Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Tricky Part

From 67 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Profound

About the show

Martin Moran’s reprises his OBIE Award-winning solo show, a comic and surprising journey through the complexities of Catholicism, desire, and human trespass. More…

Between the age of 12 and 15, Martin Moran had a sexual relationship with Bob Doyle, a Vietnam veteran who was a counselor at a Catholic boys’ camp. Thirty years later, he meets his abuser again. "The Tricky Part" has been produced and performed all over the world—throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, and India.

1h 30m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (67)


Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Profound
Avg Score

Engrossing, Strong acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Modest production values

See it if you have 90 mins to hear an intelligent, funny man sharing his story of childhood sexual abuse. 1st encounter is read fr MM's book. No set.

Don't see it if you want a full condemnation of adult predators. MM doesn't hate his. I found this forgiveness disturbing...a betrayal of vulnerable youth.

Riveting, Great writing, Absorbing, Profound, Exceptional storytelling!!!

See it if You want to be mesmerized by one of the best storytellers I’ve seen in a long time. He weaves a deeply personal story of anger/forgiveness.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows, though this is one of the best. Even though it’s a very serious subject he uses a good deal of humor.

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Moran is a great storyteller. It is well written and acted with great emotion.

Don't see it if A serious subject like this bothers you. If you want Something lighter.

Intense, Moving, Profound, Relevant, Masterful

See it if I felt an intense connection with the author through his tale of suffering, loss of innocence, and ultimately, compassion.

Don't see it if You aren't up for an explicit story of sexual abuse that goes to surprising, ambiguous places. Life is rarely black & white.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Resonant, Profound

See it if Moran's haunting solo about his boyhood sexual abuse & aftermath is told with both a wry objectivity & quiet horror Well directed by Barrish

Don't see it if Non linear narrative Early Catholic school anecdotes can miss the mark (w/o prior experience) but essential to tale of healing & forgiveness

Affecting, Acutely observed, Slow at times, Solo, Beautifully composed

See it if you'd like to hear an acutely observed, deeply affecting tale of boyhood sexual abuse, leavened by witty commentary about Catholic education

Don't see it if you cannot bear to hear the details of adolescent sexual abuse or you do not respond to solo shows that are 1st person narratives.

Also “THE TRICKY PART” is a beautifully written, clear, affecting solo 1st-... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if Sensitive gay man searches for truth, validation and ultimately, forgiveness. Told with frankness and humour. Moving and insightful.

Don't see it if Just a likable storyteller relating and a bare stage. Catholicism condemnation. Abuse. Tricky part is keeping it light & relatable.Solo play

Absorbing, Great writing, Emotional, Powerful

See it if This is a true story. He folds out his life and shares good and bad experience. The bad/hard parts can be upsetting .

Don't see it if Abuse, one man show.

Also This is one of those story that need to be told not just to adult but ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Moran is engaging and charming as he tells his story

See it if Beautifully staged solo show. Incredible use of lighting against pitch black background to focus attention. Moran is excellent.

Don't see it if It is about Moran's 3 year "relationship" with a 30 year old man when Moran was 12. Strange message that Moran forgives him in the end...

Also ...forgives, or at least says he sees that some good came from it. Doe... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Intense

See it if You love solo shows and are okay with heavy content about child-adult sexual experiences. This is comparable to HBO’s “The Tale”.

Don't see it if You feel that, though important, many molestation stories are similar & you don’t want to feel uncomfortable amidst graphic content.

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Courageous, Tender, Affecting

See it if OK w story of a gay, Catholic man, sexually molested as a child, who's struggled to understand profound effects on his life. Moran goes deep

Don't see it if Need to have victim fully condemn perpetrator w no ambivalence/no forgiveness. Moran is a gifted storyteller & this perf/play will haunt you

Heartbreaking, Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show with heart, that tells a story, and brings you into a world. No real set/props/costumes.It's all in the words and the acting

Don't see it if you are averse to feeling stuff.It is about 5-10 minutes too long, but that's its ONLY flaw.Acting & writing are as good as it gets.

