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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

Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Absorbing

See it if If you like musicals and like Carole King's music. Good story of her life and career.

Don't see it if You do not like musicals and are looking for serious plays. You do not like Carole King's music.

Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Nia Vardalos or have a heart. This show was very moving and excellently staged. I saw it 2 weeks ago and still think about it often

Don't see it if You're wanting a flashy, loud, or glossy production or just want to be entertained.

Also This show will make you think, cry, laugh, but overall leave loving hu... Read more Read less

Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Empathetic

See it if you want a touching 90 minutes of human connection and empathy. Beautiful performances from all four actors

Don't see it if you need a traditional, narrative story arc

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if Clever play about an advice columnist. Intelligent, witty and at times brutally honest.

Don't see it if The play talks explicitly at times about sex, drugs, relationships, etc. It may not be for the squeamish.

Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy self help books and sincere lists of how to deal in a positive way with very sad situations.

Don't see it if 85 non stops humorless minutes of instructions on the right way to handle troubles is not how you want to spend your time in the theater.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Quirky

See it if Want to be moved by real stories of people struggling with life's twists and turns

Don't see it if Like plays with more action and don't like telling rather than showing

Also I found this very moving, and some in the audience were sobbing. It co... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love good acting and excellent writing and clever staging

Don't see it if i highly recommend it.

Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see a powerful play about life and the questions we ask as told through vignettes of “dear Abby” type letters

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy non-linear story telling

Cliched, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of the source material,

Don't see it if You do not want to see a staging with limited dialogue between actors, you like shows with defined plot points

Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want a cry, and are interested in hearing personal stories told in a interesting way

Don't see it if you are easily triggered by tradegy

Fine cast creates weird hybrid by animating book of advice columns

See it if CS"Sugar", fan, enjoy collective self-help experience, reframes of human pain. Audience seemed ready for healing session (sniffles&applause)

Don't see it if To me "Dear Sugar" monologues were tedious; actors trapped in mechanics (stand, sit, lock-eyes, roam stage). Unsatisfying as theater.

Absorbing, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a play told simply, with great emotional heft and resonance in everyday life.

Don't see it if You want a straight foward story with a beginning, middle and end.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing

See it if You want terrific acting, meaningful stories about life that all can relate to. Powerful.

Don't see it if You don't want your heart to burst!

Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if If you liked "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, she has a singular voice, and like an emotional and meaningful experience. Nia Vardalos is great.

Don't see it if you don't want to see people talking about their feelings, and don't like one woman shows, which this almost is.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see some heart-wrenching stories read on stage, and want to think about the connections that make us all human

Don't see it if you don't want to see an audiobook on stage.

Also I enjoyed Cheryl Strayed's book and found it affecting to see some of ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing

See it if Like to have your heart strings plucked at, know about psychological terms. Play takes you through stories submitted to an advice column.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play with direct dialogue vs monologues. If you hate psychological talk or think self-help is stupid or useless

Also After reading through some of the other reviews, I thought I should ad... Read more Read less

Great acting, Exquisite, Must see, Masterful, Intense

See it if believe in the power of the human spirit and the beauty in helping others by sharing your experience.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a deeply emotional show

Also Tears were flowing in the audience. But you leave with hope. This is a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if A must-see if you read and enjoyed the book that the show is based on. See it if you want to be moved and uplifted.

Don't see it if If you only like shows that are plot based with a linear story, or like big, splashy productions.

Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Nia Vardalos and cathardic theater.

Don't see it if you want a straight linear storyline. This play is basically a bunch of monologues taken from an online advice column, but it's great.

Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you like advice columns.

Don't see it if you think a play should have a good, engaging story.

Also Another epistolary play. This one, sadly, doesn't bother to provide a ... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Excruciating, Profound

See it if You want a thought provoking piece on mental health and the challenges that humans face while trying to survive. Nia was incredible

Don't see it if You have emotional triggers. Rape, miscarriage, and death are common topics. Could be difficult for someone who recently experienced trauma

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like unconventional narratives without a typical storyline.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with unconventional storylines.

Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if If you enjoy Dear Abbey, Chicken Soup for the Soul, or the writings of Cheryl Strayed. Interested in the premise? Maybe just read the book.

Don't see it if You don’t like overly sappy pieces, advice columns, or intimate melodramas. You want a well-structured play.

Also This is a staged series of weepy monologues and vignettes about life, ... Read more Read less

Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if you are a fan of Sugar and/or Nia; if you want to hear deftly written and acted advice on how to live a full and wise life,

Don't see it if you need a lot of action or drama.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful

See it if You are a fan of Cheryl Strayed's writing, or if you want a realistic portrayal of American life

Don't see it if You want a night of escapist theater. While it is at times funny, it is also a pretty emotional show.

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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