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Trick or Treat

From 113 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

Northern Stage's new dark comedy skewers a family in crisis on Halloween. Starring Gordon Clapp ("NYPD Blue"). More…

A distraught husband, a nosy neighbor, and a dark secret set the wheels in motion for a night of confrontation, mystery, and relentless suspense.

Member Reviews (113)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great staging
Avg Score

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like a serious subject treated with humor while enjoying some plot twists by a good cast on a good set with light and sound plusses.

Don't see it if you expect a light story with a definite end. This is a roller coaster of family + one who make the situation ridiculous in some ways.

Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Slow, Cliched

See it if you enjoy family drama where the past informs the present. Some great moments and marvelous performances.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you have if issues with representations of dementia. The deep secrets are fairly predictable and are slow to be revealed.

Inconsistent, Insipid, Baffling, Surprising, Maladroit

See it if you like twists and you won't be bothered by a super uneven experience (from the tone to the performances to the direction).

Don't see it if you don't want to see what happens when someone has a fun idea for a play but the script and the production don't rise to that idea.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if Very naturalistic acting. They seemed more like a real family than almost any family I've seen depicted on stage. Very nice set.

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas. Dark subject matter. Serious. Engrossing. Described as "dark comedy" but not particularly funny

Also Nice theater. I think any seat in the house would be a good one becaus... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy a well written play with excellent acting and lots of twists in plot. I really enjoyed watching the drama develop.

Don't see it if you don't like talk of Alzheimer's since it is skillfully used as part of the plot. This could disturb some who don't like humor used.

Also Well developed characters, all of them and Gordon Clapp was great.Nice... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Good set, Excruciating, Annoying, All over the place

See it if No idea why anyone would want to see this play.

Don't see it if Don't see unless you want to see the real play that went wrong.

Also Watching this play is painful. The topics are all over the place regar... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if a play that gives you a moral dilemma and you find yourself thinking that what you’re seeing on is right at times but then very wrong

Don't see it if You will be offended that they took a very dramatic subject and made it sort of into a black comedy

Also Gordon clapp gives one of the best performances I have ever seen on a ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Dysfunctional family mishandles a bad situation in a tragic dark comedy.

Don't see it if You can’t laugh at funny plot lines at the expense of a character with Alzheimer’s.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like stories about families, relationships, friendships. This is a well acted show. Set is amazing. Very interesting story

Don't see it if you want a brassy musical.59E59 is one of my favorite theatres. They do a great job of curating their shows.It is rare that a show is a bomb

Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like situational comedies with some serious thinking points thrown in. A lot of calamity and farce, but also deals with Alzheimer's.

Don't see it if you're hoping for something consistently funny or insightful. Cliche and disappointing at times. Acting mostly good, sometimes over-the-top.

Entertaining, Great set, Angst-y

See it if Family history & issues are spun as different members unwillingly share information. Sort of refreshing/sort of diabolical.

Don't see it if If you're not comfortable with lots of high volume anger, this is not for you.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you want to see a dysfunctional family deal with a sad but weird situation. Had funny moments mixed in with the tragic.

Don't see it if you want all the pieces to come together at the end. There were some plot points that were mentioned by never fully explained.

Disappointing, Relevant, Poor directing

See it if you want to see a show taking the American version of "honor" killings seriously.

Don't see it if you think that people with absurd beliefs should be portrayed in dark comedy rather than serious drama.

Also The author's Claire is much like Shakespeare's Cordelia. A woman who s... Read more Read less

Cliched, Slow, Dysfunctional

See it if You can suspend disbelief a bit to see a dysfunctional family at work. They’ll do anything to keep the family together. Everyone has secrets

Don't see it if You didn’t like the show Rosanne. The set and play both reminded me of it. Annoying Boston “accents”.

Also If you take a step back from what’s literally happening, you can see t... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if you wanted to spend some time seeing actor Gordon Clapp act. Yes, I have missed not seeing on the canceled TV show NYPD Blue.

Don't see it if you were expecting a polished production with a serious subject matter.

Also I truly feel like I had been majorly TRICKED by the production of Tric... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like dark comedy. You don't mind seeing a show about Halloween in January.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable laughing about serious topics including Alzheimer's disease.

Cliched, Funny, Slow

See it if you're able to laugh at the darkness of illness, violence, and family dynamics.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about Alzheimer's.

Absorbing, Confusing, Disturbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like intense family dramas and are not bothered by onstage depictions of violence. Good acting, disturbing show.

Don't see it if I struggled to find any humor in the topic, or in the brutal characters who seemed to feel violence was the best solution to most problems.

Also I was also troubled by the ending, which seemed to encourage (nonverba... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You want to see a drama (this is not a comedy, whatever the advertising says!) about Faustian bargains people make to protect their families

Don't see it if You will be pissed off by an inconclusive ending - nothing is resolved, the whole thing just peters out.

Disappointing, Slow, Great set, Good acting

See it if you enjoy plays involving dysfunctional families; good acting alone is enough for you; a great-looking set is more important than the play

Don't see it if you want a play with good, tight writing; you like happy plays; you expect surprises in the play

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you enjoy dark humor, family drama, a slowly developing plot, a quirky twist in the story

Don't see it if don't enjoy a show about family drama, Alzheimer's and violence, one that takes too long to divulge details

Also Well-acted, except I thought the character with Alzheimer's was a bit ... Read more Read less


See it if You're looking for a clever idea that could have made for a very successful black comedy or drama.

Don't see it if You're disappointed by poor writing, pacing and muddled acting that can't decide whether the tone is serious drama or dark humor.

Incomplete treat

See it if Like a good farce stuffed alongside dark comedy. Tonally, not a bad mix. Move over, PB & J. Cozy theater to occasionally visit.

Don't see it if Must suspend disbelief. A lot of holes to be justified. Overstuffed with plot and soap opera ready!

Also It's laugh out loud funny in Act I and holds interest. Gordon Clapp do... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Confusing, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you want strong performances with well written dialogue and a dark but funny first act with very dark family melodrama in the 2nd act.

Don't see it if you mind an intense shift in tone in the late in the play that makes it difficult to know how to react. A 2nd act diminished by the first.

Also I almost wonder if this was either two seperate play ideas merged into... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like cliche charavters going for easy laughs.

Don't see it if You usually expect so much more from 59e59th.

January 23rd, 2019
“Absorbing...The show features the finest direction by Dunne and an excellent cast. While the play portrays some serious family issues, it has just the right shades of humor...As the story unfolds, there are unpredictable twists and turns...This four-person ensemble portrays Neary’s captivating t...
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January 22nd, 2019
“There are more tricks than treats in this ungainly hybrid of a thriller, domestic comedy, and dysfunctional family slugfest...’Trick or Treat’ is an unpleasant, uninvolving evening...Exploiting sensitive subjects like illness and violence against women without providing a single compelling chara...
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January 20th, 2019
"Rather than producing catharsis, the multiple secrets laid bare and lies exposed amount to something more like unintended parody...I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that any number of patrons were stifling laughter in deference to the actors. That quintet plays the drama—all right, the melodrama—...
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January 21st, 2019
"Superior first act...The second act, which tosses out too many curve balls and tonal shifts for the play’s own good. Neary earns credit for pulling us in and keeping us guessing for a while...Under the direction of Carol Dunne, performances are credible even when the story loses its grip... In t...
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