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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

82
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A fun evening at the theatre with a hilarious play with excellent staging!

Don't see it if If you don’t like comedies then you can miss this one.

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

71
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Great writing

See it if You want to see comedy about divorced people getting along. You like family drama. And the butler who keeps peace with them

Don't see it if Are looking for a comedy. Some parts were ok but the script needs fine tuning

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

94
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a hilarious comedy about a familiar topic, divorce, with lots of twists and turns

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedies, especially about divorce

Also The show was well-done. Funny plot, great acting, simple, but nice set... Read more Read less

70
Mildly funny, Great plot structure, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see a play with a well planned plot structure and a beautiful set.

Don't see it if you want to see comedy that is actually laugh out loud funny. It is amusing at times but very slow moving.

90
Great acting, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy laughing out loud & seeing what happens when exes, a daughter's impending marriage & new loves meet for a Christmas Eve wedding.

Don't see it if You don't like story's about exes Just go see it for tons of fun!

70
Absorbing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny

See it if you like some rom-com and aren't too picky about story lines, etc. This was...cute, and fun and silly

Don't see it if you expect broadway quality at an off broadway show

70
Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you can imagine what this potentially campy and farcical romp might have been had the writing been sharper and the execution better.

Don't see it if you expect to find this play funnier than it actually is, don't like old-fashioned situation comedy, can overlook the differences in talent.

Also Kudos to the "house manager" actor and the set designer. I actually wa... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Banal

See it if you enjoy sitcom plays with clearly drawn characters and gags, some good comic expressions and some jokes that do land throughout the play.

Don't see it if Mind some inconsistent performances and not all the characters being funny. Some plotting problems and very broad humor.

Also biggest complain structural is Richard is a tell but don't show charac... Read more Read less

70
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You would like to see great set, good actors, cliche themes (divorce, bridezilla daughter, prenup negotiations etc). Not many surprises.

Don't see it if You are expecting over the top play, still there are a lot of things need to be worked out.

84
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if You like comedies about life

Don't see it if You like dramas and musicals

70
Slow, Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Slow-moving light average comedy with a few Chuckles here and there but not enough to sustain it for a 2 hour duration. .

Don't see it if You're looking for more than a few laughs on occasion

70
Louder! faster!, Entertaining, Great staging, Dated, Funny

See it if Wonderful set, lights, sound, costumes. Comfortable seating British butler steals the show. Some good laughs.

Don't see it if Drawing Room comedy is not dead. But it hasn’t been resurrected in this production either. Not as funny as it ought to be because too

Also many different acting styles slow down the comedy. High energy in some... Read more Read less

85
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want a light silly story and a fun show. The end was a surprise.

Don't see it if You don’t like cornball humor


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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