These Paper Bullets!
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These Paper Bullets!

These Paper Bullets! NYC Reviews and Tickets

(73 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious

About the Show

The Atlantic presents a musical, modish ripoff of William Shakespeare’s 'Much Ado About Nothing' about a rock group from Liverpool that returns to swinging ’60s London after conquering the U.S.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (73)

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95 Reviews | 28 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Dizzying, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a shaggy charmer-- giddy, silly, smart, wild, and tuneful

Don't see it if you'll be turned off by a little mess

575 Reviews | 734 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Original

See it if you like Shakespeare or The Beatles (it's sort of a mashup of both) and fantastic staging.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or The Beatles.

353 Reviews | 107 Followers
Funny, Plot could be confusing at times, Great for beatles fans, Great setting: sixties london, Original

See it if you don't mind your Shakespeare being mixed up a bit!

Don't see it if you love Much Ado About Nothing just the way it is (was). Also, don't see it if you hate the music that came out of the British Invasion.

156 Reviews | 62 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Beatlemania meets The Bard. Great music and great fun! Love when The Queen is in the audience. Much Ado in Carnaby Street. Love you yeah!

Don't see it if If you want your Shakespeare to be pure or you don't like The Beatles.

186 Reviews | 25 Followers
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Hilarious modern update of Shakespeare comedy. Great Beatles style songs

Don't see it if Some parts were corny

88 Reviews | 37 Followers
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original

See it if You would enjoy a silly Shakespeare spoof consisting of Beatles-style music, 60's fashion styles and fast-paced hilarity.

Don't see it if You have no patience for zany slapstick humor in a Shakespeare-style plot where romantic mishaps rule or don't like 60's pop music.

972 Reviews | 1051 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great music, Great cast

See it if You like funny shows with great music or like the 60s (music, fashion, celebrity) It's a lot of fun! The women are particularly hysterical!

Don't see it if You don't like over the top shows. It's a farce of the 1960's, the Beatles, fashion, twiggy, etc. It's very well done but 20min too long.

124 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great writing, Funny, Refreshing, Original, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a delightful interpretation of a classic Shakespearean play set to incredible Beatles-esque music by Billie Joe Armstrong

Don't see it if You don't want to have to actively listen to the words cause though they have modernized the text, it is written in the vein of Shakespeare

Critic Reviews (40)

The New York Times
December 15th, 2015

"A lively if labored update of “Much Ado'...The jangling rock tunes by Billie Joe Armstrong provide energizing interludes...Jolly though it remains throughout, 'These Paper Bullets!' becomes exhausting as Mr. Jones piles on the complications...What has most crucially gone missing, unfortunately, is any depth of feeling in the main characters, which becomes a liability as the show stretches to two and a half hours."
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Time Out New York
December 15th, 2015

"Jones takes liberties with story; there are also wacky diversions into Benny Hill silliness...Snappily directed, with tremendous costumes, 'These Paper Bullets!' fizzes with the comedy of sexual liberation...Parker’s bravura physical comedy made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen in the theater all year....The show is well acted all around, but the women are particularly fab."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 15th, 2015

"Whether you will like 'These Paper Bullets!' will probably depend on how much you like 'Much Ado About Nothing.' Depend inversely, I mean. If that most deeply human of Shakespeare’s comedies means little to you, its adaptation as a play with music may amuse. Otherwise you are likely to find it, as I did, leaden, juvenile, chaotic, and nearly intolerable, except when it sings. Then, it’s nice."
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December 16th, 2015

"Jones has a gift for reconstituting Shakespearean dialogue with just enough sampling of the real thing to keep us feeling both amused and smart. Even more impressive, each of Armstrong’s songs mimics an identifiable number from the Lennon/McCartney canon while ingeniously turning the songs inside out...The whole may not be more than the sum of its parts, but the parts positively sparkle."
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New York Daily News
December 15th, 2015

"Too bad 'These Paper Bullets!' — a riff on 'Much Ado About Nothing' by Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong — misses the mark when it comes to being fully engaging. This play with music comes off labored and overlong, despite a fine ensemble and direction by Jackson Gay, whose staging packs energy and clever live video."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 15th, 2015

"Unfortunately, 'These Paper Bullets!' is not a musical, but rather a laborious farce, uneasily combining satirical riffs on The Bard with tired spoofing of The Fab Four. Since both ideas have been done to death over the years, there's little that's fresh here...The chief pleasures of the show stem from the handful of Armstrong's songs, which ape the Beatles' music. The problem is that there aren't nearly enough of them, and there's too much of everything else. "
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AM New York
December 15th, 2015

"The main problem lies in Rolin Jones’ labored, overlong script, which uneasily combines lines from the original text with colloquial language. It would have been better to either perform 'Much Ado' as is or use all-new dialogue. Jackson Gay’s direction is not so great. The cast tries too hard to win laughs with broad, frantic antics, and visually the production is ugly and cluttered."
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December 18th, 2015

"The farcical elements are high points but the play is overstuffed. At two and a half hours, the novelty wears off and it becomes exhausting trying to keep up with the myriad references...Director Jackson Gay lets it all hang out for better and worse, though there clearly is method to the madness. If only there wasn’t so much of it."
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