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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
72
Great acting, Slow, Quirky

See it if You like observing working-class Northern British Men at work, actors using terms & accents most Americans may find hard to follow, dramedy

Don't see it if Not understanding every word is frustrating, you find one set theater lacking, and you prefer a variety of characters and locations

During previews
70
Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if You enjoy British comedy, and enjoy a show with twists that have unexpected results on your takeaway of the show

Don't see it if You like every plot point to pay off, or everything to make sense. Some of what happens just happens

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
78
Touching, Honest, Refreshing, Uneven

See it if you like a play which roots for the humanity of the common man

Don't see it if you dislike actors playing to the audience

During previews
76
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like creative and different plays.

Don't see it if You do not like creative plays.

During previews
70
Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Character study

See it if you're a fan of British sensibilities, poignancy, and humor. The performances are the highlight.

Don't see it if you struggle to understand accents or are looking for a clear and specific ending. The show is character study foremost.

During previews
89
Funny, Original, Entertaining

See it if you like "work plays". It's a slow-paced character study set in 1970s Yorkshire. The sole setting is the break room of an industrial bakery.

Don't see it if you don't know Yorkshire slang, don't have an "ear" for accents (specifically a Hull accent) & will have problems w/ understanding/hearing.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Beautifully acted, Great staging, Funny

See it if You like excellently crafted British theatre

Don't see it if You are put off by northern dialects and salty language

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
85
Clever, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy British comedy.

Don't see it if You have problems understanding British people when they speak.

During previews
74
Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a laugh

Don't see it if You don't want to see a British show

During previews
88
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want to see a "slice of life" play done right. Only Matthew Kelly could make eating a piece of cheese both hysterical and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if You have trouble with thick British accents.

During previews
72
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if You understand the Yorkshire accent. It's funny and really well acted. Thus is also a slice of life play

Don't see it if You don't understand the accent or like patient plays.

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.

During previews
70
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You're ready for a slow-build, with great payoff at the end. You want to see a funny show. You like great minimalist acting.

Don't see it if You're expecting an uproarious comedy. You have a hard time understanding accents.

During previews
79
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, British humor, Needs sub titles at times

See it if You enjoy plays set in Britain and British humor.

Don't see it if You don't like British humor.

During previews
78
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You like a story that revolves around characters. There are many subtlely suggested themes and ideas

Don't see it if you don't understand British slang, or can't appreciate what is not said as much as the dialogue

During previews
80
Enchanting, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy and understand British humor and want to watch some masterful actors living simply and truthfully onstage.

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for watching slice of life drama or can't appreciate quiet within a piece of theatre.

During previews
78
Absorbing, Slow, Resonant

See it if You love the British technical ambience and gritty realism.

Don't see it if You struggle with northern British accents.

During previews
82
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow

See it if you are into character-driven plays that feature great ensemble work by very competent actors.

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding the thick British accents used by the actors throughout the play.

During previews
69
Confusing, Slow

See it if You like slow moving regional British slice of life drama with thick accents. Like a writer's first attempt at writing Pinter.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with thick accents, are in a light mood, don't enjoy male-centric drama, or smoking onstage.

During previews
60
Slow; insightful male bonding; incomprehensible accents; mildly amusing

See it if You want to see the early work of a very successful UK playwright; very good acting in a lower class work place environment

Don't see it if U are impatient to wait for Act II or are put off by a large portion of the dialog being incomprehensible because of mumbling/strong 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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