Trick or Treat
Closed 1h 55m
Trick or Treat
74

Trick or Treat NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(113 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
17%
Negative
8%
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").

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Member Reviews (113)

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811 Reviews | 221 Followers
86
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
80
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.

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
83
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. Read more

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
50
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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
85
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 Read more

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
46
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. Read more

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
90
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 Read more

471 Reviews | 74 Followers
82
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

Critic Reviews (18)

BroadwayWorld
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 tale with all the humor, spirit, and drama it demands...There are some tense, surprising and even absurd moments...Yet, audiences will be able to relate...It is a must-see production.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 character...It makes occasional passes at being a probing family drama but is fatally undermined by its relentlessly carpentered, often barely plausible, plot."
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New York Stage Review
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—according to the frenzy the script increasingly demands, and director Carol Dunne guides them accordingly...In the final analysis, 'Trick or Treat' may be trick, but it’s definitely not treat."
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Theater News Online
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 the end, all of the plot pieces fit, but when it comes to a satisfying evening, the play is more trick than treat."
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TheaterScene.net
January 24th, 2019

"Michael Ganio's costumes are as natural as one would expect, and Tyler M. Perry's lighting design is always on target, illuminating a play that has been designed in every particular, begging the question, where exactly are the surprises. It's well written, but ultimately far too pat to be convincing."
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Theatre is Easy
January 29th, 2019

"This pitch-black comedy manages to find humor in the unearthing of buried family secrets...The first half of the play is suspenseful drama mixed with dark comedy...Under the direction of Carole Dunne, each cast member convincingly navigates the play's twists, turns and changes in tone, challenges that might have easily sabotaged the show in lesser hands...'Trick or Treat' straddles the line between genres."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 20th, 2019

"Playwright Neary negotiates the action among the family members with humor, sensitivity and pathos...As the second act continues, Neary shifts the tenor and action in another plot twist and the family relationships clarify...Neary pings every theme about the fault lines of the human condition...This is a profound work with smashing performances by the cast, who raise the stakes at every moment and engage us to the end."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
January 20th, 2019

"If only the right attitude were found,…'Trick or Treat'…might have qualified as a chillingly humorous exercise, something in the vein of…'The Trouble with Harry.' But the play veers from comedy and even farce to melodramatic pathos, struggling to maintain a fundamental sense of believability…Although each of the characters challenges credibility, the actors at least make them colorful. Clapp's Johnny is convincingly petulant, narrow-minded, and thickheaded."
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