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. More…
Set against the backdrop of the International Chess Championship, from Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate and are manipulated to the pulse of a rock score that includes 'One Night in Bangkok' and 'Heaven Help My Heart.'
See it if At it's best, Chess is problematic (Nelson's lugubrious book to blame) and this moribund production does it no favors Lame direction kills
Don't see it if Because of erratic leads, Freddie (bad). Florence (decent), & Anatoly (very good) chorus steals the show Has a cold war feel but it's a slog
See it if great community theater. brought back memories of a production at Equity Lib. theater. great lighting. huge cast wide range of talent
Don't see it if relationships between the 3 leads not clearly there. at times music outplayed the singers. overall worth the trek. just about three hours
See it if you like this Tim Rice musical and can appreciate a good community theater effort, with some great voices and unique staging.
Don't see it if you are bothered by poor sound: background and band are too loud, drowning out all the female voices and making you strain to hear dialogue.
See it if You want to support a local, non-professional theatre company. You love Chess and/ or Brit pop. You like
Don't see it if You'd prefer a more professional production company. You hate late '80s-early '90s musicals.
See it if you enjoy stories of complex relationships or those set during the Cold War.
Don't see it if you prefer something short and light. This show is 3 hours long and is steeped in heavy drama.
See it if you like to see musicals that are rarely done. Chess is a really interesting musical.
Don't see it if you like to hear the singing over a loud orchestra. I sat in the front row and could read their lips. The lyrics are great when you can hear
See it if want to appreciate underheard score, experience some stellar performances, fan of Carmen Napier or Doug Chitel, want 2 well up at highpoints
Don't see it if Whitest version of One Night in Bangkok ever, unbalanced sound, awkward/minimal staging, community theatre flavorings, would keep u away
See it if you’re new to Chess and can appreciate a good musical in an imperfect production and small venue
Don't see it if you want to see the ideal version of this musical; are really uncomfortable w/ sympathetic infidelity, Bankok curiously devoid of Asians
See it if You are good at imagining what an amazing musical it would be if you took away the problems with the staging.
Don't see it if It's a problem for you when the cast can't sing over the orchestra and even at their best, they're having to yell-sing to get it to work.
See it if you just want to hear the great songs from the show sung by mediocre actors and singers in a production that lacks intrigue & thrills.
Don't see it if you don't want your memory of seeing a professional production destroyed and make you question the brilliance of the show.
See it if you have a desperate need to see the Broadway version of Chess.
Don't see it if you don't like 80's pop-rock musicals or you have a strong attachment to another version of Chess.
See it if You don't mind seeing Chess with a Florence who can't really sing (but did a great job with the acting)
Don't see it if You can't sit through a three-hour musical about backstabbing and politics. I was riveted, but it's not for everyone.
See it if You like the musical and are ok seeing a production with some very good voices/actors, but otherwise some amateurish actors as well.
Don't see it if You want to see something polished with better actors and production values.
See it if you love the musical Chess. This is enthusiastically staged by an off off off Broadway group with much heart. Wish the vocals were stronger.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy community theater productions. Don't enjoy 80's costumes.
See it if you want to support someone in the cast or Gallery Players.
Don't see it if you are already a fan of Chess. Even at the community theater level, and especially for Gallery Players, this was a miss.
See it if you can't find the broadway album anywhere.
Don't see it if you like the musical Chess, have any musical background at all, or just have ears. I don't blame the cast, but the musical director.
See it if You like the not-often-produced musical Chess and want to see it any venue. You like the 80s and find US/Russia relations interesting.
Don't see it if You don't want to travel to Brooklyn for theater. You want superior production quality.
See it if you're drawn to an interesting take on the chess game of life with a talented cast highlighting pressures during the cold war period.
Don't see it if you don't like overly long performances with forgettable songs and background music that drowns out the vocalists. Romantic attempts fail.
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.
See it if Like me you have never seen Chess and are curious. If you like to support local theater and want to see an OK production of a flawed show.
Don't see it if You expect high quality/production values, don’t want to travel to Bklyn for a 3 Hour Show of cult musical favored for the music (weak book)