Tiny Beautiful Things
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Tiny Beautiful Things
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Tiny Beautiful Things NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(202 Ratings)
Positive
74%
Mixed
21%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Disappointing

About the Show

The Public Theater presents an encore run of this comedy starring Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos and based on the eponymous book by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed. Directed by Tony winner Thomas Kail ('Hamilton').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (202)

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173 Reviews | 46 Followers
80
Great acting, Emotional, Sentimental, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if you want an emotional show that actively tugs at your tear ducts. Though sprinkled with humor, it's hits every heavy topic you can think of.

Don't see it if you want something light. There are a few cheesy & overdone moments, but otherwise, it's a sincere & emotional show.

123 Reviews | 57 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You enjoy Cheryl Strayed’s work. Unusual structure, moving and funny and real. Sensitive topics sensitively handled.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a more conventional plot or can’t follow rapid character changes by a four actor ensemble. Or you don’t want to cry.

95 Reviews | 19 Followers
80
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoyed reading Dear Abby, you will enjoy this play. It has more heart in it. Nia Vardalos & the entire cast do a great job.

Don't see it if You're not into lovelorn columns.

207 Reviews | 13 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thoughful, Moving

See it if Brief insights to the problems & lives of stressed people and the central character and poignant stories with excelllent acting is for you

Don't see it if You need a linear plot arc with few characters or you are turned off by a succession of personal problems

111 Reviews | 208 Followers
80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Accurate to the book, Great writing

See it if you like the writing of Cheryl Strayed, the entire script was verbatim from the book. You like cluttered, intimate sets with lots of color.

Don't see it if you don't like non-congruent vignettes, there isn't a consistent story line.

Also "Tiny Beautiful Things" is my favorite book, so I was nervous to see this production. I liked that the script was literally the book spoken out loud, but for me it lacked the "X factor". I feel like if you hadn't read the book you would be less enthralled with the production than I was.

398 Reviews | 120 Followers
80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like a heartfelt and emotional play about life, grief, and forgiveness. Most people will find something relatable to their own lives.

Don't see it if You want more action. The plot is revealed slowly and beautifully in a series of questions and answers.

516 Reviews | 98 Followers
79
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are in need of some good old-fashion storytelling that pulls at the heart strings.

Don't see it if you think that life experience doesn’t make one an expert, able to give good common sense advice.

Also This stage adaptation of the material from author Cheryl Strayed’s book is full of interesting subject matter, enough for several different plays. Nia Vardalos skillfully walks the high-wire tightrope as advice columnist Dear Sugar, balancing her advice replies with humor and honesty. She makes it look easy and effortless, but the real skill here is in the adaption of the material of the book into a stage play. Initially, the in and out rotation of ensemble cast members playing all folks writing letters to the advice column was weird and clunky, but after several rotations, you easily focus on their plights as letter writers and not that they are playing multiple characters. At ninety minutes, you feel like you have had a really satisfying full theatrical meal. Bravo Nia Vardalos and company!

193 Reviews | 31 Followers
79
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You're an empathetic soul, like to laugh and cry and are fascinated with others dealing with life issues.

Don't see it if You're not a Cheryl Strayed fan. You expect a linear theatrical production.

Critic Reviews (42)

New York Magazine / Vulture
October 2nd, 2017

"Vardalos and Kail are attempting to give their audiences a comforting place in which they might heal...If the show isn’t as effective as it could be, it’s because of the twofold difficulty of theatricalizing a series of anonymous advice columns...Kail and Vardalos manage to save themselves, though, with the show’s finale...'Tiny Beautiful Things,' despite its shortcomings, ends in a place of community and generosity."
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Theatermania
October 2nd, 2017

"A tiny beautiful diamond of a show...In a theatrical setting, this built-in sense of remove is a dangerous constraint, but a risk that ultimately maintains the enchanting purity of 'Tiny Beautiful Things.' Even more so than on the page, the play offers a meditative rhythm of delivery, acceptance, and response: There's a completeness of thought in every letter... It's the novelty of thoughtful dialogue — and the realization of its near extinction — that will make you weep."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 2nd, 2017

"While the play delivers a number of emotionally moving moments, it is difficult to get past the fact that the characters who seem to be interacting are at a remove and unknowable...Director Thomas Kail has brought the stories as far off the page as possible...But no matter how much affection and design went into the production, it remains a nagging truth that none of the interaction is really taking place...In the end, it is less of a play than a book talk."
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TheaterScene.net
October 31st, 2017

“Nia Vardalos has done a beautiful job as both adapter and star of the stage version of Cheryl Strayed's 2012 best seller, ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ the book based on Strayed's online advice column which she wrote as ‘Dear Sugar.’ As co-conceived by Marshall Heyman, director Thomas Kail and actress Vardalos (who you may recall also wrote ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding,’ her breakout role), ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ is both entertaining and cathartic, an evening of communal group therapy.”
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Theater Pizzazz
October 6th, 2017

"Trying to bring real substance to Strayed’s popular book on stage creates its own problems. The adaptation by a genuinely fine storyteller, Vardalos, who plays the role of Strayed/Sugar, is enticing...After 85 minutes of hearing 'Dear Sugar'–utilizing the same format, over and over–it begins to get tedious...I did come away feeling that 'Tiny Beautiful Things' is an offering of hope...I also came away with the feeling of how an audience can be manipulated."
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Front Row Center
October 3rd, 2017

"Not quite a play, 'Tiny Beautiful Things' could perhaps be best described as the staged version of an advice column...Prose that is often luminous and touching, but that unfortunately cannot always escape the eye roll-inducing, mawkish bits one comes to expect from the Ann Landers of the world…About halfway, both Strayed and Vardalos deliver a riveting piece of theater…It is heart-wrenching, splendidly written and acted, and somehow functions as the emotional climax."
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Stage Buddy
October 3rd, 2017

“Although rivetingly sad, even depressing at times, it also manages to be cathartic and hopeful…Kail’s consistently brilliant direction brings Sugar as close to her letter-writers as she can be, making for a poignant exploration of 'radical empathy'…Vardalos’s performance is nuanced and deeply human…her delivery is raw, truthful, and full of so much warmth and honesty that it impossible not to feel the strength of her embrace."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 2nd, 2017

"The ordinary miraculousness of this play is still solidly and most definitely entwined intensely inside every moment...It’s almost shocking how we can be so thoroughly engaged so quickly into these personal pleas for help and guidance...It feels utterly genuine and sometimes profound. It’s a beautiful piece of work Vardalos has created, not insignificant in the least."
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