The Way We Get By
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The Way We Get By
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The Way We Get By NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(18 Reviews)
Positive
61%
Mixed
39%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Funny

About the Show

Amanda Seyfried makes her NYC stage debut at Second Stage in a world premiere by Neil LaBute, about a one night stand between two guests at a wedding.

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Member Reviews (18)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
65
Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like the actors. It's entertaining but not great. It's not painful...

Don't see it if you expect a thrilling plot.

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
69
Disappointing, Mediocre

See it if You like shows about relationships that have both comedic and dramatic moments or if you're a fan of Niel Labute.

Don't see it if You don't like 2 person shows or are expecting much from it. The show is nice, at times its a bit slow, the twist was a bit of a let down

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
64
Disappointing, Relevant

See it if If you like plays about messed up relationships. I used to like everything by Neil until I saw All the ways to say I love you.

Don't see it if you don't like Neil type plays. It about a messed up relationship. I love the topic, this was good not great.

277 Reviews | 58 Followers
67
Cliched, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if you want a relationship play.

Don't see it if you are very uncomfortable with incestual relationships.

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173 Reviews | 49 Followers
65
Slow, Original, Ambitious, Absorbing, Raunchy

See it if you're interested in contemporary plays & enjoy stories about complex family relationships.

Don't see it if you want something fast paced, don't enjoy the slow burn or discovery of the characters' pasts, or don't like tug-and-pull story telling.

9 Reviews | 5 Followers
67
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Did not stay

Don't see it if Slow

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
63
Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Banal, Delightful

See it if Nothing else around

Don't see it if If you have tickets to something else

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
May 19th, 2015

"Slight but spirited...There are several good reasons to see the show (it’s short, it’s sexy, it’s starry, it’s well acted) and others not to (it’s contrived, it’s manipulative and even at 70 minutes, too long for its limited purposes). Your call."
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Time Out New York
May 19th, 2015

"Most of the play consists of loud bickering and small-talk filler. This is meant to suggest a morning-after dance of negotiations, but while it’s nice to see LaBute working in a less misanthropic mode than usual, the characters are drawn too sketchily to support it, and the actors have little chemistry... Even as LaBute fills in their history, their present stays flat. The play is a glazy cruller: one big twist with a hole in the middle."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 19th, 2015

"Neil LaBute’s latest disappointing mousetrap...I felt just like Doug for much of the play: So tell me then. Come on. Please. And yet, when LaBute responded to my mute screams, I quickly began to wish he hadn’t. If the setup were monumentally entertaining and the payoff profoundly engrossing, a trick like this might work, but the setup here is barely bearable. The payoff is nonexistent. Or rather, it is trite, a perfunctory wave at carpe diem."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 19th, 2015

"LaBute doesn't develop his provocative premise in particularly interesting fashion. Much of the dialogue about the couple's concern over reactions of their friends and family should they decide to take the relationship further proves banal and repetitive. Still, the playwright's gift for amusing banter is very much on display, garnering more than a few laughs with running gags...A feel-good, happy ending that at least doesn't send us out with a sour taste in our mouths."
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Entertainment Weekly
May 19th, 2015

"The writer who has been called 'America’s misanthrope par excellence' appears to have had a change of heart when it comes to matters of the same organ. 'The Way We Get By' feels like a refreshingly sunnier and more hopeful LaBute, with moments that feel suspiciously like giddy joy."
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New York Post
May 19th, 2015

"A bigger issue is how annoying they are...The show, ably directed by Leigh Silverman, hinges on whether Beth and Doug will decide to grow up — and whether they’ll do it together. The only thing for sure is that they’re likely to keep yammering on."
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New York Daily News
May 19th, 2015

"LaBute, the master of corrosive misoygny, has become a sweet fool for love. Tentative embraces and pussyfooted retreats underscore the rom-com textures. Then, at the one-hour mark in this 85-minute Second Stage production, reality bites. He’s up to up to his time-tested switcheroos. It also sinks the show."
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AM New York
May 19th, 2015

"There is a plot twist which reveals that their relationship is actually quite complicated, but it adds little to this 90-minute play, which has all the sustenance of 90 empty calories. It appears as if LaBute intended it to serve as the template for a meandering discussion about sex and societal expectations...Under Leigh Silverman's direction, Sadoski and Seyfried deliver over-the-top performances that reflect the one-dimensional natures of their characters."
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