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Tiny Beautiful Things

From 202 member  reviews
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'). More…

Vardalos is Sugar, an anonymous online advice columnist (later revealed to be Strayed) whom thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and real problems of her readers, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark, and glimmering light at the heart of being human.


Member Reviews (202)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Disappointing

45
Unengaging, Slow, Disappointing, Uneven, Untheatrical

See it if you are interested in seeing an advice column read aloud on stage.

Don't see it if you are interested in seeing a play.

0
Awful., Simply awful.

See it if you are interested in what Oskar Eustis green lights when he is having an off day.

Don't see it if just don't see it—a waste of time and money.

0
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want to spend 90 minutes in the company of a narcisisstic advice columnist.

Don't see it if You are slightly interested in dramatic structure.

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you are in need of a nap.

Don't see it if you like your characters in a play to interact.

44
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you happen to like the book and are happy and sit and listen to it read to you by actors. you don't mind a lack of tension or character.

Don't see it if you want more than a sort of "reader's theater" approach on a meticulously detailed suburban living room set.

10
Insipid, Boring

See it if You like anything and like to waste your time

Don't see it if You want to make a good use of your time

29
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You like new age narcissistic, faux deep

Don't see it if You dislike new age narcissistic, faux deep

0
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if Horrible show. Even worse attitude from the lead

Don't see it if Don’t waste your money

35
Disappointing, Boring

See it if you want to be disappointed. I thought since it was brought back and was extended at the Public, it would be good. I found it very dull.

Don't see it if you have anything else to do.

40
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if High school student

Don't see it if You don't like having columns read aloud


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, thou...
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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...
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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...
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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 actres...
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