Already closed | 1h 51m | Midtown W

The Exes

From 139 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

About the show

This new comedy with a heart offers a reminder of why marriage and divorce make for the strangest of bedfellows. More…

From the show:

It’s self-made billionaire Richard Killingworth's daughter’s big day! The last person he wants to see is his estranged wife Mavis—the woman who put the “ex” in “exes.” Celebrating with his best friend Dick, who happens to be Mavis’ first husband, Richard’s life turns upside down when the Queen of Chaos drops in, unannounced, with her new fiancé in tow. Throw in a sharp-tongued butler (um, house manager), a champagne-soaked bridezilla and a snarky stepson, and you have the perfect storm of pandemonium—the fun kind—in this comedy with a heart, reminding us why marriage and divorce make for the strangest of bedfellows.

1h 51m | Already closed | Theatre Row Complex (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (139)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched
68
Avg Score

70
Cute, Funny, Slow, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You like sitting Room comedies, sort of a modern Noël Coward style. A little forced but some fun twists, good acting, great set/costumes.

Don't see it if You can’t forgive a few missteps, the writing is a bit forced and some of the acting is stiff but I get the sense they will work it out.

Also Worth it.

80
Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if If you want a very funny play that has you laughing the whole show. An ex wife, former husband, butler, bridezilla are all great. Bellylaugh

Don't see it if If you do not like comedies. If you rather a musical.

25
Insipid, Baffling, Banal, Unfunny, Excruciating

See it if u know someone in the cast. [At the performance I saw, the ONLY people laughing & enjoying themselves were the families of 2 of the actors.]

Don't see it if you have any standards at all for quality writing, coherent structure, competent acting and humorous comedy. [This play is pure dreck.]

Also As if things couldn't get any worse, the mercilessly droning intermiss... Read more Read less

70
Insipid, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Cliched

See it if you like light comedy that is predictable and don't mind over-the-top characters. The perfection of character by John Coleman Taylor.

Don't see it if you want a well-directed play or expect a lot of laughs - other than the house manager character, the comedy is lacking and repetitious.

70
Awkward, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

See it if Former spouses reunite on a holiday with one entertaining a legal agenda. Homage to drawing-room comedies.

Don't see it if Acting and writing don't deliver on ripe premise. Should have been better with the promise of a madcap set-up.

76
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Slow

See it if Ex wife and former husband, mix up family, light comedy with some laughs.

Don't see it if If you want a serious story line, with serious characters.

Also Retell of the wedding scent in hilarious. All in all it not a bad show... Read more Read less

61
Banal, Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like a play with dialogue that's overdone, predictable characters and silly story. The actors are good but wasted in poor dialogue.

Don't see it if you like a funny, witty show with true comical plot.

Also I was disappointed in the very overdone, predictable plot of this show... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You think it will be entertaining like a Noel Coward drawing room play. It misses the mark. The actors try their best. Story is lacking.

Don't see it if You expect a polished comedy with likable characters. Best part was the last five minutes. Very slow moving and drawn out, needs editing.

62
Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are a fan of predictable, divorce farce/comedies.

Don't see it if You love Noel Coward, they’re similar but worlds apart.

60
Needed to “go for it”, Great acting

See it if You like a farce type comedy. It’s refreshing because you don’t seen much of this anymore

Don't see it if If you are expecting nonstop laughs

Also This was so frustrating to me. I got a big smile on my face when I wal... Read more Read less

76
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like light comedies about romantic relationships o about divorce and spoiled children.

Don't see it if you ar looking for a serious play or are sensitive to issues related to divorce, infidelity or poor choices in relationships.

49
Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Youhave to see every drawing room comedy. To enjoy Marcel.

Don't see it if You want subtlety. I kept thinking if that was Kevin Kline or Harry Connick or any effervescent light handed actor this could be fun.

Also We were three and none could stand it. It really was dreadful.

50
Nice set, Lacks style, Banal, Cartoonish, Insipid

See it if a nice set is all you need to make it a worthwhile experience.

Don't see it if you expect a well directed, well acted drawing room comedy.

