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The Spoils

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Members say: 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. More…

Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He's been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.

Member Reviews (10)


Great acting, Clever, Funny, Indulgent, Resonant
Avg Score

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Clever, Absorbing, Refreshing, Original, Intense

See it if You are interested in well crafted dialogue, that will both surprise you and break your heart.

Don't see it if You're dumb, I guess. I don't know.

Clever, Dizzying, Indulgent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy bizarre characters

Don't see it if Are offended easily

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 ...
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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-dramatizi...
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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...
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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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