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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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
Cliched, Great acting, Silly

See it if you like old fashioned plays with a character that you just want to slap. Annette O'Toole is wonderful.

Don't see it if you can't imagine that these customs actually existed.

During previews
Great acting, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy old fashioned plays. Annette O'Toole is excellent in her role.

Don't see it if you don't find traditional ideas about marriage and family structure interesting.

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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