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The Robber Bridegroom

From 472 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great staging

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents an irreverent, playful, and, at times, raunchy tribute to the con men, hucksters and charlatans that created our great nation. More…

Based on the short story by beloved writer Eudora Welty, 'The Robber Bridegroom' is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who’s a gentleman by day and a bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down. Alex Timbers directs.


Member Reviews (472)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great staging
82
Avg Score

70
Fluffy, Manic, Entertaining, Broad, Well-sung

See it if you are entertained by fluff. Fun songs, well performed. Very handsome, talented leads. I enjoyed it, but I'm not proud of myself.

Don't see it if mugging annoys you. This show demands the audience laugh at stupidity. Less would have been more; this production tried too hard.

74
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if Your looking for a fun, funny light night of theatre. Original and great music.

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious show.

64
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You live revivals. It's a fresh take but not a great show.

Don't see it if It costs you more than $5 to see it.

86
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if for those who are ready to welcome some country fun into NYC Pasquale does it again but this time with a laid back approach

Don't see it if you just cannot accept something different for a NY audience

55
Mildly-entertaining, Banal, Cliched, Quirky, Farcical

See it if you want to see some fine performers working very hard (sometimes effectively) to make this schtick-filled southern-fried musical work.

Don't see it if you like your musicals to be a little more intellectually advanced than "Hee Haw".

84
Funny, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you're a fan of Steven Pasquale or Leslie Kritzer who are terrific, you enjoy zany plots cleverly staged with a fine, twangy score

Don't see it if you don't like crazy farces or musicals made just for entertainment, old sight gags, and actors playing multiple roles with some confusion

79
Boisterous send-up of "hee-haw" style show; you need to be real smart to act this dumb

See it if /since show is cleverly hokey and "low tech"; employs fine bluegrass band and ebullient ensemble/outstanding Steven Pasquale

Don't see it if you are not a fan of "farmer's daughter" jokes, Dukes of Hazzard hijinks or dumb sight gags (head in a box anyone?), all played 4 laughs

94
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Great music, Quirky

See it if you enjoy the clever and creative use of "low-budget" effects, bluegrass music, and fairy tales. This is a fun show with lots of laughs.

Don't see it if you're looking for great depth or aren't into bluegrass.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You want 90 minutes of quirky fun.

Don't see it if You dislike slapstick or farce.

25
Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing, Energetic (though a bit too much at times)

See it if You want to see some of the actors or you want to see this particular play. But you're better off not seeing it.

Don't see it if I cannot recommend this play. You didn't care about the characters & there was lots of violence that was supposedly funny but was unpleasant

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy an opportunity for a good giggle with some foot tapping tunes. This is fun evening.

Don't see it if you are looking for deep meanings or complex truths.

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy old fashioned style country musicals with great fun character acting ad a fun melodramatic plot. Alex Timbers, director great job!

Don't see it if You can't deal with sometimes raunchy dialogue and a very non politically correct plot !Boy meets girl, loses her, gets her is not for you.

88
Entertaining, Quirky, Hilarious, Clever, Original

See it if You love wonderful singing,want to smile,have fun watching Steven Pasquale and Leslie Kritzer,a perfect ensemble tear up the stage

Don't see it if Care about great composers' musicals and need a profound theme

100
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

See it if You want a giddy, entertaining, uncomplicated theater experience. You like "Story Theater", clever bits and asides, tall tales, raucous fun.

Don't see it if you don't like silly plots or won't be charmed by clever theatricality. You hate all country music or didn't like O Brother Where Art Thou.

73
Fluffy, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you enjoy watching one of the most handsome vocalists on Broadway, with a high energy cast and musicians.

Don't see it if you like theater with substance or you don't like musicals with country music.

82
Quirky, Fluffy, Raunchy, silly, energetic

See it if you like no 4th wall, a silly fast paced story, a great on-stage band that sometimes jumps into the action, and a cast that's having a ball.

Don't see it if you're offended by obscenties being mouthed but not spoken out loud, you like a plausible story or any kind of meaningful message.

70
Delightful, Funny, Overrated

See it if you want a fun night of light entertainment. This musical is nice and has some funny moments, but it's nothing exquisite either.

Don't see it if you don't like bluegrass inspired music or find some cliche, banal humor unbearable.

74
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Funny, Great singing

See it if ...you like country music and simple country tales. Terrific performances. Bouncy music.

Don't see it if ...like me, country stuff is not your cup of tea. Simplistic story. Pretty silly.

75
Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever

See it if if you like easy, fun theater. you like clever directing and staging

Don't see it if you don't like southern/bluegrass music you like challenging plots and characters

84
Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want an entertaining and well-created​ show

Don't see it if you want a serious or thought provoking experience

79
Entertaining, Delightful, Quirky, Ambitious, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy blue grass music, good voices, silly visual comedy and don't mind corny plots.

Don't see it if Prefer high brow entertainment

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You just want to have a fun evening. Wonderful performances by all especially Pasquale & Kritzer.

Don't see it if You are a sourpuss.

100
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Original, Great staging

See it if you want a great evening of American musical theater. Better than the original of 1975.

Don't see it if you are looking for Phantom or Les Mis.

60
Confusing, Energetic, Silly, Disappointing, Stupid

See it if The talented, energetic cast couldn't make this nonsensical, country music mess of a musical work for me. Leslie Kritzer steals the show.

Don't see it if The comedy is broad, physical and wacky and the cast tries in earnest but the songs were incredibly dull and the story stupid but not funny.

83
Fun, fun, fun

See it if you like a complicated fun story with lots of action and intricate staging and perfect timing movements.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of crazy stories with wild goingson.


March 13th, 2016
"Alex Timbers’s exceedingly high-spirited revival of this 1975 musical will not be to everyone’s liking. But even those allergic to Southern-fried shtick are unlikely to go away feeling entirely empty. Mr. Timbers uses visual wit and gleefully macabre gags to provide awakening jolts during this s...
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March 13th, 2016
"There’s nary a lull in Alex Timbers’s exuberant revival of 'The Robber Bridegroom', a raucous hootenanny set in a fanciful version of 18th-century Mississippi...It is a delightfully inventive reimagining of Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman’s 1975 musical...Like many of Timbers’s previous projects,...
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March 13th, 2016
"Timbers draws from his usual bag of magic tricks, prop jokes, and winking meta-theatricality to keep the eye and attention engaged at all times. Even so, the story, having been pulled away from any real engagement with its dark fundamentals, now seems like an excuse instead of the point. That in...
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March 13th, 2016
"Combining hyperkinetic rowdiness and spirited self-mockery with the larkish low-tech Story Theater tricks, the production imposes the director's signature wink-wink style on the material to a suffocating degree. The show boasts a hardworking cast, a rousing five-piece band and gorgeous design el...
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