The Roundabout
Closed 2h 20m
The Roundabout
76

The Roundabout NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(53 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
15%
Negative
2%
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.

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Member Reviews (53)

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975 Reviews | 341 Followers
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.

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
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

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
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.

517 Reviews | 106 Followers
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. Read more

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
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.

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
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. Read more

414 Reviews | 72 Followers
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.

399 Reviews | 56 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
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 reminds us of the ephemerality of affluence in a teetering economy. His words, with their generous, sympathetic regard for human nature, cast a binding glow over the production.”
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BroadwayWorld
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 entertaining and engaging theatrical experience. You'll love the cast of 'The Roundabout.' They are funny, lively and authentic.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 some additional layers of high-comedy style, but it gets the job done…‘The Roundabout’ will probably keep audiences amused, but it is a lesser example of its genre."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 Roundabout' may not exactly be a newly rediscovered treasure unearthed from the good old days, it provides enough delights to make it well worth the visit."
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TheaterScene.net
May 5th, 2017

“While the play pretends to be making a statement about British class structure and the economic and social changes that were occurring in the 1930's, it is both very lightweight and very much a period piece of an earlier age. The repartee is good but, alas, the play is not particularly witty nor does it offer memorable one liners. From the usually brilliant J.B. Priestley we have come to expect a good deal more originality.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 30th, 2017

“A comedic, but inconsequential, look at upper-class decadence…'The Roundabout' is played for laughs, rather than ideas… All told, 'The Roundabout' is well-acted and well-staged. I wish that were enough, but it's not. Despite the still-timely reference to sexual misconduct, the play is dated; despite some terrific one-liners, its assets are insufficient to recommend what is ultimately a stale production.”
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Theater Pizzazz
May 2nd, 2017

“Unearthing old theatre gems is like digging for truffles–and British director Hugh Ross has found one…It sparkles with the wit of Wilde, the frivolity of Coward, and the saltiness of Shaw…‘The Roundabout’ holds the promise of an entertaining comedy of manners–but delivers far more…In the midst of all this frivolity, playwright Priestley offers a sharp, satirical bird's-eye view of an anxious era when England’s social order is changing and facing growing threats from abroad.”
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CurtainUp
April 30th, 2017

"Incessant flippant chatter is crisply deployed along with archaic social commentary...Going along with the presumption that pretentiously affected acting comes with the territory and with this import, credit is due to the cast and to Ross who has affably and effectively abetted...Notwithstanding the play's relative insignificance, it actually makes a slight and snippy jab at a world of disengaged gentry...A play that is, if nothing less or more, appropriately named."
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