Toast (Brits Off Broadway)
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Toast (Brits Off Broadway)
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Toast (Brits Off Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(151 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
25%
Negative
7%
Members say
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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513 Reviews | 129 Followers
79
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.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
20
Boring, No dramatic conflict, Decent performances, Excruciating, Overrated

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.

464 Reviews | 128 Followers
60
Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky, Raunchy, Slow

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.

385 Reviews | 72 Followers
100
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.

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256 Reviews | 197 Followers
91
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.

255 Reviews | 40 Followers
69
Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid

See it if If you can understand strong English accents.

Don't see it if If you want to see a good show.

237 Reviews | 35 Followers
75
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

197 Reviews | 73 Followers
74
Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Hard to understand colloquial british, Original

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

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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BroadwayWorld
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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