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The Portuguese Kid

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Disappointing

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents this new feisty romantic comedy from Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, and Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley ('Doubt'), starring Jason Alexander ('Seinfeld.') More…

In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics, and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.

Member Reviews (190)


Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Disappointing
Avg Score

Incoherent script, Unfunny script, Misogynistic script, Cliched script, Boring script

See it if you are willing to sacrifice your standards of decency/taste for a couple of funny lines. The sets are fantastic if that is enough for you.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. TPK made me angry w/its horrible portrayal of women. What was MTC thinking to foist this mess on its audience?

Also I laughed once during the entire show. Lines that are meant to be funn... Read more Read less

If only "kid" w jason alexander were written by seinfeld, but it's not

See it if the actors work their tushes off to make this awkward vehicle funny, and in the first scene, it is

Don't see it if combination of jokiness and pseudo-profundity makes the production painful to watch; Alexander's Costanza shtick not well suited 2 role

Nice set, Slightly funny. a few good lines, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You really want to see Jason Alexander. He is George Costanza in the part. No different. But lines are not as good.

Don't see it if You want to see a great show and have a really entertaining evening. This is not that show.

Way better than i thought

See it if you want to see a good solid all around comedy

Don't see it if you are expecting anything serious. This is a silly even for a comedy.

Also I am officially done looking a reviews. I have no idea how some people... Read more Read less

Banal, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Flat

See it if You can excuse bad writing. You are a huge fan of any or all of the actors. You don’t care if plot is insipid as long as sets are nice !

Don't see it if You saw John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Doubt” and you are expecting another brilliant work by this Playwright !

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Redundant, Ironic

See it if You like relationship stories with great acting. Storyline wears a little thin, and Trump jokes seem unnecessary. Jason Alexander

Don't see it if You are tired of Trump jokes which seem forced into script. Are offended by obscenity and sexual references.

Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Dated

See it if You’re looking for an old fashioned comedy. It’s adorable. Great cast!

Don't see it if You only want serious drama.

Disappointing, Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you love Mary Testa.She is BRILLIANT. Jason Alexander is also terrific, playing to type Play itself is awful. Can't believe Shanley wrote it

Don't see it if you can avoid it.Boring, crass, dull,stereotyped characters. Set and lighting were very good. The script is just empty, nothing there.

Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever, Great writing

See it if you like a show that is light, funny and enjoyable. Jason Alexander and Mary Testa give memorable performances.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy romantic comedy or you are looking for a complex plot.

Miscast, Lacked chemistry, Quirky, light script

See it if love Mary Testa. She steals every scene she's in. Script was sweet, and I liked the characters, but the 4 leads and direction had issues.

Don't see it if don't like light comedies that lack any chemistry in the ensemble. Pacing is descent, but the actors don't connect.

Also I didn't dislike this play, but I spend time afterwards thinking who s... Read more Read less

Wonderful acting, Great casting, Funny, Silly, Shallow

See it if you like farces that are funny with clever dialog, great acting, excellent sets and superb casting.

Don't see it if you dislike silly, fluffy and shallow plays that are have few serious "messages" and perceptions and are "raunchy."

Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see some good acting by all the actors. And there are some funny lines. And there are some lines that are not so funny.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see something as touching as Shanley's Moonstruck.

Also My enjoyment may have been lessened by my seat in the front row. I was... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Great one-liners, Great staging, Expected more

See it if you want to some good comic sparring between J. Alexander and S.R. Scott and between Mary Testa and everyone. Many great laughs.

Don't see it if you are expecting a story you can relate to . This was punchline after punchline, and while the laughs were plentiful, it lacked substance.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You just want to laugh for 90 minutes. I was thoroughly entertained. The actors seem to be enjoying the show as much as we were.

Don't see it if You want all that hilarity to add up to anything. There was a half-hearted attempt at an ending, but it just kind of fizzled out.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You want to see an excellent cast having a ball with a fun script, and can ignore the few forced moments of profundity.

Don't see it if You get antsy during shows - this is a 1:40 show that BADLY needs an intermission between its two acts.

Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You want to see Sherie Rene Scott and Mary Testa play off each other in many laugh out loud moments; you like fast moving comedies

Don't see it if You don't like sitcoms turned into full productions

Hilarious, Great staging, Raunchy, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you want to laugh along with silly characters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy farcical, over-the-top plays or seeing TV stars on stage.

Also Yes, most of the jokes are obvious and it ain't gonna win a Pulitzer b... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Nice sets

See it if you enjoy watching good actors play constantly over-the-top, saying (usually YELLING) lines that are clearly supposed to be funny but arent!

Don't see it if you have something better to do with an hour and forty minutes of your life.

Cliched, Confusing, Raunchy, Funny, Uneven

See it if Sheree Renee Scott was hysterical. Jason Alexander -- no so much. There were a lot of very funny lines/moments, but somehow it did not

Don't see it if funny. There were also many moments of pathos, which did not seem in character with the comedy. it just did not seem to know what it was.

Also was -- a comedy or a drama with comedic moments. The sets were great a... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You are happy to see Jason Alexander acting in an off-Bway play. Nothing new from playwright Shanley. Some funny lines. Beautiful sets.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a TV sit com for theater prices.

Funny, Great staging, Cliched, Raunchy, Good acting

See it if you’d enjoy rom-com w/ expected outcome or want to see Jason Alexander perform on intimate stage. Mary Testa’s character & stage was great.

Don't see it if you prefer your plays with great susbstance.

Strong bid from kid

See it if Fan of author or the leads. Alexander does his usual excellent work. Scott does a high energy jumping act, but is funny and beautiful.

Don't see it if You want a serious play. Reheated Shanley. If familiar with his work, seems like a cut and paste writing job. More about cast than script.

Also It felt like going down memory lane with Shanley. Such a pastiche of h... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like sweet amusing plays. Enjoyable evening

Don't see it if Looking for profound, hilarious or memorable

Funny, Banal, Predictable

See it if you love Jason Alexander (and/or Sherie Rene Scott) and don't want to miss anything he (they) does.

Don't see it if you want to see something original.

Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you admire any of the stars in the show.

Don't see it if you are expecting lots of laughs. I laughed about ten times in the 1 hour and 40 minute show. :(

Also The talk back was excellent, though. Jason and Pico Alexander and Sher... Read more Read less

October 24th, 2017
“The jokes are ancient. I’m not sure you can credit as jokes the mechanical dings that the play spews every 15 seconds. They are, at best, the husks of jokes...Did I mention there’s a plot? Well there is, sort of, but it doesn’t make sense...A strong countervailing force might have encouraged Sha...
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October 24th, 2017
“The script is literally written in comic sans...Shanley’s strained, hoary sex comedy...It’s like Bergman’s 'Smiles of a Summer Night,' if the smiles were forced wacky grins...Amid the stale trashiness are salvageable morsels: a few decent jokes in the first scene, a neat revolving set by Beatty,...
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October 24th, 2017
"Unconscionable...'The Portuguese Kid' has about as much objective as an episode of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' and an arc that’s equal parts lazy predictability and seriously unfunny topicality...Predictability, though, is comparatively low on the list of ‘The Portuguese Kid’s’ sins. Far m...
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October 24th, 2017
"An underdeveloped doodle that tosses around allusions to Greek mythology as weightlessly as it takes inorganic jabs at Trump, the play squanders the talents of a gifted cast...Under Shanley's pedestrian direction, the ensemble is required to labor so hard breathing life into the material that it...
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