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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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
Delightful, Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to watch a funny production about a dysfunctional family that provides some solid laughs and contains a silly plot.

Don't see it if you want something more serious and/or a show with three-dimensional characters and significant character development.

69
Confusing, Watchable

See it if you like a show with some comical moments. Some acting very good, Some acting forced and a bit hysteric. Overall, easy to watch.

Don't see it if you want a serious, well thought out show. The plot has some areas that left me wondering about character motives.

65
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if ..you like a mediocre version of a Noel Coward-like comedy of manners. Two ex husbands are now pals. Their mutual ex shows up uninvited...

Don't see it if Banal comedy ensues. Overacted.

68
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you’d like to see an amateur oscar wilde-esque kind of play.

Don't see it if you get antsy during long shows.

Also I would be lying if I said I thought this show was good. But there’s p... Read more Read less

66
Solid acting, but subpar writing, Uneven, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You’re looking for a show to pass the time. The Exes is watchable, but forgettable.

Don't see it if You want to see a consistently funny comedy. You enjoy three dimensional characters and clever writing.

Also I can enjoy pieces that aren’t deep and don’t mind cliches if a show i... Read more Read less

55
Some nice acting, Accessible, Fluffy, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like shows about relationships, marriage and divorce.

Don't see it if You expect anything very funny or profound from this show.

65
Funny, Slow, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You like rather contrived 'situation' comedy with stock characters but with a few laughs and good lines along the way.

Don't see it if You don't like rather fluffy and over-long situation comedies a bit over-acted and predictable.

60
Banal, Confusing, Cliched, Great acting

See it if You are interested in the complicated relationships among exes. Halfway between a sitcom and a soap.

Don't see it if You are looking for hilarity. There are few laughs. If you are looking for a profound show, or even light fun. (The poster lies.)

Also Despite the nice set and decent acting, I was very disappointed. The p... Read more Read less

60
Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you are interested in a trivial story with uninteresting characters.

Don't see it if you need your acting to be real, the dialogue to be sharp and the story to be believable.

67
Fluffy, Funny, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to waste a couple of hours. Has a few chuckles but this show needs a lot of cleaning up. Actors do what they can with the material.

Don't see it if You are looking for a good set, good plot, and an ending that makes sense. Divorce is not much fun...Exes wasn't either .

60
Ambitious, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You do not mind a rather long, not well written, not very funny “comedy.” Performance was at a B level.

Don't see it if You expect quick, witty dialogue. Of a comedy.

55
Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You like straight acting without music.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged intellectually.

66
Uneven, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you like complicated relationship dramas whose intricacies slowly unfold throughout the show. Also if you like semi-comedy and semi-camp.

Don't see it if you expect a full-on comedy or drama or campy farce. It has bits of each but not enough of any, which left me wondering what it was.

Also It's hard to take this play seriously when a few of the characters are... Read more Read less

69
Disappointing

See it if you have 2 hours to pass

Don't see it if you have something else to do...

Also Very disappointing. The synopsis promised a funny show, but the tag li... Read more Read less

50
Tiring, Funny, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like silly rom coms.

Don't see it if you are looking for a tight, engaging show.


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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