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.' More…
Another Sunday night shift. The smell of bread baking. The industrial thump, thump, thump of the machines that never stop. The ovens are cranked up to full blast, the factory is humming, and everyone wants to be somewhere else. But this shift is going to be different, because when a crisis hits the factory, the men have more to lose than just their wages.
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.
See it if you enjoy plays without any dramatic conflicts. The only reason to see "Toast" is for the decent performances.
Don't see it if you can't tolerate sluggish plays. Also, if you want to see an earlier work by an acclaimed playwright. He has written better plays.
See it if You are completely comfortable listening to VERY heavy Irish brogue ! You are interested in how men deal with boredom at work.
Don't see it if You want a fast moving easy to understand comedy. I would call this a black comedy. You don't like all male casts or raunchy, sexist plays.
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.
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.
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
See it if you'd like a period study of British men at work in a bread plant. Outstanding acting, bawdy humor and thoughtful debate.
Don't see it if you have trouble with heavy local British accents; many people on exit seemed confused. A slow-paced, interesting work, and a bit overpriced
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.
See it if you're interested in British plays, absurdism, a certain amount of strange, quirky, British humor
Don't see it if you want a coherent, compelling story, or any female characters whatsoever. There are none in this all male cast.
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.
See it if In depth writing. Characters are developed and engaged in the story line. Production design and lighting a plus.
Don't see it if Very fast pace speech with hard British accents makes it a bit difficult to pick up on every word.
See it if you can appreciate the drama and humor and pathos in a play about people who have boring jobs, instead of finding that premise boring.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding unfamiliar accents, or you object to the kind of language that's used in all-male work environments.
See it if you like stories about lower/middle class blokes coming to recognize what the future holds for them
Don't see it if you will think why do I care about such a story
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.
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.
See it if you like British things and dramas about the workplace. If you are a fan of interesting character studies/acting without much of a plot.
Don't see it if You can't understand heavy British accents or want a play that will really knock your socks off. This one is a little bland.
See it if Enjoy slice-of-life studies approached with more dark humor than pathos, resonate with portrayals of blue collar identity/inertia
Don't see it if Would struggle with strong Yorkshire accents, offended by bawdy humor, don't want to think about how processed food is made
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.
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.
See it if enjoy fine acting AND can understand British accents. Much was lost due to my inability to understand several of the actors.
Don't see it if you don't care for British humor or need a strong plot. This was a 'day in the life of' theatre with fine acting but not the best script.
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.