To My Girls
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To My Girls
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To My Girls NYC Reviews and Tickets

68%
(118 Reviews)
Positive
50%
Mixed
37%
Negative
13%
Members say
Cliched, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting

A world premiere play about navigating evolving friendships in a post-pandemic world.

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Member Reviews (118)

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952 Reviews | 387 Followers
90
Profound, Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You’re gay. You will undoubtedly find some mixture of you and your friends in the characters here. How nice to feel so well represented.

Don't see it if You can’t laugh at yourself or overlook a cliché here and there. Honey, they’re there for a reason! If you’re homophobic steer clear. Read more

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
65
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like predictable gay humor and cheap laughs. This should have been a smarter show, but the jokes are so cliche...

Don't see it if Save your $.

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
41
Disappointing, Insipid, Shallow humor, Cliched

See it if you like a fun set. Nice costumes.

Don't see it if you dislike very shallow and cliche humor concerning the gay community. It was so overdone. Read more

612 Reviews | 125 Followers
75
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if About friends spending a weekend together and things get out of hand.

Don't see it if Not too happening in development of characters.

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
84
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Are you like something fresh, relevant and honest.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about old friends getting together for a weekend who all happened to be gay Read more

508 Reviews | 56 Followers
35
Dated. trite. cliched.

See it if You have a subscription to The Second Stage.

Don't see it if You have a choice.

457 Reviews | 127 Followers
67
Campy, Disappointing, Nothing new here, Been done before, Dares you to like it

See it if you'll feel confortable re-visiting gay stereotypes, screaming queens, bitchy one-liners, hyper sexualized behaviors & relationships

Don't see it if you'll feel uncomfortable re-visiting gay stereotypes, screaming queens, bitchy one liners & hyper-sexualized behaviors & relationships

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
68
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny

See it if You enjoy plays about the over the top cliche ridden behavior of gay men. It tries hard to be funny, and often succeeds.

Don't see it if I don't know any gay men who behave like this. It was like a play from 1970 or something. I think the portrayal is dated.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
April 12th, 2022

"If this round-robin of frenemy fire puts you in mind of 'The Boys in the Band,' Mart Crowley’s 1968 play about catty and self-hating gay men a year before Stonewall, you aren’t far off. JC Lee’s muddled new comedy, 'To My Girls,' which opened on Tuesday in a Second Stage Theater production, does function, in part, as a millennial update to the earlier and much more pointed work. Call it 'The Boys in the Sand,' set not at the dawn of liberation but at its eyes-wide-shut dusk."
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Theatermania
April 12th, 2022

"Lee portrays a continuity of gay life that is simultaneously heartwarming and depressing: The characters' pilgrimage to a gay Mecca, their embrace of drag, and their insistence on reuniting with chosen family beautifully make the case for a gay culture that is distinct and has value in the 21st century."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 13th, 2022

[It] has its innovations, including its setting (an Air BnB rental in Palm Springs), a diverse cast, and up-to-date references to SoulCycle, Xavier Dolan, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. White privilege gets called out, as often happens these days. And the requisite half-naked young hunk isn't the usual dumb bunny; this time, he is un-neurotic and mature beyond his years. Otherwise, it's business as usual, with occasional feints at seriousness deflected by wisecracks about Taylor Swift, Kellyanne Conway, and Instagram. Laughs are guaranteed, but it's a little surprising to see Second Stage putting its resources into such a routine genre piece.
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Talkin' Broadway
April 12th, 2022

"Ultimately, 'To My Girls' may provide a welcome relief for pandemic-affected audiences starving for non-stop camp and fabulousness. Others, however, who have been weaned on a regular diet of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, would realize that a single episode of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' offers a more raucous and emotionally satisfying evening."
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New York Stage Review
April 12th, 2022

"'To My Girls' is often laugh-out-loud funny, in the bitchy, catty way gay men always are in plays about gay men. ... But the problem here isn’t the flavor of gay so much as the flavor of the play: 'To My Girls' is somehow both wildly tonally dissonant and also entirely monotonous. The boys put on Britney, the boys squeal, the boys argue, the boys turn earnest and sad; repeat, repeat, repeat, occasionally in drag. There is constant discussion of ruining or not ruining the weekend"
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TheaterScene.net
April 15th, 2022

Lee peppers his worn scenario with plenty of pop, cultural and political references, well-crafted zingers and familiar conflicts. Dating apps, Dancer from the Dance, Sex and the City are among the totems cited and a Trump supporter is declared to be a “MAGA fag.” To My Girls succeeds as a rote genre-piece for a niche audience desiring a simplistic gay play where there’s laughter, tears and resolution in drag danced to The Pointer Sisters. Lee’s thinly drawn characters are highly playable.
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Front Row Center
April 17th, 2022

"'To My Girls' is rock-solid sitcom speak. A gay fluff piece that did not rock my socks off. (Of course, this could be you cup of tea.) Call me crazy, but I am one of those theater folks that wants something to happen, even when it appears otherwise. I want a toe hold. Here, all I found was a glossy surface."
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New York Theater
April 12th, 2022

What’s most cringeworthy about “To My Girls,” is that Lee grafts his insights onto a play whose nearly every scene – whether meant to make you laugh, or make you think, or move the plot along — feels imposed by the playwright, (the result of the playwright’s artificial insemination, to use the kind of sex-adjacent metaphor employed in the play), rather than emerging naturally from the characters.
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