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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

During previews
70
Slow, Absorbing

See it if you like slow, naturalistic shows about people living their lives, much like Annie Baker's Flick or Richard Nelson's Apple family plays.

Don't see it if you prefer faster-moving shows with a lot of action or have trouble with Yorkshire accents.

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
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
76
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy both subtle and broad humor, great ensemble acting, clever writing, inspired direction and can understand heavy British accents.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with British accents or raunchy humor.

During previews
90
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like insightful every-man drama with a touch of wit.

Don't see it if you don't like social commentary or working class humor.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Flavorful, Funny, Crackling ensemble acting

See it if you enjoy smart slice-of-life plays, spiced with an extra layer of potential supernaturalism. Like PB&J, the actors blend into a tasty treat

Don't see it if thick accents make mush of even good dialogue to your ears or if you want characters you identify with emotionally. I was transfixed.

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
90
Clever, Great acting, Original, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Youd enjoy a wryly humored British import with memorable performances all around & an unexpected double twist. Dry wit thru out; v enjoyable

Don't see it if You have a problem following pronounced regional British accents, following English references, or find the daily grind of a bakery mundane

During previews
70
Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if nicely acted 'working people' play though difficult to understand at times.

Don't see it if you like a cast with women or if you have trouble with off-London English accents

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
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
79
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Slow

See it if A nice combination of drama and comedy

Don't see it if Your not comfortable with British accent or sexual humor and the f*** bomb.

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
72
Slow, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you want a window onto working-class British factory life in the 70's as men celebrate small victories and pleasures in a bleak canteen.

Don't see it if a 2-hour play on the near soul-crushing effects of low-paid shift work is not your cup of tea; if you have a low tolerance for crotch grabs.

During previews
75
Great acting, Great writing, Subtle, Loquacious, Masterful

See it if you have a friend that appreciates analysing theatre in its historical context and its stagecraft so the two of you can unpack the show

Don't see it if you want no-brainer entertainment, you want something quick

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
70
Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Hard to understand

See it if You like real time pacing, have a great ear for Yorkshire accents, like thoughtful work, can appreciate working class drama

Don't see it if You have no ear for UK accents, don't appreciate subtle character dramas, you can't take slow pacing

During previews
79
Funny, Great acting

See it if You like quirky British working class humor and stories

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding heavy accidents.

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
75
Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy British Plays about common, everyday life in a factory. Play is full of good humor and well acted.

Don't see it if You have a rough time with accents and dialects. Thick accents and British vernacular made it hard to follow at times.

During previews
82
Great acting, Quirky, Slow, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like well written workplace drama with a real window on dreary life in a mind-sapping job, great ensemble work!

Don't see it if You find Yorkshire accents impenetrable, want more action, don't care about working class life.

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
77
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You would enjoy an interesting comedy/drama with some wonderful performances.

Don't see it if You have a problem with accents

During previews
79
Confusing, Great acting, Original, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy British drama, solid acting, shows about the futility of the life of the working man.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding plays with heavy dialect, if you're not into drama about the futility of life.


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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