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.'
“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.” Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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.... Full Review
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.
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.
See it if You enjoy dated musicals. Great score, great singing. You want to see Chess performed.
Don't see it if The storyline is problematic, and this show specifically would benefit from more elaborate staging.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
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 see a staged version of Chess. There's different versions & while I liked this one, I didn't quite know who's story it was
Don't see it if you need a flawless production. A bit hard to hear these performances. Would still see if if you are curious what is the story of Chess.
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 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.
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