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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

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.

32
Banal, Dated, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you would enjoy hanging out in a bakery break room for two hours while nothing happens and you miss lines said in a northern English accent

Don't see it if You expect a good play to have a plot or relevant insights into people today. Some English plays are best left in the UK.

35
Disappointing, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if -you can understand heavy lower British dialogue. -are not bored by lack of sets or costumes -aren't bothered by men grabbing crotches

Don't see it if You are easily bored by straight drama, unintelligible British dialogue, lack of sets and costumes. very difficult to understand and follow

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Slow

See it if All you're looking for is great acting, and don't mind sitting through two of the most boring hours of theater you'll ever experience

Don't see it if You value your time

11
Confusing, Disappointing, Boring, unintellgible

See it if No reason to see it.

Don't see it if You enjoy good theater.

30
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to be turned off buying bread, fall asleep from shear boredom.

Don't see it if Foul language and gross behaviour disgusts you.

During previews
10
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Pointless, Dull

See it if Just don't. Promise me you won't. I have seen over 300 shows, and this is the first one EVER where I walked out during intermission.

Don't see it if You have other amusements available to you, such as watching paint dry or having teeth pulled.

During previews
35
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You MUST see Richard Bean's work.

Don't see it if You expect to understand what's going on, are sensitive to smoke, can sit through moments of silence or are expecting One Man Two Guv.

During previews
37
Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you like watching heavy accent english actors slowly move through dialogue with an expected twist

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedic romp.

During previews
15
Banal, Slow, Boring, Agony

See it if crotch grabs alone will get you through two hours of tedious nothingness.

Don't see it if you need SOMETHING. This play had nothing to it. I didn't find it confusing, just boring as all heck. No point.

During previews
13
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if Herbal cigarette smell overwhelming and had to leave at intermission.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with heavy Irish 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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