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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you liked the EST training. At my age (74) it was particularly meaningful. Full house deadly silent for 80 minutes

Don't see it if you are an insensitive dolt

Atlernately wise and irritating. more a reading than a play. good acting.

See it if You're a fan of Cheryl Strayed and advice columns.

Don't see it if You prefer a play (action, plot, characters) as opposed to what seemed to be more like a reading.

Also I wasn't bored, but I also wasn't moved, and now I have a hard time re... Read more Read less

Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Intense, Profound

See it if You don't mind a screenplay with low key dynamics, that addresses beautifully real life issues.

Don't see it if You have recently lost your mother or a child.

Also Conceived by Nia Vardalos this adaption's rhythm is very slow, it feel... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Your bookcase is filled with self help books.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with self indulgence or diabetes.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Heartwarming, Moving, Offers many words of wisdom

See it if you'd enjoy hearing actors read advice column letters&the replies. If you're a fan of Nia Vardalos or any of the other talented cast members

Don't see it if you're a Tin Man (no heart). Otherwise, go and enjoy. If you're looking for a traditional play, this is not that but very enjoyable!

Banal, Cliched, Great staging, Slow, Boring

See it if You find advice columns profound and can't get enough of them

Don't see it if You bristle at frequent cliches. While acting was good , and staging was great; the play itself was melodramatic and banal.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Wonderful acting,sensitively told stories I loved every moment you laugh and cry the audience never moved

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone not finding something in this wonderful show

Absorbing, Great acting, Excruciating, Resonant, Intense

See it if you're a fan of Cheryl Strayed or the book, you enjoy non-linear and non-plot-centric shows, you need a good public cry

Don't see it if you want a linear story and plot with an arch, you don't like being emotionally incapacitated in public

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if The set was masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like Therapy-speak.

Tear-jerking, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you are interested in a play made up of loosely connected, moving anecdotes. You appreciate stories about pain and healing.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a sad, sentimental, and at times cliched play without a definitive plot. You don't like intimate productions.

Relevant, Slow, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of advice columns and lots of monologue

Don't see it if You want a super intense, fast moving piece of theatre. Not the most exciting but ends with a warm feeling in your heart

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You like self help kind of topics. Lacking any dramatic qualities,static, mediocre acting that becomes redundant. If you like dear abby, see

Don't see it if Youre looking for drama, great acting and insightful theatre.

Clever, Indulgent, Intense, Resonant, Good writing

See it if you can stand the format: letters to an advice columnist and her replies, nothing but letters. Letters vary, very serious to funny

Don't see it if you are looking for traditional narrative structure.

Great acting, Intelligent, Poignant, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like quiet, intelligent theater without a linear plot. Acting was superb! Play was powerful.

Don't see it if You are looking for traditional two act drama.

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.

Delightful, Great writing, Profound

See it if you are a fan of Cheryl Strayed or enjoy reading advice columns.

Don't see it if you don't like the book or are looking to see a fast paced show with intriguing plot

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.

Thought-provoking, Charming, Great acting

See it if You like small-scale personal plays about humanity

Don't see it if A lot of the dialogue felt like it was pulled from generic inspirational quotes about life and happiness

Brilliant acting, funny, sad, great writing, powerful

See it if You appreciate truly fine writing and first-rate acting. This is a play for connoisseurs of language. It's a comedy with a dramatic edge.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about therapy or people's problems.

Also I was never a fan of My Fat Greek Wedding. I didn't dislike it but fel... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Somewhat dissatisfying

See it if You can go with the flow and hear many life stories

Don't see it if You like traditional plays. You are not introspective.

Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the source material and of work that works at a thoughtful pace with accumulation of complex human processes of grieving

Don't see it if you find emotional subject matter tough to handle

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want to hear Cheryl Strayed's book read aloud.

Don't see it if you're looking for coherent drama with a substantial arc. You want to be moved more than fleetingly by short stories

Also An oddity that whilst well performed amounts to considerably less than... Read more Read less


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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You love the source material especially if you like to hear and absorb yourself into others experiences

Don't see it if If you can't handle melodrama

Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You're entertained by poignant stories about the innermost secrets of people's lives.

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed by information overload and prefer a linear performance.

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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