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The Fourth Wall

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Clever, Dated, Ambitious

About the show

Theater Breaking Through Barriers presents A.R. Gurney's theatrical meta-comedy about the intersection between real life and life on stage. More…

Peggy has redecorated the living room and her husband, Roger, can't stand it. Peggy's usual exquisite taste has been overcome by a mysterious lapse which caused her to redo the room as if it were a stage set. Everything faces one wall, 'The Fourth Wall,' and everyone who enters the room begins to behave as if they were acting in a play. Troubled by this odd behavior, Roger calls in the local theatre professor in the hopes that he can "doctor" Peggy's “play,” break 'The Fourth Wall,' and bring the madness to a close. 


Member Reviews (84)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Disappointing, Clever, Dated, Ambitious

60
Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You like out of the box shows with quirky characters.

Don't see it if You want to laugh. You want a complex plot.

67
Quirky, Slow, Amusing

See it if If you love Cole Porter and enjoy a simple plot line that makes fun of the obvious. Solid acting.

Don't see it if You don’t love Cole Porter. This show is Lso not for you if you would find a play that wants to be a musical annoying.

65
Great staging, Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing

See it if If you enjoy good writing.

Don't see it if if you enjoy fast moving action and expect excellent acting.

68
Intelligent, Sub par acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see something which tries to deal with larger ideas and philosophies. Some good jokes.

Don't see it if You are easily annoyed by some actors. Get bored with repetitive humor. Don't like being pandered to.

50
Dated, Slow, Confusing, Singing, Psychological

See it if you like to have something to discuss for the rest of the night. Also, if you like open (no-borders) casting.

Don't see it if you like a play that is easily categorized and easy to follow.

69
Thought-provoking, Confusing, Quirky, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like AR Gurney’s writing and if you enjoy theatre in the round.

Don't see it if You only like musicals.

During previews
65
Clever, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you want to support an earnest theater co. tackling a Pirandello-esque comedy about theatrical conventions, activism & patrician domesticity

Don't see it if u don't enjoy Gurney's slice-of-WASP-life plays; u expect a routine drawing room comedy; u can't abide clunky pacing that lessens the comedy

During previews
62
Dated, Dull, Well-meaning, Poorly executed, Clever premise

See it if you are a Gurney completist & need to see the revised version of a not-so-frequently revived play.

Don't see it if you are not looking to spend your evening watching 4 game actors trying to beat some comic life into a dated patchwork of a script.

Also The ending of “The Fourth Wall” is bracing. 2 of the play’s 4 characte... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Clever, Thought-provoking, Flawed execution of a witty concept, The actors are not polished comedians

See it if you like political plays about seeking a wider perspective, have a generous attitude toward less polished acting tackling enjoyable scripts

Don't see it if you dismiss the possibility of gaining a wider perspective, don’t excuse hammy acting, want an unqualified good show/Gurney done really well

Also Glad I saw it, tho it’ll likely get clobbered by the critics. Might pa... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if see below

Don't see it if see below

Also Though there are moments of sublime Gurney, he seems to have written a... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Uneven

See it if you are a fan of A.R. Gurney and some of his absurd premises. This is not one of his best plays but offers some worthwhile insights.

Don't see it if you like logical plays with no crazy assumptions.

During previews
60
Dated, Meta, Tedious, Great set, Disappointing

See it if you like drawing room comedies.

Don't see it if you expect top drawer Gurney, dislike meta shows are easily bored.

During previews
68
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if You want to see a play that is entertaining, has a great set, good acting, some singing but a little slow at times.

Don't see it if You need a fast moving play. You are not interested in a play that has some singing.

During previews
67
Cliched, Great singing, Indulgent, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You want to see actors transcend the fourth wall. You like cole porter tied into scenes. The supporting actors need development.

Don't see it if You cannot bend reality or like plays with interpersonal drama.

During previews
60
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are a big Gurney fan. I am but this is far from his best work

Don't see it if you are looking for a fast paced comedy Also for a play with music the actors do not sing very well

During previews
63
Cliched, Indulgent, Slow

See it if It is the opposite of subtle, clinched. If you are fixated on player pianos, this is for you.

Don't see it if You have other options.

During previews
62
Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if I usually enjoy a drawing room comedy &appreciated this theater company breaking through barriers. But this made little sense & was tedious

Don't see it if Felt no chemistry among the actors despite the couple being an actual couple. It went on too long without being funny or meaningful.

During previews
62
Clever, Dated, Disappointing

See it if I really wanted to like this play because I like the playwright and this company, but the acing was not up to par...Great set though..

Don't see it if You do not want to be disappointed by the uneven acting.

During previews
59
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you like second-rate Gurney

Don't see it if You expect to see a professional production

During previews
59
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Some good lines

See it if you enjoy a.r. gurney and where his plays can take you.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for off broadway quality shows, with lesser experienced actors.

Also the acting, while not bad, wasn't great. but anyone who has the guts t... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you like minor comedies with mediocre acting.

Don't see it if you like your comedies crisper and more relevant.

During previews
60
Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Ugh

See it if Gurney’s folly. Tries to comment on the state of theatre today(ish) but it’s too meta by half and the acting is a (very) mixed bag. Next.

Don't see it if I forgot I was in New York during this, but not in a good way. Felt like dinner theatre in Peoria with the requisite talent, such as it was.

Also Had only there been an intermission at which to leave. Cole Porter son... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Clever, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you want to support actors with disabilities or love Gurney.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well paced comedy.

During previews
66
Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you’re a fan of Gurney, or have deep interest in how the fourth wall affects the theater of life

Don't see it if you’re not in the mood for a thoughtful, off-beat evening of theater

During previews
63
It just doesn't sing enough

See it if Gurney fans who want to see every production of his work might feel happy. And actors with some challenges are to be applauded.

Don't see it if You expect a totally professional show.

Also Have you seen the small Gural Theatre on 10th. Ave and 53rd. Street? I... Read more Read less


June 7th, 2018
"TBTB admirably gives opportunities for disabled actors to perform in professional productions, so it is baffling that they would waste resources on such a rusty clunker...The play has aged terribly in the last 16 years, as the novelty of 'Urinetown'-style metatheatrical humor has increasingly ta...
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June 16th, 2018
"For the show's first Off-Broadway revival, A.R. Gurney is represented by a talented production team and cast who bring one of his lesser-done shows to celebrated life...The collaborative efforts of a diverse cast are proven successful in this rather momentous production of a show not many people...
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June 8th, 2018
“Burris and Scott have altered the landscape of Gurney's satire, and in doing so they have nearly done away with it altogether...A cast that demonstrates no affinity for this sort of artifice; instead, they perform in a variety of clashing styles, none of which suit Gurney's comedy...'The Fourth ...
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June 15th, 2018
"Though A.R. Gurney chose a familiar definition of the theater as the title for his 1992 play, 'The Fourth Wall' ultimately proves to be less about the theater than about its four characters. And although these four characters are straightforward enough as written by Gurney, director Christopher ...
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