Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

The Bigot

From 77 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Cliched

About the show

"The Bigot" mixes social commentary, family drama, and dark comedy as it tells the story of Jim, an equal-opportunity racist, chauvinist, homophobe, and anti-Semite. More…

In short, he hates everyone who doesn't look or thstlukes@shubertorg.comink like him. His unshakable beliefs, however, get shaken up when his life is turned upside down by a health crisis. Now he may need the very people he has spurned in his life to see something worth saving in him. 

1h 40m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (77)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Cliched
74
Avg Score

71
Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you want a good story that moves along. 90 minutes no intermission. Good split set. Paula and Ji. Are really good.

Don't see it if If you do not want an Archie Bunker type story where the lead is painted as stupid..two standout characters paula and jim other 2 so so.

40
One good performance, Disappointing, Unconvincing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you'd like a middling, trite sitcom on ignorance, prejudice & acceptance w/a nuanced performance (of a familiar character) by Stephen Payne.

Don't see it if u want to avoid clichéd characters, prosaic exposition, improbable plotlines, awkward direction, amateur dramatics & a Lifetime movie ending

77
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want an up to date look at a bigot with both thoughtful and comic moments played out on a nice set with a very good cast.

Don't see it if you do not like watching the tension created with family and neighbors by a stuffy old bigot. Laughs are there but you hear all those words!

70
Great acting, Edgy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if Two lesbians & a bigot walk into a church called St. Clements to embark ona spiritual journey and...oh, hell...ignorance is just plain keen!

Don't see it if This isn't "All in the Family."The character's enlightenment is forced, is inorganic, and is abrupt. Bigots do not have soft centres. Vile.

Also "I can't take her kidney; I'll stand for nothing."

60
Mildly entertaining

See it if Scenes with the 2 lesbians and with the son are more engaging (though plot can be a bit far-fetched)

Don't see it if Scenes with the "bigot" are repetitious; he keeps saying the same thing over & over in different words, and it gets boring. Simple set.

72
Same old arguments, Heart-warming story, Predictable melodrama, Great acting, Funny

See it if Old Brooklyn guy has conservative ideas and doesn’t see eye to eye with lesbian neighbors and progressive son. He gets sick and needs help.

Don't see it if You’ve seen this field ploughed before (racial and LGBTQ prejudice). You voted for capital T and agree with what he stands for.

70
Funny, Disappointing, Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you like sitcoms. Despite the heavy themes it's actually light viewing. Lowest common denominator humor, but most audience seemed to enjoy.

Don't see it if you're not looking for cliched writing, unbelievable storytelling; everything wrapped up too neatly to take seriously.

69
Good story. not well done.

See it if You're interested in shows about bigots.

Don't see it if You want a well done show that says something fresh.

76
Safe, cute and predictable

See it if You are looking for a safe and funny feel good story

Don't see it if You are expecting something racy, raunchy and dark

Also This play is extremely predictable. I was expecting something very dar... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Unearned happy ending, Cliched, Not dark enough comedy, Less than it should be

See it if almost good enough is good enough, want 2 see lesbians, bigot, & distraught son of bigot on stage together trying to work things out

Don't see it if expect more 4 entertainment $, want more honesty from script, need humor 2 B more like Archie Bunker derived situational comedy

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You wanna see a play that tells a story of our times with an uplifting message. This play is important.

Don't see it if You have trouble seeing plays that deal with the serious issues of illness, racism, and prejudice of all kinds.

72
Very poor direction, Fair writing, Good acting,, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a "dark" comedy that fails to get dark, but is pleasant light faire.

Don't see it if you don't want a poorly directed play.

Also The director seemed to be far over his head. Sometimes forgot to use h... Read more Read less

69
Trite, simplistic, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you enjoy plays exploring humanity and necessity surmounting barriers of generational stereotyping/individual experience to bond w/ ”others”

Don't see it if overacting (including loud angry black lesbian character) and 50s interval music for most of 90 continuous min. irritate you to not hearing.