68
Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Slow, Entertaining

See it if pleasant show with some funny moments; an excellent John Coleman Taylor as the British house manager

Don't see it if don't want forced dialogue*, want a drawing room comedy that has more funny moments and/or fewer farcical ones in other parts

Also * the playbill notes that the playwright is the author of 17 books, do... Read more Read less

88
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a light and fluffy funny play that was well written and performed. You want to laugh and have a good time at a performance.

Don't see it if You are too serious and don't want to have a laugh or two. You want a serious performance. You are looking for something deeper.

Also I read some of the reviews and could not believe that we saw the same ... Read more Read less

75
Lethargic in places, Semi-entertaining but unremarkable, Committed actors, Forced, uneven humor, Sophomoric

See it if you want to spend a couple of hours being semi-entertained with a tribute to early-20th-century classic dramedies; can score a cheap ticket.

Don't see it if you're expecting to care about any of these privileged, pampered, and spoiled white and wealthy characters; need more diversity on stage.

Also The Exes is likeable enough: an entertaining yet forgettable, benign p... Read more Read less

72
Weak writing, Unexciting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Funny

See it if An interesting premise, but misses the mark. Relationships and motivations are not fully explained but there are some bright, funny moments

Don't see it if you want to see a memorable play that connects all the dots. Despite some charm, some of the dots were missing.

Also Two minor characters were most entertaining: the butler and the ex-wif... Read more Read less

49
Insipid, Overrated, Banal

See it if You’d like to see a nice set. The story and acting is so painful, you’ll try to find distractions.

Don't see it if You want an actual funny, well-acted family comedy of errors type show. Save yourself time you can’t get back.

69
Stereotypical, Some fresh moments, Slow, Dated, Cliched

See it if you are intrigued by a prequel to a Boston blue blood version of “The Odd Couple” and an upity servant in the mode of “Upstairs Downstairs.”

Don't see it if you have no patience for a 2-hour, sometimes tedious drama with few funny and creative moments, uneven acting talent, cliche and no surprise

Also The role of “house Manager” is well written and expertly performed by ... Read more Read less

72
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a pleasant, unchallenging night out.

Don't see it if you want a well developed script consistent between Act I and Act II.

Also Nothing here to make you think. ... Read more Read less

52
Like being stuck at a party with a bunch of people you can’t stand

See it if You’re not too fussy about what you’re seeing.

Don't see it if You expect comedies to actually be funny.

56
Poorly written and directed, Capable cast, Self-indulgent, More than clichéd, Banal

See it if You're easily entertained. Bland, pointless script performed by capable actors badly directed in a mash-up of diverse acting styles.

Don't see it if Don't. Vapid attempt at modern Philip Barry or George Kaufman without the laughs, wit or social commentary/critique; leaves one asking: Why?

Also A fine if static set, good sound and lighting, a fun strobe-lit slo-mo... Read more Read less

65
Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you like bad sitcoms. You are older & will see almost anything that features mature actors.

Don't see it if you'd prefer good acting and well-written plays.

Also This was a real disappointment. There's one funny scene--lasting six o... Read more Read less

79
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if if you like comedies full of irony, exes and surprises. Bit slow at first, but then it warms up. Good for a night out on the town.

Don't see it if don't like comedies full of irony, exes, insults, etc.. If you expect drama or something serious.

Also Started off slow, but then it caught up to speed. I found it to be del... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great staging, Fluffy, Soap opera-like, Melodramatic

See it if You like camp. It was “As the Stomach Turns”, as referenced in the play. Overall, it was enjoyable, for a comped ticket. The cast seemed out

Don't see it if Of synch. The Danish character seemed French, the “Master”, the son, was good, but, his vernacular matched no one else’s, which I guess made

Also Sense. His mother couldn’t decide what accent she was trying to convey... Read more Read less


August 14th, 2019
"Indeed, the entire enterprise is a bit of a mystery. It doesn't have a really satirical point of view, but it lacks the wit and solid construction of the vintage boulevard comedies it superficially resembles. The characters are a self-involved, shallow bunch, given to endless, unamusing complain...
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August 25th, 2019
"Unfortunately, not only is the formula passé but television sit-com now does it better. The play is also too heavily plotted with two main characters with the same name and a great many petulant, entitled people. Worse still, the play fails to deliver any witty or clever lines."
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