manages to be hip & likable at the same time. T... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Great writing

See it if Loved acting of newcomer Regan Sims and veteran Roger Manix. Intimate space. Love traverse seating. Checkhovian take. 78 minutes. see mor

Don't see it if 78 minutes. Forget Beyonce, Hard to get to theater via public transportation..

Also Actors handle the two sided seating amazingly well. (a major task) ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting

See it if You like modernized and humorized Chekhov with a well-acted cast that keeps you engaged

Don't see it if You don't like clever reinterpretations of classics


See it if Well crafted mix of contemporary and historical references - and narrative and dialogue sections. Great staging. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Don't see it if This is budget theater but really well done with some good to great performances (esp Mannix)

Also This is one of those shows where you fall into the rhythm very quickly... Read more Read less

Funny, Enchanting, Refreshing, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if I love Beyoncé; I went to the "On the Run II" tour, last night, and decided to continue my weekend with her. It was cute. There's only about

Don't see it if 1 total minute of reference to Beyoncé, but, I caught several inferences pertaining to her, and the interlude music was from her catalogue.

Also I think the use of her name made her fans show up to this play, howeve... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if A modern, amusing take on a Chekhov story is appealing

Don't see it if You don't like modern adaptations and don't feel like laughing. It's really quite funny and mostly well-acted

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a Chekhov update. Still has the feel of Chekhov but with modern references. Enjoyable performances.

Don't see it if it bothers you when a classic is messed with.

Funny, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like a story telling style of show, a different version of runaway bride. Some funny and yet truthful moments, light but memorable.

Don't see it if You want to be overwhelmed by big production.

Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the witty, introspective voice of Eliza Bent, like Beyonce covers, or Dave Malloy impressions

Don't see it if you REALLY like Chekhov and don't want to see his work re-interpreted and subverted, or if you have an aversion to seeing furniture onstage.

Also This show had many Beyonce covers. This show had many pieces of furnit... Read more Read less

Good updating of chekhov.

See it if You like imaginative reworking of old classics.

Don't see it if If you don't like reworking of old classics.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy small productions with talented ensemble cast particularly the 2 leads and want to support new work

Don't see it if You don’t want to see Chekhov translated into a contemporary story or if you are expecting this to have anything to do with Beyonce.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Slow, Entertaining

See it if Bent joins Chekhovian tropes & millennial aspirations to create a whimsical take on marriage Well acted & humorous w/ a great set piece

Don't see it if Non familiarity w/Chekhov's works will hinder appreciation (esp w/character of Sasha) Often a bit slow with Bent's story line going adrift

Quirky, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a newer take on an older play. You are friends with someone in the cast. You like quirky productions.

Don't see it if You want consistent acting (some of the performers really over act in a bad way - more than the part needs). You want to have emotions...

Also It was a good effort but I just kept checking my watch. Some of the ac... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if A your woman's decision about her future tempered as a 'modern' comedy of manners. The characters of Nadia and Sasha carry the show.

Don't see it if A forced 'adaptation' of a Russian story in which the contemporary allusions clash with historical format of plot and conceits.

Intelligent, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you like modern adaptations of classic stories and/or supporting small theatre companies and new plays

Don't see it if you aren’t fond of Chekov in any format or are expecting a play about the actual Beyoncé

Also Eliza Bent has done a fine job at adapting and modernising this Chekov... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a modern take on Chekhov, like intimate theater, like stories about women finding themselves

Don't see it if You don’t like modernization of stories, want a big production

Also I didn’t read the original so don’t know how it compares but overall i... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Disconnected

See it if you want to see a semi-modernized piece inspired by one of Chekhov's short stories that does a good job capturing the sense of ennui.

Don't see it if you want to see a connected, coherent, thought-provoking play. Some solid moments, but overall disjointed and ensemble lacked cohesion.

Well-produced, Unconvincing dramatization of chekhov story, Awkwardly updated, What's the bey got to do with it?

See it if you want to support a scrappy company that usually does adventurous work; to see how tricky it is to dramatize Chekhov stories & update him

Don't see it if uneven tone, cast & acting abilities grate; you're bothered by updatings that don't find realistic/illuminating correlations with original

Also Bent is an able playwright who here seems to run out of steam in the c... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow

See it if I do congratulate the actors for an excellent performance. I personally do not think that the original story by Anton Chekhov called

Don't see it if if you do not like off off Broadway theatre.

Also The Fiancée can be adapted or reinterpreted as a short play.

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if If your a fan of Chekhov work with a twist. A nice way to bring forth his writings. Well thought out.

Don't see it if If you nothing about the writer or if new works are not for you.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like a simple yet intelligent play. It’s a serious play but there are some very funny moments.

Don't see it if You expect to fall in love with the characters.

Disappointing, Pretentious, Amateurish, Interesting ideas

See it if You like modern reworkings of classic pieces. You are interested in supporting a show by a talented, but inexperienced team.

Don't see it if This play feels all over the place. The playwright seems to have too many ideas, and only about half work.

Also I was hoping for a fun, quirky and poignant production. At times, it w... Read more Read less

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