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And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little
East Village
74

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(41 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
20%
Negative
7%
Members say
Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing

About the Show

Retro Productions revives this biting and occasionally touching black comedy about three sisters whose father abandoned the family long ago, and whose mother recently passed away.

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Member Reviews (41)

65
Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Funny, Dark

See it if you're interested in the 60s. Women's options are limited. The tone shifts too often, tho, and the acting is uneven. Repetitive fights.

Don't see it if you want a polished piece. Act I sagged; Act II was better w the Steins, but even it dragged. Three sisters creating one hell for ea other.

77
Disappointing, Quirky, Resonant, Good acting

See it if Little seen Zindel drama about three dysfunctional sisters Shakily veers from black comedy to tough melodrama Feminist overtones interesting

Don't see it if Able cast battles tonal shifts (both from author & director) with varying success Acting can get operatic but 3rd act brings it home

Critic Reviews (4)

May 6th, 2017

"Starts out shakily with an uncertain tone in Act I but gradually builds up a head of steam that leads to an explosive second half when the 'dark' overtakes the 'comedy'...The dialog is full of biting humor, which really needs to come out more in the performances...Where the performances grow and greatly improve is in the play's second half...An ambitious if imperfect play...The cast do best when they are focused on the efforts of the Reardon sisters to navigate their way through life,"
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May 10th, 2017

“Playwright Paul Zindel is ripe for rediscovery. From the evidence of Shay Gines' riveting revival of 'And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,' this tragicomedy now celebrating its 50th anniversary is Zindel's ‘Three Sisters,’ ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ all rolled into one. The performances in this production are first rate and could not be bettered. Like those earlier plays by Chekhov, Williams and Albee, the ending of ‘Miss Reardon’ is absolutely shattering.”
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May 16th, 2017

“Zindel’s evocation of a specific social milieu is masterful…Director Shay Gines doesn’t always get the rhythms of this world exactly right, though to be fair, the play itself tends to rehash the same points multiple times. But the show boasts some good performances…‘And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little' provides a challenge that this production doesn’t quite meet...New Yorkers of a certain age will definitely appreciate its portrait of a bygone era in the city’s history.”
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May 11th, 2017

"It is not difficult to envision the connections between the late-1960s setting of Retro's newest revival, the darkly comic 'And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,' and 2017's own tensions around race, gender, military conflict, and political upheaval...Complexity lends the play balance and nuance—none of the characters is entirely beyond reproach or without blemish...The production provides an engrossing, funny, provocatively relevant study of character and context."
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