Already closed | 3h 10m | West Village

The Flick

From 91 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Original

About the show

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks of three underpaid ushers in a run-down movie palace. More…

While they mop the floors and attend to the 35 millimeter film projector at a theater in central Massachusetts, the ushers' own stories play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, Pulitzer Prize-winner 'The Flick' is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

3h 10m | Already closed | Barrow Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (91)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Original
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Sophomoric, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like to see real life on stage. Events happen in real time (like cleaning up the movie theater). Banal philosophizing (cell call).

Don't see it if you want action; this is talky. I was bored and annoyed. Can't understand why it won the Pulitzer. Gold's direction exacerbated the banality

Also I have to admit that I left at intermission. I was too unimpressed. It... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a unique play with fantastic acting that will stay with you for a long time.

Don't see it if You find long plays where not much happens boring. But this play is worth it if you have the time.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if You're the type of person that needs to see any play that's won the Pulitzer.

Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours or require a lot of action in your plays.

Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent

See it if If you love great writing and great acting. This play as it all

Don't see it if you can't handle a 3 hr play. I could have watched this go on for another hour.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if you enjoy watching paint dry.

Don't see it if you like witty dialogue and fascinating characters.

Relevant, Quirky, Great writing

See it if you want to see a play with fantastic writing which is very relevant today and brings common yet dynamic characters to the stage

Don't see it if you don't like long plays or lengthy pauses between dialogue. you have no interest in cinema or movie references.

Absorbing, Kyle beltrain, Smart, Interesting characters

See it if You like a show with good character development, something smart and engaging. Has humor, drama, asks good questions.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy dialogue based plays, do not want to be too involved with the characters.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see great theater which - in simple ways - explores themes of human connection, love, and responsibility.

Don't see it if You're not prepared for a thoughtful, compelling piece of theater - by watching the interaction and relationships unfold among three people.

Original, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of Annie Baker, enjoy her writing and her use of pauses for dramatic effects.

Don't see it if are not a fan of Annie Baker and her over use of overly long pauses which IMO got monotonous after a while.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Indulgent

See it if you like slice-of-life pieces and want to just be absorbed by characters interacting in simple ways for a few hours.

Don't see it if you're just going to complain about how long it is, because shut up. You knew that going in.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want a fascinating look at how humans interact; their foibles, hypocrisies, insecurities. mostly serious w some very funny moments.

Don't see it if you are impatient, or are seeking something light and frothy. this is not a laugh riot.

Great acting, Intelligent, Lifelike, Way too long

See it if You enjoy long novels, inwardly-focused characters, deft, hyperrealistic text and contemporary settings

Don't see it if Much sitting, little action makes you restless, like me in the last hour despite being absorbed. Annie Baker, please learn to edit!

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like truly absorbing theater, engrossing performances and subtle playwriting.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays w/ little plot.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if you care about one of the best productions of the century. Consummately done, it's an epic written in the rituals of day-to-day work & life.

Don't see it if you don't want to work for your entertainment dollar. Requiring patience & attention, it can feel like a 3 hr foreign film w/o subtitles.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You appreciate brilliant writing and nuanced acting. Bonus points if you're a film geek but not necessary to appreciate its greatness.

Don't see it if You lack patience - it's long and at times can feel slow. Those stretches are deliberate and necessary to the overall vibe if this piece.

Absorbing, Quirky, Original, Must see, Great writing

See it if Like real time minimalist plays. The state of living in America today.

Don't see it if Dislike the above

Absorbing, Enchanting, Surreal, Otherworldly, Transporting

See it if You loved any of the other Sam Gold + Annie Baker collaborations (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, John, etc.)

Don't see it if You disliked any of the other Sam Gold + Annie Baker collaborations (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, John, etc.)

Enchanting, Masterful, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You care intensely about the nuance and quality of the scriptwriting

Don't see it if You need a fast moving plot or don't like long awkward pauses

Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original, Intelligent

See it if You can tolerate a script that moves at the speed of life; maybe you meditate? And you are interested in real people with current problems

Don't see it if you can't physically sustain a very long play (try the matinee)

Edgy, Entertaining, Quirky, Original

See it if you like plays with character development.

Don't see it if don't like talk-based plays.

Ambitious, Masterful, Profound

See it if You're a patient theater-goer who does not mind a great story that takes its time.

Don't see it if You've got someplace to be by 11 pm.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Original, Quirky

See it if You like Annie Baker plays. Interesting character development and insights. Glad to see this Playwrights Horizons show of 2013 back.

Don't see it if You don't like to think and are looking for pure, light entertainment.

Disappointing, Overrated, Great acting

See it if You want to see a Pulitzer Prize winning play. You want to see a mildly entertaining yet boring play about youth working in a movie theater

Don't see it if You have something better to see. You want profound writing and to be entertained all the way through.

Polarizing, Hyperrealistic, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if would watch paint dry in real time because realism, curious what the Pulitzer/Obie voters were smoking, to experience discomfort as drama

Don't see it if don't expect every character to be a quirky snowflake or manic pixie dream girl, do expect a plot over navel-gazing character study

Clever, Great writing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well written show. The show can be a bit slow, but stay with it. These are real people with insight to their lives.

Don't see it if tired. It is long and directed with some very long pauses. Don't go if you need lots of actions, this is a show you listen to.

May 19th, 2015
"A work of art so strange and fresh that it definitely freaks people out...There’s nothing radical about the language or the story, nor anything visibly avant-garde to shock the sensibility...In ways subtle and smart, it glancingly addresses issues of class and race, of who gets ahead and who get...
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May 20th, 2015
"Despite its length and aura of depressive inertia, 'The Flick' is a curiously light play about a shadowy topic: the difficulty of telling real life from projections—cinematic and the kind we put on each other...'The Flick' remains an extraordinarily engrossing, funny, weird, sweet and just plain...
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May 18th, 2015
"There are times when 'The Flick' feels undeniably and willfully self-indulgent...The play could probably have made the same points at far less length. But then we would have been deprived of the opportunity of spending so much time with these characters, who by the evening's end have thoroughly ...
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May 18th, 2015
"Annie Baker’s moving, magnificent workplace comedy...'The Flick' is flawed, but in the way that all epic, idea-filled, great plays are. It’s overlong. So’s 'King Lear.' It’s repetitive. So is 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night.' More than anything, 'The Flick' is a masterpiece of tone. Baker knows t...
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