A Brandy Before Dying (FringeNYC)
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A Brandy Before Dying (FringeNYC)

A Brandy Before Dying (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(12 Ratings)
Members say
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Confusing

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: A British drawing room murder mystery comedy. Identical twin brothers, one very rich, one poor, vie for the same woman's affection. A murder ensues.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (12)

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360 Reviews | 76 Followers
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Clever

See it if You like fresh, at times witty dialogue, and if you haven't already overdosed on this kind of play.

Don't see it if You have another option.

50 Reviews | 27 Followers
Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You have much tolerance and patience for self indulgence.

Don't see it if you don't.

15 Reviews | 2 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you love goofy murder mysteries and clever English humor. There is a joke almost every other line and you'll be laughing all throughout -

Don't see it if you find Ab Fab annoying.

19 Reviews | 4 Followers
Random, Overrated, Long

See it if you want to see a play full of random one-liner jokes that come out of nowhere.

Don't see it if you want to see something better at the Fringe Festival. This play ran rather long and was not that appealing. I give it a C- grade.

12 Reviews | 4 Followers
Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you like your humor extremely broad and farcical, with British accents and painfully lame puns.

Don't see it if you abhor sophomoric humor that is very silly, exaggerated and based mostly on trite one-liners and sight gags.

5 Reviews | 1 Follower
Great writing, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you like great comedies with a fun story.

Don't see it if You like serious plot lines and typical romance.

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like broad humor littered with some funny one-liners

Don't see it if You have a better Fringe Festival option. The play was about 20 minutes too long.

5 Reviews | 2 Followers
Indulgent, Quirky, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if A great work-in-progress satirizing British drawing room murder mysteries. You need to be tolerant of a show needing some edits

Don't see it if You are expecting a finished product

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
August 17th, 2016

"Farmer’s quickness and imagination never cease to impress…’Brandy’s’ overarching narrative leaves something to be desired. Despite its lightning-quick language and action, the play can’t help but lose steam as it progresses. The characters, despite being performed by a uniformly talented cast, are hard to track from one scene to the next…With some tightening and finessing, 'A Brandy Before Dying' could become an absolute powerhouse of a show delivering thrills amidst non-stop laughter."
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NY Theatre Guide
August 17th, 2016

"Where the production goes wobbly is in the hit-or-miss quality of the mockery. There are laughs here, to be sure, but some of the lines fall flat because they are either too silly or simply bizarre...Farmer’s hand is a bit heavy in places...The cast isn’t quite an ensemble yet either. Each actor is competent or more in his or her role, but that chemistry among them that makes a comedy sparkle has not quite come about yet...This is very much a work in progress."
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Theater In The Now
August 20th, 2016

"'A Brandy Before Dying' was like a bad car crash that you walked away from knowing there were no survivors...One can only assume that they were going for a farcical comedy, but the problem was, they didn’t go for it. It fell short in every category...Overall 'A Brandy Before Dying' was a bit half-assed...The plot sounds interesting, but is really just a clotted mess of ideas. The ideas are there, but organization is needed."
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