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The Roundabout

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

About the show

Cahoots Theatre Company presents a rare revival of this comedy about England in the '30s, when it looked as if the social order might be changing. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is an old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both turn up; and his butler has a big win at the races. Playwright J.B. Priestley is best known for his classic drama 'An Inspector Calls.' First staged in 1932, 'The Roundabout' is enjoying its very belated U.S. debut.


Member Reviews (53)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Clever
76
Avg Score

75
Funny, Unfocused, Slow, Well acted, Clever

See it if you enjoy British comedies. There are laughs, but the silly plot gets tedious in Act II. JBP must have finished the script quickly.

Don't see it if you dislike uneven acting. The women are better than the men. Pamela stands out, altho her character is annoying. Chuffey has the best part.

79
Some oldies deserve to be revived, others not; this oldie but goodie does

See it if fun; '30s play combines sting of GB Shaw/satirizes casual communists + breeziness of Noel Coward/upper class idiocy well played by Brit cast

Don't see it if a lot of overacting by stock characters to evoke laughs, predictable plotting, too restrained to be memorable farce

81
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy witty dialogue with British accent. Very developed characters, especially the daughter. Shaw would have done even more with plot.

Don't see it if don't like farce or British accents.

82
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see an English drawing room comedy that touches on issues of politics and class.

Don't see it if You don't like classic well-made dramas with a generally predictable plot.

19
Dated, Excruciating

See it if you want to see a play that hasn't been performed since 1932.

Don't see it if you are expecting a funny, British, farce, or comedy.

Also This play has not been performed since 1932 and there's a reason why. ... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like terrific acting, great writing, and an interesting set. This drawing room comedy explores issues of class in a delightful way.

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious and pedantic. The acting is really top notch. Show is a lot of fun without being silly.

73
30's revival, Witty, Mannered, Relevant to its time

See it if Almost charming, well observed story of upper class English facing crumbling of their class structure. Sometimes lovely, often stagy, light-

Don't see it if ... weight period piece notable for the lack of raillery at the situation, a keen eye for hypocrisy, and wonderful costumes.

78
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Slow act 2

See it if English drawing room comedy about British classes facing economic downturn in early 1930's; funny characters

Don't see it if Act 2 slows as one of the main characters becomes (as described by another character) 'tiresome'. 2 fun characters in Act 1 do not appear.

Also Disappointing because I've seen other theater companies (such as Mint)... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Witty, Perceptive, Great acting

See it if You enjoy traditional play from the 1930's that are a bit farcical.

Don't see it if If favor serious contemporary plays.

Also There is some perceptive relevance to present day human interactions a... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Witty, Intelligent, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies and comedy of manners from the 1930s and 1940s.

Don't see it if That seems twee to you.

Also As the penultimate line declares, “Mozart- what life ought to be like”... Read more Read less

67
Disappointing, Boring

See it if Despite the very good acting, sets & costumes, I could not get into this play. For some reason, the characters could not engage me.

Don't see it if you want any action at all. Dialog not strong enough to carry this play.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if like your comedies British. It's an old school show, with serious discussions of class disparity, delivered with humor and fun.

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

70
Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Dated

See it if you enjoy plays that are definitely "period pieces", especially one by J.B. Priestley which has neve been done in this country before.

Don't see it if you have no patience with old-fashioned plays that seem to have no relevance to our world today.

83
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy British theater. Loved the premise of families coming together after long separations. Lots of interesting characters.

Don't see it if You don't care for British theater.

69
Fluffy, Silly, Amusing, Inconsequential

See it if you like English drawing room comedies.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious--or a great comedy.

67
Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You can't resist "Olde-Fash" British plays, even a rare, early one written by a fine playwright--J.B.Priestly, author of WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

Don't see it if & AN INSPECTOR CALLS, etc. This was tedious & confusing beyond measure & not very well played by an English theater company. Get me out!

83
Delightful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see an older British play revived with a talented cast.

Don't see it if you think it's all so precious.

77
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Want to be entertained with British humor and have some good laughs. Good clean family fun.

Don't see it if Don't like British humor and aren't interested in family dramas.

79
Charming, Clever, Great acting, Amusing, Entertaining

See it if you'd like an amusing view of English satire of class and politics

Don't see it if vintage plays hold no interest for you

60
Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like dated British 'comedy' well played by a good cast but dated and very stylized, nevertheless.

Don't see it if You can't stand the sight of the British aristocracy making idiots of themselves.

71
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Enjoy old school English comedies with a subtle hint of social parody.

Don't see it if Not interested in shows about British Society with message

71
Great singing, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if like dated english plays about class with with some good acting from all english cast

Don't see it if love 59e59 brits but found this one uninteresting dated slow it was a preview so maybe the timing was off not a must see or must stay away

71
Nice enough but not outstanfding

See it if you love british comedy

Don't see it if you've grown weary of their attitudes

50
Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if drawing room English comedy of manners interest you and you don't mind a lot of shrill, clipped bad accents.

Don't see it if you expect to learn anything or be transported. I could barely remember what the thing was about by the time I got home.

93
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if U enjoy British humor & love English spoken well & classy social manners & styles from a bygone elegant era. U like J.B. Priestley's plays.

Don't see it if U don't like farce. U don't understand English upper.class customs. U have trouble with British accents.

Also This is a small gem among Priestley's lauded works & the NY presentati... Read more Read less


May 3rd, 2017
“This sparkling, impeccably staged play will be catnip to ‘Downton Abbey’ devotees, with equal doses of humor and insight...Some period conventions creak…The director, Hugh Ross, adds a soupçon of farce to the percolating proceedings, keeping his busy cast on point. Throughout, Priestley gently r...
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May 3rd, 2017
“A truly charming play, one that will appeal to a broad audience…Directed by Hugh Ross, the staging is superb and the show's cast shines bright in their roles…The comings and goings of these colorful characters, the clash of social classes, and the fast-paced, clever dialogue create a totally ent...
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May 3rd, 2017
“'The Roundabout' is a very mild evening of drawing-room skirmishes, the sort of thing that Coward, Maugham, and Frederick Lonsdale handled far more deftly…A few bright remarks aside, this is a strictly by-the-numbers affair: Couples are arranged and rearranged…Hugh Ross' production could use som...
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May 1st, 2017
"A charming and well-performed work with an undercurrent of social criticism...A well-oiled ensemble, which, under Hugh Ross's direction, does a fine job of keeping the lighter-than-air domestic comedy floating stylishly and smoothly for its close to two-and-half-hour running time...While 'The Ro...
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