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Toast (Brits Off Broadway)

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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.' 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.


Member Reviews (152)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining
71
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

66
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

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.

88
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.

68
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Good acting, No point made

See it if If you like talkie plays

Don't see it if Don't enjoy heavy accents. Want to feel something.

85
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.

75
Absorbing, Edgy, Indulgent, Intelligent

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.

75
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Poignant, Thought-provoking

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

79
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.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You can understand the north British accent.

Don't see it if you want a clear story that is engaging.

80
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.

75
Great acting, Entertaining, Raunchy

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.

56
Great acting, Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Quirky

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.

74
Realistically inhabited, Dry, Ambiguous

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

89
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.

90
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.

86
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.

70
Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing

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.

81
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.


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 roughh...
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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 g...
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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....
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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 seamless...
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