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

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

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.

During previews
Boring, Slow, Excruciating

See it if you are an Annette O'Toole fan...

Don't see it if you get bored easily...

During previews
As tedious as you can get

See it if you are related to a member of the cast

Don't see it if you value your free time

Also This is supposed to be a comedy. Alas, it isn't funny for a second.

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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