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

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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