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Toast (Brits Off Broadway)

From 152 member  reviews
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

50
Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow

See it if You don't mind very slow moving dramas with thin plot but expose you to a variety of characters

Don't see it if You want some actual development of plot and some action in a play

66
Confusing, Great staging, Raunchy, Slow, Original

See it if You understand the humor of the lower British side. A lot of jokes and good humor.

Don't see it if You're sort of a diction snob. I couldn't understand a word any of them were saying, so I didn't know the plot line.

67
Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Slow

See it if You have a tremendous grasp of the regional dialect and British slang.

Don't see it if You don't have a tremendous grasp of the regional dialect and British slang.

52
Great acting, Dated, Slow, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You're interested in Northern England working class issues of the 1970's

Don't see it if You're looking for something with universal appeal.

During previews
65
Confusing, Funny, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You have a great handle re: The Queen's English. ..also an understanding of the Brit terminology

Don't see it if It takes you time to adapt to the British tongue. It does includesome very good ideas and situations

During previews
50
Pointless, Engaging, Confusing, Unsatisfying, Weird

See it if you like to be confused.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater knowing for sure what the play you just saw was about.

During previews
69
Slow, Great acting, Difficult to understand northern english accents, Unresolved, Very little story

See it if You enjoy English dramas. You enjoy slice-of-life dramas. You can understand Northern English accents well. You like workplace dramas.

Don't see it if You want a play w/a clear story-this is 1 day at a factory: story starts in the middle & just stops.You understand Northern Brit accents.

During previews
68
Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Hard to understand, very strong british accents

See it if You want to see excellent acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to listen carefully to understand what is being said.

During previews
69
Funny, Slow

See it if You're willing to wait for the pay-off in the second act.

Don't see it if You can't get used to the accents.

During previews
69
Thoughtful, Slow, English, Serious

See it if You have the patience for a leisurely character study of working-class Brits. Not many laughs, & the ending left me feeling a bit gypped.

Don't see it if you're expecting another One Man, Two Governors -- it's not.

During previews
69
Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy the work of Richard Bean.

Don't see it if you need a solid script or are expecting the hilarity of Bean's hit 'One Man, Two Guvnors'.

During previews
50
Funny, Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like subtle British humor, and can easily understand heavy working class English accent.

Don't see it if You're looking for simple entertainment or linear and fast-paced story you can follow.

During previews
55
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if you like virtually plotless ensemble character studies

Don't see it if you like a strong plot or if you are put off by trying to decipher thick British accents

During previews
68
Slow, Sets up expectations not met, Moving at times, Often cliched

See it if You can easily understand working class British English, you can appreciate the plight of overworked factory workers and their comraderie.

Don't see it if You cannot empathise with working class heroes, don't understand British working class speech or references; you prefer light fare.

During previews
64
Confusing, Entertaining, Slow, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are a patient audience member...there are some very nice moments.

Don't see it if you can get bored when it is slow moving or while your ears adjust to the language

During previews
52
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Overrated

See it if You enjoy real time slow British plays set in a bread factory with over worked, under paid, uneducated workers.

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of slow plays, mundane settings and simple characters.

During previews
51
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like British drama

Don't see it if you don't like British drama

During previews
60
Confusing, Quirky, Slow, British verbiage, Dizzying

See it if You can understand British Verbiage. I thought I knew until I came here. Was confused and that took over.

Don't see it if You don't understand, really understand British verbiage.

During previews
65
Original, Disappointing, Great acting, Boring

See it if you enjoy watching British plays, hearing accents (which at times can be difficult to follow) and understand 'local' humor.

Don't see it if ....although an original story line, might help if you read up on the setting (era, economic and political events during that time).

During previews
50
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You love to hear incredibly well-done exotic British working-class accents.

Don't see it if You can't understand incredibly well-done exotic British working-class accents.


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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