Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Zero Hour

From 26 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful

About the show

The Peccadillo Theater Company presents a return engagement of Jim Brochu's award-winning solo show about the life of theater legend Zero Mostel. More…

It's July 1977 and the actor is giving his final interview before leaving for a pre-Broadway tryout of 'The Merchant' in Philadelphia. Mostel only played one performance as Shylock before his sudden death at age 62. 'Zero Hour' traces Mostel's early days growing up on the Lower East Side as the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrant parents, through his rise as a stand-up comedian, from the Borscht Belt to Manhattan's most exclusive supper clubs, and from the devastation of the blacklist to his greatest Broadway triumphs, most notably as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof.'

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (26)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful
86
Avg Score

98
Masterful, Must see, Relevant, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to see one of the best one man shows I've ever seen. This show has it all, a great story arc, depth, comedy, history. Great acting!

Don't see it if I can't imagine anyone not liking this show. Even if you normally don't go for one person shows this one feels different to me.

85
Funny, Intelligent, Masterful, Delightful, Informative

See it if Entertaining bio of a colorful person. Many funny and interesting stories. Excellent performance.

Don't see it if You don't like biographical plays or one person shows.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a powerful one man show about a fascinating person. Brochu gives a masterful performance. He look and sounds like Mostel.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or Zero Mostel. You feel like you are witnessing a person with all his emotions and opinions exposed.

97
Refreshing, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to peek into the life of an interesting Broadway personality and if you want to hear more about the black list. I was engrossed.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. Jim Brochu is multi-talented, and if you can ever catch one of his shows, don't miss it.

73
Cliched, Overrated, Interesting facts, Lacking heart

See it if You are interested in Zero, how he got the nickname, How he felt about and fared during the McCarthy era, how he met his wife of many years.

Don't see it if Here Zero is more a surface character than a person of substance. Some of the words carry real pain and concern, but they are just acted

Also or yelled. It is difficult to feel satisfied with such a surface depic... Read more Read less

96
Great acting, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you admire great acting. Jim Brochu inhabits Zero and some of his memories (especially about the Blacklist) are truly moving.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows.

90
Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you wan an amazing portrayal of Zero. He has Zero down perfectly -- from speech patterns to mannerisms. Poignant, funny, and charming.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or do not like Zero Mostel.

85
Delightful, Funny, Informative, Great acting

See it if Funny, enjoyable, interesting- a Delight

Don't see it if Can not think of a reason. Even people who normally avoid one person shows should like this.

75
One-man show, Enlightening, Biographical, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to know about Zero Mostel, the Hollywood Blacklist and its effect on individuals.

Don't see it if you detest one-man shows or if you don't know [and don't care to know] about Zero Mostel.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you have fond memories of Zero Mostel. He lived in interesting times and was an interesting person.

Don't see it if you have no idea who Zero was or care.

Also Zero lived through interesting times, including Mccarthyism. His stori... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Great acting, Dated

See it if you like one-man shows in an intimate theater. You like shows about a real person. You like or know who Zero Mostel is & want to learn more.

Don't see it if you want a large cast or a play with multiple-person dialogue. You don't know or care who Zero Mostel is.

99
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Jim Brochu is outstanding in the solo show about the life of Zero Mostel. This show encompasses way more than Fiddler. Highly recommend.

Don't see it if If you don't like American history including the '50's black list, or one man shows.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy biographies of artists. Want to learn about Zero Mostel's life.

Don't see it if Your not comfortable with course language, McCarthy witch hunt, or do not enjoy one man shows.

69
Disappointing, Phoned-in performance, Overrated, Without feeling, And on auto-pilot

See it if If u want 2 find out more about Zero Mostel + his ups & downs incl surviving being blacklisted from a guy who kinda embodies the star...

Don't see it if If you'd prefer to see a performer who is emotionally involved in his performance and not an actor running on Auto-Pilot...

Also It could have been great... somewhere in his previous 600+ performance... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Masterful, Absorbing, Resonant, An homage to one of the greats

See it if You admired Zero Mostel. Appreciate an actor becoming the embodiment of a legend. Enjoy an intimate combination of history and entertainment

Don't see it if You expect only laughs/comedy. Prefer music and choreography. You don't enjoy solo performances. You were a fan of Joe McCarthy.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You were a fan of Zero Mostel; if not, you should learn about this great actor.

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if The story of Zero Mostel interests you

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows

95
Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see one of the finest one-man shows ever staged. Love discovering fascinating stories of old Hollywood and Broadway.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 90-minute one-man show or don't love biographical pieces.

Also I didn't have the highest expectations going into the production, but ... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you like a solo act play about Zero Mostel. It was surprisingly delightful and very funny with great acting

Don't see it if you only like musicals

During previews
80
Engrossing, Eye-opening, Funny, Well-acted, Fast-paced

See it if you can find the 90 mins. I didn't think I needed to see a show about ZM, but I did. Like ZM, the show is very clever and a little annoying.

Don't see it if you demand perfection. Brochu throws away some lines and hits others too hard. Some jokes are tired. Mostly, the evening is delightful.

Also Brochu mugs quite a bit as he follows ZM's lead, but the story still s... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Masterful

See it if Jim Brochu presents his signature role as Zero Mostel. An interesting look at the highs and lows of a fabulous performer.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy musicals.

During previews
92
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you want to see a 1 man show about the life of Zero Mostel by an actor who embodies him to the point you are mesmerized by him.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy 1 person biographical shows about a stage actor from the 1950s to 1970s, performed brilliantly and believably to perfection.

During previews
75
Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if you're interested in learning a thing or two you may not have known about Zero Mostel.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows.

During previews
83
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if good old anecdotes with still relevant themes. good old-style humor and gives you a feel for this larger than life personality

Don't see it if it helps if you remember Mostel a little bit. less compelling if you don't like contrived nature of the one person inan imaginary interview

During previews
80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy one-person performances. Or if you like Zero Mostel. You like an intimate setting in a small theatre.

Don't see it if You want a big musical. You've never heard of Zero Mostel.


June 19th, 2017
"In manner, voice and mind he is unmistakably Zero Mostel...While the performance and the play are both thoroughly engaging, those who saw the previous two-act version may find this one a bit incomplete...But even in this shortened form, 'Zero Hour' effectively paints a portrait depicting the art...
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June 14th, 2017
“For 90 enthralling minutes, Brochu dramatizes and enacts the remarkable life and career of that unforgettable performer…His sensational acting is matched by his heavily researched and very skillfully constructed script…The success of the production is abetted by Piper Laurie’s meticulous and cre...
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June 14th, 2017
“Even those who already know this colorful rags-to-riches account of a poor Brooklyn boy whose father was a 'street rabbi' and whose mother never forgave him for marrying a 'shiksa' - or who don't think they need yet another iteration of the blacklist saga and the naming of red-tinted actors by J...
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June 15th, 2017
"The absolutely best solo performance I’ve ever seen in my life...Those 90 minutes were the 100% most enjoyable hour and a half I’ve spent in years. Jim Brochu deserves a double A+ for impeccable playwriting and a flawless performance. Director Piper Laurie rates several hip, hip, hip, hurrahs fo...
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