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The Qualms

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Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing, Funny

About the show

Playwright's Horizons presents Bruce Norris' newest play about a group of couples, all without children, who REALLY enjoy each other's company. More…

Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's wife. And thy neighbor, too, at this suburban get-together for partner-swapping couples. Drawn in by The Lifestyle's promise of freedom and titillation, newly married Chris and Kristy attend an alcohol-fueled party for swingers, only to find themselves at odds with the idea of free love and, suddenly, each other.

Member Reviews (9)


Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing, Funny
Avg Score

Disappointing, Static, Unenlightening, Overrated, Strong acting

See it if you're fascinated by the swinging lifestyle. The argument for monogamy was made by the least likable character. No discernible plot.

Don't see it if you want to be engaged. Some interesting characters, but talky. During the endless clean-up scene, I wanted to help to make it go faster.

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Great acting, Surprising, Entertaining, Fun

See it if great story, fun, funny and intense. Great acting. Absorbing.

Don't see it if you don't like sexual issues being discussed on stage.

Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy laugh out loud sit-com like comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about adult themes or comedy that revolves around sexual situations.

Raunchy, Quirky, Intense, Great acting

See it if You are curious to see a play about this risqué topic. Not one usually explored. The acting is excellent.

Don't see it if With family members or friends with whom the sexual topic might be awkward.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Edgy, Relevant

See it if You are a Bruce Norris fan, or enjoy new, darkly comic plays.

Don't see it if You can't stand the discussion of sex or other topical issues.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Noah Emmerich was riveting. He's a very charismatic performer. The topic was original, and the story kept me interested.

Don't see it if It was very sexually oriented. Not for the faint of heart or conservative. Definitely not for kids.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Slow

See it if you want an engaging story and decent actors

Don't see it if you don't like run of the mill off broadway

Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a play by an author that asks the hard questions in shockingly funny and brutal ways. You can't look away.

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable easily. Sex, politics, friendships and a bunch of other things are thrown right in your face in this new piece.

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like funny, provocative shows that ask big questions in entertaining (sometimes squirm-inducing) ways.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about frank sex talk onstage.

June 14th, 2015
"'The Qualms' offers engaging performances and rawly funny exchanges, but instead of meaty drama or even sex farce we are given a series of contentious conversations about fidelity, the meaning of marriage and other magazine-article topics."
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June 14th, 2015
"The discussion is amusing, certainly, spiced up by occasional smuttiness, and very well acted all around. But Norris is not really trying to do Shaw on Shagging: He doesn’t have enough love for his characters to make any of them very plausible in their positions. Rather, he’s an underminer...Of ...
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June 14th, 2015
"The play well displays Norris' gifts for acerbic comic dialogue and pungent social satire. The characters are amusingly drawn, their heated interactions eliciting laughs and gasps. But the evening eventually winds up spinning its wheels, becoming repetitive in its themes and feeling contrived. B...
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June 14th, 2015
"From a dramatic point of view, this escalation is limiting since the play can only go in one direction. The arguments aren’t new, either. Still, Pam MacKinnon’s sleek production is very entertaining because Norris writes fantastic jerks and pits them against defensive, ultra-PC types. And the ca...
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