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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)


Slow, Disappointing, Clever, Dated, Ambitious
Avg Score

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you likeplays that puts it together somewhat at the end and makes you thinkof whats meaningful in a relationship. Nice inclusion of disabled

Don't see it if you don't like a too obvious comparison of GW Bush times to Trump times.. Totally cliched portrayal of how to have a political impact.

Also These peoples cliched views and trite roles just leave you unintereste... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Funny, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You're up for an intriguing concept that makes you debate the extremely relevant question of how much we owe society vs ourselves.

Don't see it if You want the intriguing concept to completely stick the landing. It's good but doesn't quite do that.

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a small intimate experience.

Don't see it if You want a big production.

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if light parody of upper mid class life & worries. Nice singing &piano. Ponder if one can break through, be heard, make a difference politicall

Don't see it if don't like play making fun of & giving comic critiques of itself. Elegant sharp set. Intimate theater space. Great acting. Social political

During previews
Clever, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you really like A.R. Gurney plays

Don't see it if you are severely bothered by some bad acting. It was painful to watch at times.

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if Might be good for a Professor of playwrighting history

Don't see it if Hard to care about characters, pointless story

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if great set, great lines, for theater people Gurney oldie has to be seen. We always like ART staff

Don't see it if No moving plotline .. location location location Early Gurney

During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like to sit for 1 1/2 hours and wish you were somewhere else.

Don't see it if you like good comedies or musicals or just good acting

During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a thought provoking, symbolic show that you will continue to analyze days after you have seen it.

Don't see it if You want a no brainer that doesn’t challenge you to think outside the box

Also Congratulations to TBTB for once again over coming barriers and pushin... 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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