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

Toast (Brits Off Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(151 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (151)

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425 Reviews | 79 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if You like good drama if you like good acting. If you want a touch of humor. If you like good writing. If you like good character development.

Don't see it if You find British accents difficult.

267 Reviews | 198 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy good ensemble acting. Interesting study of place of work in our lives, how work fills time and protects people from themselves.

Don't see it if You do not like serious theater, too much talking is boring, you do not want your self image challenged.

107 Reviews | 35 Followers
Enchanting, Great acting, Quirky, Funny, Resonant

See it if you want to see 7 actors exquisitely inhabit characters you'll never forget. If you have patience for serious drama that is slow to unfold

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding thick working class British accents with lots of slang. It took me a few minutes for my ears to adjust.

139 Reviews | 28 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Intense

See it if British humor and the comradely of all male actor shenanigans!

Don't see it if You don't like dark humor or British wit.

170 Reviews | 161 Followers
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if It's set in a bakery -- who'd a thunk it would be so compelling. Brilliant production and casting. You may never forget some of these faces.

Don't see it if Hard to understand the accents & jargon -- perhaps -- but they give you a short glossary and, really, one does catch on. Total: two hours.

89 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Slow first act, not boring. Stay with Richard Bean's existential meditation on factory lives in the 1970s. Funny and beautifully observed.

Don't see it if you need fast, logical action, dislike raunchy language, have difficulty with regional UK expressions and dialect.

58 Reviews | 36 Followers
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Challenging

See it if you are open to real time theater set in a realistic English workplace and can identify with working class struggles

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding thick regional British accents - the language can be challenging. But the writing rewards your effort.

154 Reviews | 20 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like dark British comedies like Calendar Girls, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, etc. Also if you enjoy great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you prefer light and fluffy comedies. Or if you have problems understanding some English accents.

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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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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Theater Pizzazz
May 2nd, 2016

"The pace of this play is slow and the payoff might seem subtle, except that this production affords a feast of notable character actors, in perfect ensemble, performing small, detailed moments beautifully full of life and significance...Richard Bean creates a microcosm in which we can see a world of despair in the labor force, and the humor in the play humanizes the plight in both stark and gentle ways.”
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