Great writing, Great acting

See it if Masterful retelling and reflecting of his complicated time with an older man who took advantage of his childhood innocence & gay development

Don't see it if Sexual trauma of a 12 yo boy intersecting with Catholicism is triggering. Don't like one person shows.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want to see a touching and profound solo show about boyhood sexual abuse with light touches on Catholic upbringing.

Don't see it if It is too painful to watch an actor explore his exploited childhood.

Also Interesting to observe the attempted path that Martin Moran finds to f... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You like one man shows that truly shine a light on abuse of young men. It’s very sincere and moving

Don't see it if If want a lighter play. This one touches deep places in the heart.

Profound, Masterful, Intense, Must see, Great writing

See it if You want to be mesmerized by a heartfelt true story told by a masterful actor. I was riveted, but also entertained. Just go.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows, minimalistic sets, or true stories, or you are triggered by stories of sexual abuse.

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Intense

See it if engrossing, poignant, frank solo narratives appeal. It is indeed a tricky task Moran sets for himself in sharing his story so masterfully.

Don't see it if you'll be disturbed by explicit details of sexual abuse, though Moran conveys the material with remarkable lucidity, candor, and compassion.

Beautifully written, Performed with integrity, Riveting, Real, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate a monologue, told from the heart, looking back at his 12 year old self experiencing adults who both influenced & violated him

Don't see it if you have PTSD from childhood molestation; Find the mixed feelings of a Catholic school past & first homosexual experience unsettling

Riveting, Funny

See it if Expert raconteur shares far more than just a story. His self-examination is so honest and intelligent and there's plenty of humor.

Don't see it if You need extremes - villains and heroes. Even if you don't usually like solo shows, MM is so damn likable and such a great storyteller.

Also One of the best solo shows I've ever seen. MM never seemed like he was... Read more Read less


See it if you enjoy storytelling.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy storytelling.

Also this was an experience so grueling and harrowing that I don't know tha... Read more Read less

Engaging, Humorous, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you're interested in the reliving of a painful part of a man's youth as a well done piece

Don't see it if you're bothered by homosexuality or the Catholic church

Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Unabashedly personal, Insightful

See it if you enjoy autobiographical solo pieces. One of the best going esp. given the disturbing subject. Moran seduces the audience completely.

Don't see it if a bare stage, one man show format bores you. Fair warning, the story is true and very unsettling. Humor helps navigate the tricky journey.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, This intense one-man show takes you emotionally inside the molesting of a child and his healing from it. powerful and important.

See it if You want real and intense probing into the emotional damage caused by the molesting of a child. Very valuable insight.

Don't see it if It may be too painfully intense for some who might be triggered by it to relive their own bad experience.

Masterful, Courageous, Layered & mature, Soft yet raw, Must see

See it if To experience brillant Martin Moran bio show with a natural voice, to explore difficult subjects and contradictions in abusive relationships

Don't see it if You see things in white & black terms and have only anger / no compassion for abusers You are uncomfortable with LGBTQ sexuality

Also Martin Moran is at the top of the craft with this stunner. He digs int... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You can handle the joy and the trauma of attending Catholic school being presented very well.

Don't see it if You are expecting a cute show like Nunsense

December 2nd, 2018
"Beautiful and harrowing,,,This account of a Roman Catholic boyhood interrupted retains a luminous, novelistic complexity that sets it apart from similar tales of stolen childhoods. It is, in its way, a mystery story, in the richest sense...Moran makes sure we acknowledge and respect what is unsp...
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December 2nd, 2018
"The passage of time brings additional wisdom, and this revival finds Moran fearlessly interrogating his own work in an effort to dig even deeper. It's a frank, shocking, and beautifully sincere look at the psyche of a child on the cusp of adulthood, the older man who took advantage, and the diff...
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December 4th, 2018
“’The Tricky Part’ is a stealthy piece of construction; it sneaks up on you when you're not looking and leaves you emotionally poleaxed...Under Barrish's infinitely tactful direction, Moran handles this story entirely without sentimentality or bathos; ‘The Tricky Part' is so honestly written that...
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December 2nd, 2018
"Moran's deeply affecting account has lost none of its potency in the intervening years, and 'The Tricky Part' is a timely reminder of the healing power in sharing and receiving traumatic histories...Moran is a gifted raconteur with a talent for making the audience lean in closer even as they wan...
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