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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

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.

72
Great acting, Slow, Funny, Quirky, Character-driven

See it if You like 2B a fly on the wall, esp a sticky dusty tea-stained wall in a UK factory canteen. Anglophiles will luv. Factory workers will, too.

Don't see it if You need plays to *Start w a recipe; *Add & Mix ingredients; *Bake & End w a cake. Toast only Adds&Mixes, which imho makes it delicious.

70
Great acting, Quirky, Confusing, Slow, Relevant

See it if you enjoy workplace slice-of-life, fine ensemble, dark humor as characters cope with unemployment fears and try to prevent factory closing.

Don't see it if grinding daily routines play out in real time & Act 1 is slow. Act 2 is better. Arrival of a creepy newcomer brings delight and confusion

85
Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Challenging

See it if you are open to real time theater set in a realistic English workplace and can identify with working class struggles

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding thick regional British accents - the language can be challenging. But the writing rewards your effort.

70
Great acting, But no idea what was going on, Original, Quirky, Someone explain! i want to understand!

See it if have patience for a slow burn. Wonderful accents. Opposed to most plays, the 2nd act was tighter than the 1st. So in that respect it worked

Don't see it if you need a logical conclusion. I can wrap my head around the most bizarre Monty Python sketch... but not this! Death? Lighting=??? Help!

70
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you enjoy British redundancy tales along the line of Billy Elliot and Kinky Boots. No music, but this one has a great mystery at its root!

Don't see it if you don't understand Brits. This is a British play starring British actors with British accents telling British jokes. Good guys win! Yay!

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You like British humour, working-class struggles and some raunchiness, and are willing to attune your ear to a variety of accents.

Don't see it if You were in the mood for something lighthearted or you want straightforward narrative.

80
Funny, Great acting, Slow

See it if You know or want to know life in Hull ,U.K. In 70's. Funny,sad drama. Great cast,great acting.

Don't see it if Struggle with accents, the actors stay pretty true to hull 1970's. This is not fast action, it is very slow especially at the beginning.

88
Great acting, Great writing, Quirky

See it if wonderful writing - great language in the regional British working class characters.

Don't see it if you don't understand British accents and don't like learning new evocative lnaguage

75
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Slow

See it if If you like British humor and locker room talk in a bakery. All male cast, non-musical. Witty, clever, interesting.

Don't see it if Reminded me of Billy Elliot If you took out the story of the dancing boy and just listened to the minors hanging out at work (not on strike)

84
Original, Insightful, Slow, Intense

See it if you like British drama and can understand Yorkshire accents and colloquialisms.

Don't see it if You're not into plays based in one location that focus on one theme

71
Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you are unafraid of seeing pure British work and like Richard Bean's masterful writing. Great acting and very witty.

Don't see it if you cannot appreciate a repetitive theme embedded in existential undertones. Takes a bit getting use to the play, as it is constant.

83
Clever, Original, Absorbing

See it if If you can take the time to read the vocabulary list first Wait a few minutes for the the characters to begin to develop

Don't see it if Can't take regional accents

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

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.

90
Excellent acting, Funny, Absorbing, Unexpected

See it if you love great acting, this ensemble is fantastic. It moves slowly but is incredibly engaging.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are big and fast.

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

77
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like realistic theater that doesn't have things "happening" every second, but paints vivid pictures of characters & tells a strong story

Don't see it if You are impatient, struggle with British accents or want action-packed theater.

79
Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You like slice-of-life, psychological realism, spot-on set, costumes, and situation. The acting was excellent from the whole cast.

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, don't like British acting, or pure realism.

70
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of one man two Guvnors

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of silences watching human behaviour by themselves

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.

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

75
Great acting, Original, Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You "get" British slang and humor. See it if you like smaller, slow-paced pieces.

Don't see it if You find it hard to follow heavy British accents or if you don't like "dramedy" type plays.

75
Entertaining

See it if You like British comedy

Don't see it if You avoid gluten

70
Slow, Insipid, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy British humor (crude jokes and innuendos), naturalism, and solid acting. The play's strengths are its characters and specificity.

Don't see it if you expect an active plot, strong thematic structure, or diversity.


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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