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The Outer Space

From 75 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow

About the show

Joe’s Pub at The Public presents a bittersweet and off-kilter new musical about a couple who join a colony in outer space. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman. More…

The brainchild of Ethan Lipton, 'The Outer Space' features the playwright/songwriter/performer narrating and singing the tale of two people who buy an old spaceship, and trade the noise, pollution, and overpriced rents of Earth for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But can they survive the mission?

Member Reviews (75)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow
Avg Score

Slow, Quant, Disappointing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You're a fan of folksy story telling. This was an OK story/show with one phenomenal number. Almost worth seeing just for that one song.

Don't see it if You want to actually see a musical...or a show...this is a concert or a podcast at best.

Fine, Funny, Unabsorbing, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you like stories told in a cabaret style.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by a show exploring stark interpersonal issues all of a sudden turning around with a happy ending out of nowhere.

Great storytelling, Funny, Great writing, Resonant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy cabaret performances or quirky stories and music (with a strong message about finding personal happiness and fulfillment).

Don't see it if you're looking for a staged performance/traditional theatrical experience.

Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Funny, Great musicians

See it if you might enjoy a quirky story with some great jazz/folk music. The small band is excellent. Fun & entertaining, but maybe not for everyone.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that resembles a concert or stand up more than a full scale play. you're averse to sci-fi, jazz/folk music.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if see note

Don't see it if see note

Also A wonderful song cycle set in outer space at a "futuristic" time not s... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you have ever considered getting away from it all but never thought about the practicalities of what that would mean.

Don't see it if you expect real science fiction or any attempt to make living in outer space logical..

Slow, Funny, Smart lyrics, Not exactly a musical

See it if you enjoy folksy, quirky music and a concept that makes you think.

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully staged musical. This is more along the lines of a concert/song cycle.

A talkcert, Clever, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like clever, wry, dry, subtle wordplay. Appreciate a monologue with song that challenges you to think and allows you to giggle.

Don't see it if You want to see a standard theatrical production. Aren't a fan of intellectual humor or ensemble music. Don't enjoy a club scene.

Also First time seeing Lipton -- a talented mix of Steven Wright's observat... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you like stand up, lounge singers, storytelling, or twangy music. Or space settlers. Or romantic struggles and battles with depression.

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical, classically beautiful voices, or a straightforward plot.

Also What a strange show! It's one man singing (more earnestly than excelle... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Genial, Whimsical

See it if You'd like a low key standup comedy cabaret musical which riffs on urban complaints, celebrating a life of having all the right problems.

Don't see it if You must always be serious, seeking only high art. You disdain an evening of lightweight fun.

Clever, Funny

See it if You like original songs with clever conceits delivered by a talented stand-up with a dead pan delivery and some good sidemen.

Don't see it if You expect a show with sets, dancers, and a plot instead of a routine.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Unique

See it if want a show that's essentially a monologue w/ music; set in the future, in the orbit of mercury, really someone telling a story with songs

Don't see it if Want sets, or a real "book" musical; it's more like a song cycle with an interconnected story.

Outer space doesn't take quite off

See it if You get the tix on tdf & you go out a lot & want to mix it up with a chill night at Joe's Pub

Don't see it if You want to be rivited

Also There is nothing particularly wrong about Outer Space... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like Garrison Keillor-type monologues and great small bands. See it if you like lyrics that make you think and that you can relate to.

Don't see it if you are expecting a real musical with lots of songs and dance.

Also You will spend an absorbing 80 minutes thinking about life and what ma... Read more Read less

Charming, Heartfelt, Funny, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you don't need the frills of Broadway in order to feel connected with the characters. It's a simple production that is sweet & meaningful.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy eclectic musical offerings. It's easy to follow but not a straight forward, spoon-fed story line.

Clever, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you're an Ethan Lipton fan (and if you're not, you should be) or enjoy a quirky view of life on an angle.

Don't see it if you aren't up for letting reality go and enjoying the ride through Ethan's very funny eyes!

Wacky, Entertaining, Song-cycle, Non-plot driven

See it if you want to see something out of the ordinary. More song-cycle than traditional, I was surprised how entertained I was.

Don't see it if you not in the mood for a real "out there" show where you do need to pay a little attention. Or wanna see HAMILTON.

Slow, Tries too hard, Disappointing, Lesser sequel, Indulgent

See it if You LOVE Ethan Lipton (as I do) and are excited about his next act... (...and are just as prepared to be disappointed).

Don't see it if You LOVE Ethan Lipton and do not want to undermine memories of his fabulous concerts and the altogether brilliant "No Place to Go."


See it if You love Ethan Lipton. He is brilliant, no doubt, and his musicians are first-rate, but this one was a disappointment.

Don't see it if You love Ethan Lipton. You will be disappointed.

Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if a light show with mediocre music. Still entertaining and enjoyable but in a low key way.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deeply moving or profoundly funny show.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if if you enjoy quirky shows with subtle songs and totally unpretentious and talented performers

Don't see it if if you require glitz and show-biz or subtle humor doesn't work for you

Delightful, Good music, Intimate

See it if Enjoyable one-man show, cabaret-style in an intimate pub setting. Talented musicians and fun/cute music overall. Playful and clever lyrics.

Don't see it if This is not a musical. Themes explored are relatable (for New Yorkers, at least) but well-trodden.

Also Good way to spend 1.5 hours on a Sunday afternoon (starting 1 PM) befo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Funny, Quirky, Endearing. clever lyrics.

See it if You enjoy eclectic music, good lyrics, a quirky story--and you live or have lived in NYC.

Don't see it if You expect a real plot and a musical with a full cast of performers.

Also I haven't encountered Ethan Lipton's work before and I was tickled by ... Read more Read less

Clever, Fun

See it if You are interested in off beat cabaret.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor.

March 8th, 2017
“Sly, grumpy and just delightful…In numbers that lean on jazz, soul, funk and pop, Lipton turns his raspy tenor to clever rhymes…Do we really need another show in which a white guy vents his economic insecurity and foul mood? Turns out we do…This thumpingly humane show isn’t about getting away fr...
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March 8th, 2017
“Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, Lipton delivers this tale with unassuming charm…But although it’s often clever, ‘The Outer Space’ gets trapped in too strict an orbit around its central joke: interplanetary travel as a metaphor for leaving the big city and moving to the country. By the time Lipton go...
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March 15th, 2017
"A charmer...I realize this probably sounds unbearably twee in the telling, right down to the William Accorsi-like rocket ship hanging over the stage. But in the performance by Ethan Lipton, who wrote the whole thing with Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian M. Riggs–brilliant instrumentalists who al...
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March 8th, 2017
"Remarkably, Lipton is able to sustain this thinly veiled allegory through a gentle deadpan delivery. His dulcet growl is reminiscent of Garrison Keillor…At first glance, this jovial evening of story and song doesn't ask much, but if you listen closely, you'll notice that it brushes against the m...
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