Toast (Brits Off Broadway)
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Toast (Brits Off Broadway)

Toast (Brits Off Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(151 Ratings)
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Great acting, Slow, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

About the Show

Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest, this dark dramedy examines a crisis at a rundown bread factory in '70s England. A revival of an early play by Richard Bean, author of the Broadway smash 'One Man, Two Guvnors.'

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Show-Score Member Reviews (151)

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101 Reviews | 33 Followers
Character driven, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Challenging

See it if you love to explore new worlds and great acting. This story is character driven and you come to love the characters.

Don't see it if you have a problem with understanding heavy accents. This will be frustrating if you can't understand the dialect.

133 Reviews | 35 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see outstanding ensemble acting "Toast" is for you. By Richard Bean it begins slowiy but is well worth seeing!

Don't see it if British plays about employees and their problems in a bakery are not for you.

50 Reviews | 20 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Slow

See it if You know or want to know life in Hull ,U.K. In 70's. Funny,sad drama. Great cast,great acting.

Don't see it if Struggle with accents, the actors stay pretty true to hull 1970's. This is not fast action, it is very slow especially at the beginning.

69 Reviews | 25 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like British humour, working-class struggles and some raunchiness, and are willing to attune your ear to a variety of accents.

Don't see it if You were in the mood for something lighthearted or you want straightforward narrative.

93 Reviews | 16 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy UK plays that deal with various aspects of life, work, class, humor of that part of the world.

Don't see it if You dislike blunt language, humor, from a UK originated show - and also have trouble with English dialects.

648 Reviews | 154 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You appreciate good acting and direction along with good character development; poignancy mixed with humor and a great second act.

Don't see it if you have trouble following fast paced talking with regional accents and slang, if repetitive shenanigans bore you - 1 crotch grab too many.

132 Reviews | 46 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Quirky, Slow

See it if You want to see a workplace drama with moments of comedy, especially if you enjoy the British perspective.

Don't see it if You can't take long moments of inactivity on stage or have trouble understanding British accents.

270 Reviews | 36 Followers
Entertaining, Confusing, Clever, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You like somewhat silly British humor, a few bathroom humor type laughs, simple plot

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding British dialogue, don't like silly humor, want a show with a deep intriguing plot

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
May 2nd, 2016

“As directed by Rhode, and acted by a vigorous cast of seven, it is a shrewd and poignant study of how rote work defines those who perform it...'Toast' isn’t easy to classify. It combines the frenzy of farce with the creeping incremental detail of kitchen-sink realism...Joking, teasing and roughhousing are all just diversions to keep people from thinking about the final nothingness that awaits them. That 'Toast' is shadowed by this awareness doesn’t keep it from being boisterously entertaining."
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Time Out New York
May 2nd, 2016

“In a season already blessed with two effective break-room dramas, it’s tough to drum up much interest in this 1999 throwback by the author of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’ Bean evidently learned a thing or two in the wake of this, his first play—like how to jump right into the action and not waste a good half-hour establishing character...In the second act the action cranks up...Unfortunately Kelly cartoonishly indicates Nellie’s fright and confusion rather than authentically embodying the emotions."
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New York Post
May 13th, 2016

"It’s a slog. The action, such as it is, takes place in the break room of a British bread factory, where the employees affectionately bicker and sip endless cups of tea. Nothing much happens, and the elliptical dialogue is made even more impenetrable by the working-class northern English accents. Things marginally pick up in the second act — if you make it that far. Sadly, this loaf takes way too long to rise."
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May 4th, 2016

"The show is a humorous, yet intensely realistic depiction of factory life and the diverse group of men who share their workdays…The stellar cast features some of Britain's most celebrated actors in a collective performance that is absolutely compelling. They deliver the glib male banter seamlessly…It is an entertaining and appealing show that brings a real sense of humanity to the stage with an excellent depiction of the working class and their realities."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 5th, 2016

"'Toast' has the sting of authenticity in its portrait of life in a large-scale, factory-like bakery in Hull, England, in the mid-'70s, but, lacking the yeast of a strong dramatic conflict, the result is the theatrical equivalent of flatbread...The characters, however well-drawn, are not intrinsically compelling and very little happens before the intermission...This is a workplace play that feels like work to watch."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 1st, 2016

"Be on notice that the play is full of local slang, and the actors speak in accents thick enough to need an industrial bread slicer to cut through...When an emergency arises that threatens to kill the operation, the men pull together to work on a solution. This may be the play's most compelling section. Even more surprising is the fact that you really begin to care what will happen to them, even if you can't always understand what they are saying."
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May 2nd, 2016

“Its seven actors, under director Eleanor Rhode, are giving performances as balanced and precise as a top-flight chamber-music ensemble...All of Bean's characters are intricately delineated and humorously so...Bean has an original voice and a keen eye for character. 'Toast' demonstrates that he has had those gifts from the beginning of his career.”
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Theatre is Easy
May 1st, 2016

“'Toast' baits us with an incredibly deep, crafted world that left me wanting to know more about what I had seen. I felt like I had been shown only a fraction of the real meat existing between these characters underneath the surface, and it was a bit disappointing to feel that only a few stories came to a satisfying conclusion. It is great to see a skilled cast...however, it also might be somewhat challenging for the casual theatregoer to appreciate the inner workings of the play."
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