The Spoils
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The Spoils

The Spoils NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Funny, Indulgent, Resonant

About the Show

The New Group presents the world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg's highly personal comedy about a man who sets out to win the heart of his grade school crush.

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Member Reviews (10)

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505 Reviews | 333 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see an entertaining new show. Very interesting. Very funny too.

Don't see it if You don't like watching people sit around and complain about their problems and each other. But in this case it is very entertaining!

137 Reviews | 122 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Indulgent, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you are a millenial living in NYC and want to see yourself up on stage; you like realistic writing.

Don't see it if you are tremendously bothered by indulgent writing by writer/actors. Jesse's character is the most fleshed-out, and he sandbags the others.

91 Reviews | 97 Followers
Extreme, Banal, Edgy, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if a very edgy, intense, somewhat raunchy off off Broadway show

Don't see it if you are offened by the "c" word (its used alot), you like happy upbeat shows

607 Reviews | 112 Followers
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if like seeing a movie star do a nice job on stage. This does not happen often

Don't see it if you don't want to see into the lives of a spoiled kid in his 30's. He is a dick and it worked for me.

553 Reviews | 735 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of Jesse Eisenberg (he both wrote it and stars).

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light.

11 Reviews | 4 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Arrogant, Ponderous, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Jesse Eisenberg

Don't see it if You are squeamish or easily offended.

6 Reviews | 1 Follower
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Funny, Great acting

See it if You're interested in social issues explored by celebrity talent.

Don't see it if You're more interested in upbeat or bombastic works.

3 Reviews | 1 Follower
Funny, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like quick paced comedy.

Don't see it if You want an ending that doesn't feel forced and contrite.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
June 2nd, 2015

"An engrossingly acted, impeccably staged production...'The Spoils' needs the fully thought-through, richly acted production it has been given. On the page, it comes across as almost as aimless as Ben. Yet Mr. Eisenberg’s acting experience serves him well as a playwright, and his clever, frantic dialogue assumes an irresistible authenticity when it’s spoken by the right actors."
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Time Out New York
June 2nd, 2015

"This work is far from a vanity project. The plays themselves are good, and getting progressively better...When Ben’s crap inevitably hits the fan, 'The Spoils' counterbalances it with decency. In Eisenberg’s intensely awkward performance, Ben is both repellent and riveting. He’s a self-dramatizing tragedy: a terror and a pity."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 2nd, 2015

"The result is like watching a YouTube loop of some hapless jerk jumping into a frozen pool, over and over. Eventually you begin to wonder if the play was expressly designed to produce this series of extreme mortifications...Perhaps that’s irrelevant. But even looked at as an anonymous text, 'The Spoils' disappoints... At this point, Eisenberg hasn’t found a way to make even his best shtick very resonant."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 2nd, 2015

"Eisenberg plays his twitchy, overbearing character to unsurprising perfection, but it's hard not to wish he would go in a different direction in his future writing endeavors...'The Spoils' seems far too intent on leaving a sour taste in your mouth without being particularly illuminating."
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Entertainment Weekly
June 2nd, 2015

"While the idea of an unlikable protagonist pushing everyone away isn’t a novel one, Eisenberg uses it to take the audience to some interesting, even enjoyable places. But it’s also one of those plays where, within the first 10 minutes, you know exactly how it’s going to end. 'The Spoils' doesn’t possess many surprises, but unlike Eisenberg’s protagonist, it still achieves a lot of its potential."
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June 2nd, 2015

"The cast is terrific and director Scott Elliott finds it in his heart to extend some compassion to Eisenberg’s perfect little beast...And while 'The Spoils' is more of a 'Day in the Life of …' character sketch than a fully constructed drama, it leaves us wanting to find a kind way to put Ben out of his misery."
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New York Post
June 2nd, 2015

"Speedily directed by Scott Elliott, this New Group production barrels through, and the young cast navigates the dense dialogue and snarky remarks with expert ease. The one caveat is a scaredy last-minute cop-out, as if Eisenberg couldn’t quite face what he’d wrought. Still, for the first time in his short career as a playwright, we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next."
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New York Theatre Guide
June 3rd, 2015

"If you’re looking for a fast-paced comedy that flies by, you’re in for a treat with 'The Spoils'...Ben truly shows what a procrastinator he is.. A five-star performance; his character will stay in your mind long after the show is over."
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