Chess (Gallery Players)
Chess (Gallery Players)
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Chess (Gallery Players) NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(44 Ratings)
Positive
77%
Mixed
18%
Negative
5%
Members say
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Disappointing

About the Show

2018 marks the 30th Anniversary for this landmark musical. Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, super power politics, and international intrigues. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (44)

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80 Reviews | 8 Followers
89
Absorbing, Delightful, Great story line

See it if Great how the story line parallels the chess game. Also happy to support small local theaters.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musicals

76 Reviews | 23 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great writing, Great singing, Fun, Engaging

See it if You like impressive ensemble musicals, political/Cold War theater, love triangles, or just want a good night out.

Don't see it if You are looking for a tightly run production, or aren’t into the topics. The sound EQ made it hard to hear the actors at times.

314 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if the staggering level of singing and extraordinary music.

Don't see it if the story is a bit of a slog and too much going on.

50 Reviews | 28 Followers
84
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if IF you love great lyrics and music, one of my all time favorite musicals.

Don't see it if Not a fan of musicals, or period pieces that deal with pop culture and politics.

118 Reviews | 29 Followers
82
Absorbing, Slow, Resonant, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you like political and romantic conflicts delivered as a metaphor. Fantastic score, and this group had some talented singers.

Don't see it if you can't handle long shows that maybe need to be cut down a little bit.

203 Reviews | 240 Followers
80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to support a great community theater and see a musical that is not produced very often.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays; it was almost three hours long. Read more

52 Reviews | 14 Followers
80
Ambitious, Great singing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to enjoy a musical with some historical background.

Don't see it if you don't like a show that lasts more than 2.5h

79 Reviews | 25 Followers
79
Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience this concept album in an intimate staging

Don't see it if you need big broadway productions to appreciate a book/music/lyrics

Critic Reviews (3)

Blog Critics
April 24th, 2018

"Thrilling music and beautiful melodies...A dud of a book...Napier and Chitel both have warm, appealing presences and good voices...Donnelly works hard to enliven the story, and has the pipes...for the role's challenging vocal demands. That his big revelatory number comes so late that we've long since lost interest is only one of the show's innumerable flaws...Worth seeing for the music alone...Despite the balance problems this production puts it across well."
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Show Showdown
April 27th, 2018

"I have identified the problem with the musical 'Chess.' It's bad...The entire show can be lifted by a really good production, with performers filling in the blanks left by the writing...Sad to say, the Gallery Players production does not raise up the show. In fact, it helps to sink it...Harborth's direction is the three-dimensional manifestation of 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'...He slathers on noise and movement, hoping that energy will cover up the weak structure underneath. It doesn't."
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April 29th, 2018

“When you play chess, you must be careful to select only the most strategically advantageous moves. This play highlights the fact this is also true in matters of the heart and regarding issues of statecraft. For those who are fans of the musical, you will not be disappointed with this 30th anniversary revival. Producing and directing this complicated musical is not an easy task but The Gallery Players are to be congratulated for pulling it all together in a manner that will please most people.”
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