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The Way We Get By

From 18 member  reviews
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. More…

Meet Beth and Doug: two people who have no problems getting dates with their partners of choice. What they do have, however, is the aftermath of one hot night together. Forced to question how much they really know about each other and how much they care about what other people think, the two face a very awkward encounter revolving around love, lust and the whole damn thing.

Member Reviews (18)


Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Funny
Avg Score

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.

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

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if Terrific performances by the talented leads.

Don't see it if The story doesn't really know how to end.

Cliched, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if you want a relationship play.

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

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Funny, Romantic

See it if you like a quirky story with a twist

Don't see it if you don't like family type drama plays

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.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an interesting story presented by a good playwright

Don't see it if you are adverse to an unusual relationship

Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

See it if you like amanda seyfried

Don't see it if you want something straightforward

Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Clever, Romantic

See it if you like Neil LaBute shows or twenty-something "morning after" stories

Don't see it if you like shows that are dark and edgy or don't like romantic comedies

Clever, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if Clever premise with solid acting

Don't see it if Bit slow at times

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Did not stay

Don't see it if Slow

Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like fast-paced dialog and complicated relationships.

Don't see it if You dislike Neil LaBute.

Absorbing, Confusing, Delightful, Clever, Great writing

See it if you want to see a thought provoking show about a relationship

Don't see it if see it!

Quirky, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if This show was funny and entertaining, even if not revelatory (for me, at least).

Don't see it if You are sensitive to gratuitous profanity and sexual subject matter

Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing, Banal, Delightful

See it if Nothing else around

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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Exquisite, Funny

See it if the dancing

Don't see it if you don't like noise


See it if Love it

Don't see it if Loved it

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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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 ch...
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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 t...
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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...
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