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

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
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
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.

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.

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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