Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

The Show-Off

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Funny

About the show

The Peccadillo Theater Company revives George Kelly's 1924 comedy about an egotistical braggart and his farcical attempts to retain some dignity amidst his own self-aggrandizing hyperbole. Starring Annette O'Toole. More…

Notable for its blending of comedy and drama, 'The Show-Off' revolves around a working-class Irish family in North Philadelphia in the mid '20s. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and their three adult children are thrown into a state of turmoil when Amy, their middle child, brings home a preposterous suitor named Aubrey Piper. A compulsive liar with delusions of grandeur, Aubrey meets his match in Mrs. Fisher (Annette O'Toole), the crusty, no-nonsense matriarch of the family. A battle of wits ensues and the outcome is a vindication (of sorts!) of the American con man.

2h 10m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (32)


Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Funny
Avg Score

Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious, Good acting, Pointless

See it if You want to see a pleasant but pointless play. To me it seems to be a well done production of a not very good play.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something with a lot of depth or meaning. This is well done but I just don’t get what it was done for.

Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Relevant

See it if Period piece suprisingly relevant proving pomposity never goes out of style Ensemble uneven but leads O'Toole & Gould sustain interest

Don't see it if Wackerman's weak direction never finds balance between dark & light comedy Dark side (bordering on harsh & shrill) wins but a few laughs had

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like a witty comedy about characters who are regular people, not over the top. I enjoyed the playwright's true to life dialogue.

Don't see it if you like dark comedy or dysfunctional families. The interactions between family members are very realistic and often very funny.

Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are curious about this show in theater history. Why was it revived? It's not a very good play

Don't see it if You have something better to do.

Also It was last revived with the great Helen Hayes in the lead. Maybe ther... Read more Read less

Fun, dated, interesting

See it if you like old plays.....the set is fantastic, puts today's broadway to shame. acting is good. takes a few twists and turns to keep interest

Don't see it if old plays which are slow and dated turn you off. Repetitious and kinda long.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Good ensemble play about a family in the 1920's . Traditional and representative of another time. Funny and sad. Well acted.

Don't see it if You do not like dated dramas about families and relationships.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a glimpse into a time past. There are strong characters, taught writing with a twist ending. I prefer "nostalgic" to dated.

Don't see it if you cannot enjoy (or understand?) a play that is set in a time before the internet. There is still shine on this old play.

Refreshing, Quirky, Wilder-esque, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you want an escape from the usual fare to a place and time that was pure, simple, and delightful. This show was sweet without being cloying.

Don't see it if you need harsh anything for a theatrical experience to be worthwhile. This is a delicate piece, perfectly performed, and very charming too.

Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if if you have a great interest in Kelly's plays or if you're enamored with plays from this period.

Don't see it if you're looking for something that will engage you. Very slow, and some of the acting uninspired.

Underrated, Ok

See it if you like revivals of old plays. See how the older generations related. Most of the acting was pretty good. The staging/costumes were nice

Don't see it if you don't like revivals or shows ab out family dynamics.

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Fluffy, Underrated

See it if you would like to see a comedy with some serious notes, set in the 1920's. An old-fashioned, annoying focal point who makes good.

Don't see it if you dislike family comedy-dramas set in the 1920's, with a main character that entertains, but that you detest.

Also It's funny. Most of the bad reviews I see on Show-Score complain that ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if Annette O'Toole is truly a wonderful actress who elevates the dated material and the other actors. The production never got the tone right.

Don't see it if The 1st act is short but doesn't establish why anyone would stay for the second act, which is twice as long as the first and feels like it.

Great staging, Well acted, Intelligent, Seriocomic, Writing holds up

See it if you enjoy a well-crafted play, but could be played for more comedy.

Don't see it if Edward Albee is your cup of tea.

Dated, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an interesting old play which has a a very dull first act. Hang in there...It get better. Very annoying lead character.

Don't see it if If you've seen another production of it. In spite of a gorgeous set, I have a feeling that this show has been done better. not very funny

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if for whatever reason you have some fondness for this dated, dusty, play and a production that doesn't help hide it's flaws.

Don't see it if if you're expecting a funny and or relevant production.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Good directing, stage design, & costumes

See it if Love satire/comedy with good dialogues & distinct characters portrayed by good cast. Like old American plays with good period set & costumes

Don't see it if U don't like revival of dated period defined plays because U unfairly judge them with today's perspective without appreciating their value.

Also Peccadillo Theater Company does not disappoint with the revival of Ame... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Good design elements, Badly directed

See it if Curious about early 20th cent. dramatist George Kelly and American theatre history. Annette O'Toole solid but misguided performance.

Don't see it if No humanity under the struggles & pretensions of middle class America 1920s. Empty performances, humorless pointless production.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like to be entertained. you like to be surprised. you enjoy period pieces

Don't see it if vindicatio of an ethically questionable character bothers you. You need something profound and thought provoking

Absolutely awful

See it if someone threatens your life if you don't attend...(by the end of the play you'll confess to anything to stop the torture from on stage)

Don't see it if you have any artistic taste at all... the set is great, and some of the authentic costumes but.... that's it....stay away if you're smart

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Dated

See it if If you like period pieces. Keep your expectations low. It was an okay production.

Don't see it if Nothing really grabbed me. The acting was cartoonist and stiff. I am a patient audience but I noticed many left at intermission.

Quirky, Indulgent, Strident

See it if You are a die-hard fan of Annette O'Toole.

Don't see it if You enjoy good acting and direction. This is a satire not a strangely serious critique of society.

Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Must see, Funny

See it if If you enjoy a period, "well-made play" that is pertinent to this day.

Don't see it if You'd rather play tetris than shower or eat.

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Dull, Dysfunctional family, Disjointed

See it if you like nice costumes in a nice set. But the script is so bad (or so misinterpreted) that you can't evaluate the acting. Not at all funny.

Don't see it if you value good theater. This misfire is often cringe-worthy. Dialogue is leaden/repetitive. Often screechy. Nothing amusing. Artificial.

Also A S-S reviewer swears the play can be light, engaging, funny. This ver... Read more Read less

During previews
Not bad. not good.

See it if You like the old shows.

Don't see it if You want a really good old show.

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Lackluster, poor acting

See it if you want to see a disappointing production of a classic George Kelly play about a liar who marries into the family & the turmoil he creates

Don't see it if you want to see a badly acted performance of a classic play that had excellent revivals in the best that seems to be acted on speed.

October 9th, 2017
"A disjointed production...Its chief asset is Annette O’Toole...The dramatic sparks between Ms. O’Toole and Mr. Schneider suggest what the production might have been if all of the principals were operating on the same aesthetic plane. Instead, there is an awkward jumble of acting styles...In the ...
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September 28th, 2017
"In this mostly miscast production, indifferently staged by the troupe’s artistic director, Wackerman, nothing shines. To be fair, however, it’s not just the staging that seems lacking; 'The Show-Off' doesn’t have much underneath its dust...Though meant to amuse, the antics of this lying narcissi...
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September 28th, 2017
"'The Show-Off' is ostensibly a comedy, but the truth is that it's not very funny, at least not as directed by Dan Wackerman...One wonders if we would actually laugh at this jazz-age clown as portrayed by a more natural comedian; here, we just grimace to the sound of crickets...American audiences...
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October 10th, 2017
"Perhaps Kelly's great success has grown too old for contemporary audiences to be easily familiar with its comedic targets...The rather thin plot is stretched to the limit, leading to a possible redemption for the rascal. The period flavor presented by director Wackerman's talented ensemble helps...
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