Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Bump

From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Ensemble Studio Theatre presents a new play which follows three different stories of three separate quests for knowledge, all revolving around pregnancy and childbirth. More…

A girl in colonial New England, expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a mechanic about to become a grandfather all attempt to discover more about the miracle of childbirth.

1h 30m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (37)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting
76
Avg Score

53
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if If you are interested in a childbirth play. If you want to see poop, and all the viewings of childbirth.

Don't see it if you want to see good acting or a consistent, not confusing at times show.

60
Mildly entertaining

See it if Enjoy vignettes including a young woman trying to give birth with a midwife, & present day where a balloon-like device helps give birth.

Don't see it if Uneven cast. Gets very detailed ("blood mucus", poop inside baby's mouth, etc). Some early scenes are cartoonish in acting quality.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Funny

See it if you would enjoy a humorous look at pregnancy and childbirth, how so much has changed over the years and yet remains somehow the same.

Don't see it if if you have no interest in pregnancy/childbirth or find this subject uncomfortable; you are looking for a Broadway style show.

76
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Three pregnancy related stories unfold interspersed with Youtube demos and chats.

Don't see it if You want a serious discussion of pregnancy and childbirth rather than briefly touching many subjects and including a fanciful invention.

40
Disappointing

See it if You want to sit back relax and enjoy a nice fluffy comedy where are you do not have to think much

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about the up and downswings of what someone goes through in a pregnancy

Also I was really excited to see this play and was very disappointed. Based... Read more Read less

78
Well done. clever.

See it if You like comedic takes on real life issues. In this case pregnancy.

Don't see it if You like tradional plays.

91
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You want to see a play that revolves around pregnancy and childbirth that is done in a very funny informative way. You want to laugh.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the subject of pregnancy and childbirth. You don't want to laugh. You don't want to have a great time at a play.

Also I loved this play. I was so thoroughly entertained. I enjoyed everyone... Read more Read less

76
Ambitious, Cliched, Interesting scientific base

See it if You like theatre that is based around new medical innovation. interesting discovery.

Don't see it if I saw the last performance. Enjoyed it more than I was expecting to.

Also There were 3 stories. A pregnancy chat room - that was honest, but had... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you can joke about the way life began for us all. Women can identify, men can commiserate and then they can all have a good laugh together.

Don't see it if you can't enjoy a little down to earth humor, or are looking for a big, swanky venue.

70
Cute, Silly, Well acted, Fun, Lighthearted

See it if you like a lighthearted "take" on pregnancy tribulations that is pleasant, fun to watch and well performed and presented.

Don't see it if you favor a serious treatment of woman's pregnancy issues that provides insights and in-depth character development.

55
Cliched, Edgy, Insipid, Funny, Ill informed

See it if you can snooze through the first 15 of 75 mins. and most of the remainder to focus on 19th Century Irish scenes and grandpa’s inventepiphany

Don't see it if stereotypical lower middle class Hispanic accents and attitudes irritate you, you are or know someone who is pregnant or can become pregnant

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to be entertained by talented actors in a cute play.

Don't see it if you want to see great drama.

Also EST puts on delightful plays. I've been going to EST for over 40 years... Read more Read less

58
Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if "Bump" is plays within a play. The main story is passable as entertainment. The side stories feel like unnecessary fillers.

Don't see it if The cast of mainly actresses are delightful but one wishes that the material would be stronger.

74
Entertaining, Hilarious, Refreshing, Resonant, Delightful

See it if You like comedy and want to have a good laugh. The play is about pregnancy & childbirth. 3 pregnancy stories are told from different era.

Don't see it if You are not interested about pregnancy stories, or if you do not like small venue setting.It is heartwarming stories are genuine and so real

85
Hilarious, Clever, Original, Great comedic acting

See it if you would enjoy a refreshing comedy about pregnancy and childbirth. Light, but very well done!

Don't see it if you're looking for serious drama or a lavish production. This show works because of terrific actors!

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you eant a nice evening of a well acted take on pregnancy

Don't see it if you're looking for something heavy

78
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like light comedic skits about reality

Don't see it if You enjoy funny suits on a common subject

68
Intelligent, Clever, Cliched, Relevant, Timely

See it if You have interest in developments and the history of healthcare for birth & delivery.

Don't see it if You're looking for deeper insight into birth.

Also The EST/Sloan play is a genre unto itself, where the playwright (and E... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Cliched, Disappointing, Big ad for a medical device

See it if If you're into the mechanics of childbirth, this is for you

Don't see it if You're not interested in the mechanics of childbirth and don't want to see an ad for a medical device to help labor.

82
Delightful, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if women-centered storytelling is a plus. Funny, observational writing with a great, large ensemble for such a production. A joy.

Don't see it if are squeemish about reproductive talk, potential triggers for pple who have had miscarriages.

75
Delightful, Funny

See it if you don't mind a slight play. The actors were charming and the evening was enjoyable but it seems more like an early draft.

Don't see it if are looking for a substantial piece of theatre.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a comedy that explores childbirth.

Don't see it if Does about childbirth or women don't interest you.

85
Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Untold, Universal

See it if you are curious about Pregnancy.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with the female body and babies

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to learn more about birth than you probably ever would have or an incredibly warm story.

Don't see it if You want something that leaves you on the edge of your seat.

81
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You can appreciate a short play with funny lines and excellent acting. The father and inventor could easily have overacted, but didn't.

Don't see it if You want to see a big Broadway musical.


May 17th, 2018
“Isn’t much of a play. It’s part sketch comedy and part advertorial, with some historical fiction tossed in, too. The structure’s a mess, the characters are whisper thin. The word 'uterus' is uttered nine times. But if you are pregnant, if you have been pregnant, if you have resulted from a pregn...
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May 17th, 2018
“'Bump' deals well enough with the science side of things, making an accessible and entertaining story out of a medical innovation. However, without an emotional arc to supplement, all you have is an amusing anecdote — not a fully developed play...A sometimes funny but ultimately toothless story....
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May 18th, 2018
“Only runs ninety minutes, but it gets winded long before reaching the finish line...So little happens in 'Bump,' I hesitate to even call it a play...I'll say this for the colonial subplot: At least it distracts from the obvious fact that 'Bump' is little more than a collection of stray observati...
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May 18th, 2018
“Atik’s insightful, inventive and entertaining comedy about pregnancy...Atik complements her engaging contemporary scenario with creative theatricality...The totality of plot threads makes for a charming and engrossing take on the subject due to Atik’s highly skillful writing that combines an ima...
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