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Tiny Beautiful Things

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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)


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

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

See it if you are interested in seeing a compact show that is able to cover a wide variety of topics simply due to its premise. Nia is captivating.

Don't see it if you want to see something light and fun. There are funny moments, for sure, but there are also many dark moments and heavy subject matters.

Cliched, Monotonous, Fluffy, Advice driven

See it if you like monologues done by some talented people. Or are a fan of Cheryl Strayed.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of a show that's non-narrative and is only monologues. Or see something dealing with advice columns.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like deep insights into being human.

Don't see it if you are looking for action.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want a talented cast working through the human condition. Be prepared to ugly cry as "Sugar" works as an advice columnist.

Don't see it if You want a linear play or a full on comedy.

Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy thoughtful dialogue and meaningful conversations.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that has a beginning, middle and end.


See it if you know and like the story.

Don't see it if you prefer a storyline that flows rather than a poorly connected dialogue among characters.

Also Great story, but poorly adapted for the stage.

Disappointing, Banal, Overrated

See it if you want to "see everything"

Don't see it if you are expecting deep profound and moving

Interesting but slow

See it if you read or listen to Cheryl Strayed's writings or podcasts. The sentiments and writing are beautiful and heartfelt, but play felt slow.

Don't see it if you like plot, action, dramatic tension. It more resembles a monologue or solo performance than a play with four actors.

Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if you want to see Cheryl Strayed's book come to life beautifully. Or if you want to hear after-school special stories.

Don't see it if you're not interested in hearing a collection of short stories or aren't a fan of Cheryl Strayed.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of Cheryl Strayed or Nia Vardalos.

Don't see it if This is not a play; this is a dramatic reading of an advice column turned into a book.

Indulgent, Quirky, Resonant, Intense

See it if you like what is essentially an acted advice column well acted but after a while a little repetitive and over-written.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of this sort of rather rambling and incoherent advice to random problems.

Also I found this to be much less moving and emotional than I expected and ... Read more Read less

Funny, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Quick, Quirky

See it if You like fixing other peoples problem and Dear Abby.

Don't see it if You are expecting a light evening of theatre.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Great writing, Slow, Resonant

See it if You love the Dear Sugar columns and/or Nia Vardalos

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced or flashy.

Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are a Nia Vardolos fan, enjoy plays that are more like a succession of anecdotes than plays, enjoy a good cry, love over-sentimentality.

Don't see it if plays that go nowhere bore you, you don't care for Nia Vardolos, you dislike over-emphasis on sentimentality, disdain manipulated emotion.

Plotless, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if you really love Cheryl Strayed and don't mind a plotless show that doesn't quite earn the emotions that it tries to pull out of you.

Don't see it if you need a play that has plot, or if you prefer your tears to come about through true theatrical catharsis.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if You love great, insightful writing and flawless delivery.

Don't see it if You are expecting a comedy or mindless entertainment.

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

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you like good acting and interesting people's lives

Don't see it if you are not inclined to enjoy monologues

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Cliched

See it if You like the music of Carol King (and who doesn’t) with great singing and energetic dancing and a biography in the mix.

Don't see it if If you don’t like juke box musicals or are not interested in the story of King’s rise to fame.

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 t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if if you want to see "personal problems" made theatrical: wonderful moments, not sure it works as a whole

Don't see it if I am not sure that taking the talk radio format to the stage is theater. If you are looking for linear theater this isn't

Human, Touching, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy feeling connected to others, like catharsis type theater and stories that speak to everyone. it was truly a healing play

Don't see it if you don't like the format, as there's only one "developed" character, want longer/traditional theater with a plot and resolution

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.

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.

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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