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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

During previews
Joyless, Misdirected, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see a good actress like Ms. O'Toole directed to suck all the warmth and humor out of a role and a miscast Lead man ruin a play.

Don't see it if You saw the screamingly funny yet very touching APA revival. Directed by Ellis Robb staring Helen Hayes.

Also The APA revival on Broadway was so excellent I went to see it 3 times.... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Good performances

See it if 1920's classic comedies are your thing and you don't mind that the material is dated and not relevant. Annette O'Toole is wonderful.

Don't see it if You're looking for an entertainment that suits a modern sensibility and isn't full of 1920's slang.

During previews
Great staging, Cliched, Entertaining, Overreacted

See it if You want to spend your time in a play about a son-in-law (He makes up stories). The acting is good, they really transport you to old days.

Don't see it if The mid 20's are not for you, I think that the play need other end, I felt like it hasn't end. And everything revolves on lies.

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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