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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.