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These Paper Bullets!

From 73 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

'These Paper Bullets' follows Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. The four make up the wildly popular band Quartos. Worshipped by fans, feared by Scotland Yard, and hounded by their former drummer, who is determined to destroy them, they arrive in London. In only seven nights, the fab four from Liverpool will travel to London, attempt to cut an album, and woo their way to true love. As usual, however, true love may end up making fools of them all.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Hilarious
75
Avg Score

65
These paper bullets take aim, but slightly miss the mark

See it if you love Beatles-que music, the sixties, Shakespeare, cleverness, great costumes and hair, ambitious concepts. I was mostly entertained.

Don't see it if you get bored (it's too long) or you dislike stupid slapstick (I found the Scotland Yard segments painfully unappealing).

80
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Fun

See it if you like to have fun & listen to fun beatles-like music.Loosely based on Much Ado About Nothing. Some lines taken verbatim from the original

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist.

84
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.

90
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.

72
Funny, Dizzying, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You love the British invasion and don't mind a quirky, meandering play-that-wants-to-be-a-musical.

Don't see it if You are looking for a smartly-written musical.

70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if think a show that evokes the Beatles and Shakespeare is a must see. Acting is good. Songs are better.

Don't see it if a crisp well written script is high on your list of wants. Billy Joe Armstrong would have been better suited to do a Beatlesesque album.

35
Excruciating, Upbeat

See it if unlike me, you actually like musicals and Shakespearean comedies. Who knows, the second act might be better. I couldn't bear to stay.

Don't see it if you really don't care much for musicals (except, of course, Hamilton) and prefer drama, angst and disfunction to giddy .

75
Expected more, Clever, Confusing, Overrated

See it if I saw a preview, perhaps it improved. But I found it flat and draggy.

Don't see it if You loved American Idiot and expect that level of music and intensity.

88
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.

80
Funny, Swingin' sixties, Entertaining, Clever, Good "not a musical" music

See it if You like innovative takes on Shakespeare (this is Inspired by Much Ado), want a fun night at the theater (great date show)

Don't see it if You are turned off by Shakespearean language, zaniness, or impious takes on the Beatles

79
Witty, Entertaining, Funny, Great costumes, Fluffy

See it if You love Much Ado About Nothing (which I do) Looking for some just plain fun

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious or tight

75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You love the Beatles and the Bard, in that order. I do wish they had fully committed language-wise to one style though.

Don't see it if You don't like mixing britpop with Shakespeare.

37
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if You like the Beatles, but don't mind being annoyed nonetheless. I love the Beatles, but really disliked it.

Don't see it if You mind getting a headache from the fake cigarette smoke.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Harmless, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if it is a cross between much ado about nothing and beatlemania - if you like that combo then this is for you

Don't see it if silly antics with a dose of slapstick is not your idea of good theater

85
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

86
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.

71
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Snarky

See it if You like Shakespeare and The Beatles. A fun show that moves Much Ado to the 1960's. The wedding scene in particular is a hoot.

Don't see it if The show doesn't make its turn to the dramatic well. Felt like there should have been more music.

75
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Great music, Original

See it if You're only a fan of Shakespeare when it's completely deconstructed. And if you like to see a good old fashioned raunchy slapstick

Don't see it if You consider yourself a Shakespeare fan or if you like to keep your comedy above the Noel-Coward line

75
Great costumes, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great singing

See it if you like musical songs written into the dialogue.

Don't see it if don;t like the Beatles or Beatles themed plays.

65
Dragged, Funny, Messy, Cliched, Too complicated

See it if you really love Beatles pastiche songs. The leads were good. The running gags were funny... sometimes.

Don't see it if you have any reverence for Shakespeare. You want to see a coherent, cohesive play. This meanders b/c it's everything but the kitchen sink.

76
Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like the beatles and enjoy a light off broadway musical

Don't see it if you dont like the beatles and dont like silly light hearted shows

78
Original, Well-acted, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like plays based on Shakespeare's. I had a great time, but if you don't know the premise you might not stay for 2nd act -- but DO.

Don't see it if you're not that keen on Shakespeare. This clever updated version of "Much Ado About Nothing" is fun, but some familiarity is helpful.

84
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

63
Clever, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you like Beatles type music and don't mind if it is a little loud

Don't see it if poor sound design is going to bother you

90
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


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, ...
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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 the...
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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, ...
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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 st...
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