Also This “All in The Family” and estranged parent-child themes, though imp... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if homophobia, xenophobia, racism and bigotry are things you have witnessed or can understand. To see good theater & acting.

Don't see it if You deny homophobia, xenophobia, racism and bigotry as real things. You don't care about these things.

82
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you don't mind having a laugh over extreme bigotry shown in such a way that its horrible hurtfulness is made clear to all

Don't see it if you didn't get a laugh out of Archie Bunker - this is much deeper bigotry

76
Relevant, Intelligent, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see an "Archie Bunker-like" personality on stage. It felt like an old sitcom. I liked the staging for the space it was offered.

Don't see it if The "lesbians" were likeable. The illness subplot was good in weaving things together. It was an okay show- try to get como tickets!

69
Melodramatic, Idealistic, Rehashed, Cliched, Mediocre writing

See it if you like new plays that try to confront contemporary issues. It appeals to our better angels but too easily forgets our inbred demons.

Don't see it if you're expecting deep characters or sharp insight. Unfortunately it's all as superficial as the set. Desperately needs stronger direction.

90
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you'd like to see a humorous & well-acted show dealing with extreme bigotry concerning serious issues.

Don't see it if you're offended by topics about bigotry, lesbians

Also Great show: 2019 version of Archie Bunker. They covered many serious t... Read more Read less

72
Slow, Sitcom-like, Funny, Dated, Cliched

See it if you want to see a moderately funny show about a bigot and how he relates to the liberal people surrounding him. Nice set-up for a story.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a sitcom like show. Once the audience understands the circumstances of the play, it becomes very predictable and slow

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like funny and heartwarming drama that deals with very prejudice ideas.

Don't see it if you don't like melodramas that deals with sickness and prejudice against race and sexual orientation.

67
Insipid, Predictable, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you like TV sitcoms, you like lectures mixed in with your drama , you appreciate good actors rising above the material

Don't see it if you want well-developed characters and a believable plot

87
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A play illustrating ignorance and the underpinnings of deeper issues.

Don't see it if Having hurtful words.

85
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about how a man changes his views about race and lesbianism following a near death experience.

Don't see it if A little predictable and contrived but still a great night at the theater.

Also Actors were great in their respective roles. The father was particular... Read more Read less

71
Relevant, Funny, Great staging, Great acting

See it if It's funny and very of the moment. It deals with race and gender issues in a way that's mostly organic.

Don't see it if The 3rd act is a little deus ex machina-y and some of the journeys don't feel earned, but it's feel-goodish enough you won't mind.

88
Stretches credibility, Funny, Intelligent, Well-directed, Well-acted

See it if Fun, touching, important sentiment, but wishful thinking. Well worth seeing for its uplifting message and some perfect-pitch acting.

Don't see it if A bit goody-goody, but it's heart in the right place. But maybe yours isn't.


May 3rd, 2019
“The sitcomlike nature of ‘The Bigot’ is evident not just in its thin characterizations and tidy plotting, but in a worldview that is near-offensive in its simple-mindedness...The play's interest in having characters teach Jim the errors of his bigoted ways is contrived, not to mention predictabl...
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May 9th, 2019
"This is bad sitcom stuff, filled with flat gag lines, scenes in which near-strangers tell everything about themselves, and intractable problems that are solved after a single angry discussion...It doesn't help that Jim is little more than a collection of hate speech tropes; the tiny bit of infor...
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May 3rd, 2019
“The playwrights’ proficient dialogue is matched by their solidly constructed scenario with its Norman Lear-style comedic sensibility that enriches their well-drawn characters...Susko’s straightforward staging realizes the piece’s humor, drama and sensitivity through accomplished simplicity...Tho...
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May 2nd, 2019
“The stereotype of our bigot is a tad cliché and dated. Instead of an Archie Bunker it might have been interesting to see a black male hating privileged whites. Update the scenario to 2020 rather than setting an 80’s reprise. 'The Bigot' has a Disney-like fairy tale non-believable ending...A long...
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