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

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

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.

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.

44
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if you enjoy TV comedies with laugh tracks, you feel embarrassed for actors struggling with unfunny comedies

Don't see it if you expect to laugh more than once an hour

Also Neil Simon might have wrought something funny out of this situation. T... Read more Read less

49
Not new york worthy, Too long, Banal

See it if A night out is what you are after.

Don't see it if Laughing is expected. Well maybe twice.

Also It had promise which was not fulfilled. And the music before, during i... Read more Read less

22
Awkward, Unfunny, Clumsy, Uneven, Baffling

See it if you have a comp ticket. That's the only way you'll get your moneys worth.

Don't see it if you have expectations for a good experience at the theatre. Or if you are expecting good acting.

Also Well, the set was nice (however cramped.)... Read more Read less

21
Banal, Insipid, Confusing, Slow, Excruciating

See it if You know someone involved in the production and you need to be a supportive family member or friend.

Don't see it if You know someone involved with the production and you can't keep a straight-face while telling them how wonderful it was... NOT!

Also As the play opens, an actor speaks into his phone, but a Fax would've ... Read more Read less

25
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You can sit through bad theater and chalk it up to a learning experience as to why things don't work and what to avoid.

Don't see it if You're looking for an enjoyable time at the theater.

Also Aside from the uneven acting (to put it nicely), the play itself doesn... Read more Read less

49
Overrated, Slow, Insipid, Banal, Cliched

See it if You know someone in the cast.

Don't see it if You want to see something amusing. It’s not funny and boring. Acting is disappointing. The good reviews are obviously shills.

22
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You don't mind when some actors don't do much more than recite lines. If you don't mind not understanding why the 2nd act even exists.

Don't see it if If you like a gut ripping, hilarious show. If you expect perfection.

37
Funny, Dated, Confusing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want a very traditional Neil Simon-esque comedy.

Don't see it if You want something very fresh or ground-breaking.

49
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if To support lesser-known, off-Broadway theatres, nice set, intimate theatre space.

Don't see it if Over acting, actors who talk towards the audience instead of each other, bad blocking, cliched bad sitcom pilot script.

25
Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched

See it if If you just want to be distracted, and don't care what you're watching, this show is for you.

Don't see it if You don't like cliched, over the top, predictable, unfunny comedies.

30
Privileged, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love hearing white, middle-class people complaining how hard it is being rich.

Don't see it if You have any sense.

2
Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if If you have no idea what is funny.

Don't see it if you have a pulse.

38
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Can't find a reason to see it. I guess if you know a cast member and you want to support them.

Don't see it if It is repetitious. Too long by half an hour. 90% of the play is made up of stories, so that we are told what happens... all the time.

Also The characters are flat. The director allowed the female actresses to ... Read more Read less

25
Indulgent, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if the tickets are free and you have nothing else to do

Don't see it if you like good writing, good acting, and a plot that is not dated

25
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to get out of the heat! One gem was the older gentleman that played the House Servant. He embodied the part.

Don't see it if You have any other option. The acting was not good, the directing was terrible, and the writing...tired and not funny.

Also Needed a major re-write to make it feel fresh. Not sure if the writer ... 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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