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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

91
Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy offbeat but intelligent theater which is extremely well acted.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing and have trouble with accents. Or, if your idea of a smashing night of theater is a big Broadway musical.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like great acting.. amazing cast! Good drama! See it if you like watching British plays.

Don't see it if you don't like British plays, too much talking, and hard understanding british accents.

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.

81
Great acting

See it if you enjoy stories with character development

Don't see it if you want to see a fast-paced comedy

11
Confusing, Disappointing, Boring, unintellgible

See it if No reason to see it.

Don't see it if You enjoy good theater.

86
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if It a humourous and fun show that has a deeper meaning that is very subtly in the way it is woven into the story. Some excellent characters

Don't see it if You are offended by bad language and find British accents and slang difficult

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.

96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Intense

See it if You ever had a mind numbing job and the best part of the job were the coffee/tea and lunch breaks

Don't see it if you plan on taking kids. A lot of swearing & not 'slap stick' humor like One Man Two Guvnors

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.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy highly calibrated ensemble acting. You yearn for theater that transports you to an unimaginable place and keeps your interest.

Don't see it if Your ears cannot understand a story told in British slang.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Slow-paced, Character-driven, Original, Quirky

See it if you like slice-of-life pieces. From 1999, Toast reveals the drudgery and camaraderie of a factory. Like Skeleton Crew, but earlier! Funny.

Don't see it if your ear can't acclimate to a Yorkshire accent. Action occurs in real time, so the pace is slow. Strong ensemble cast of quirky characters.

During previews
78
Unresolved, Absorbing, Entertaining, Realistic, Great acting

See it if you want to see a sharply written and finely acted slice-of-life comedy/drama about northern British blue collar laborers in the 70s.

Don't see it if you are expecting a laugh-out-loud farce in the style of Bean's One Man, Two Guv'ners; if you have a strong aversion to herbal cigarettes.

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
83
Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Clever, Original

See it if male bonding interests you. Men working the late shift in a British Bakery that may be closing play out running jokes and personal pain.

Don't see it if you need to understand every word spoken. The accents are working class with slang so sometimes difficult to understand.

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
70
Great acting, Original, Slow, Clever, Amusing

See it if You like slow-burn stories where you are given a chance to see well created characters grow slowly into their story. It has a slow first act

Don't see it if You can't understand British Accents and you can't deal with the smell of herbal cigarettes (which the characters smoke the entire time)

During previews
79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if you can grind through the heavy accents to the heart of the play - it's characters. All were wonderful. Many laughs.

Don't see it if you have no patience trying to listen carefully to understand what's said; and prefer action to well developed characters.

During previews
75
Slow first act, Character study, Good character work, Too many hours in a bakery, Flour everywhere

See it if you like Brit accents & good character work

Don't see it if you don't like white bread & watching the antics of lower class white men in a bread factory

During previews
81
British working-class funny poignant

See it if British workmen in a commercial bakery fight for their jobs despite the drudgery. The humor is an acquired taste and this is where to start

Don't see it if The Yorkshire accents are difficult to understand. I missed some of the dialogue. but what I got was worth hearing. Some fine performances

During previews
82
Slow, Great acting, Slice of life, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if Day-in-the-life drama depicting the dull routine of male workers in a rundown British bread factory; accents are strong but acting is superb

Don't see it if Play is slow; more a depiction of worker's humdrum routine and work relationships than a strong plot. I liked it but my companion was bored.

During previews
75
Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Very british

See it if Only to see Matthew Kelly pull off a difficult demo of true workplace tedium & silence; in real time with a good cast in a young & flat play

Don't see it if A slow evening of thick Yorkshire dialect & clichéd Brit boys-being-boys action & dry humor in an unusual setting isn't of interest.

During previews
70
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Slow, Mumbled, Interesting

See it if you want a slice-of-life play with a slow burn that makes you question everything constantly.

Don't see it if you have a difficult time deciphering English accents, especially northern ones.

During previews
72
Difficult to follow accents and idioms, Great characterizations, Great ensemble of actors

See it if You can tolerate crass, crude working men's behaviors (nose-picking, crotch grabbing, grossness) to see the caring in the relationships

Don't see it if REALLY THICK British working class accents and idiomatic expressions throw you. I had a tough time with it but overall play is worthwhile.


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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