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Chess (Gallery Players)

From 44 member  reviews
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.  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.'

Member Reviews (44)


Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great singing, Disappointing

Ambitious, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

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

Banal, Disappointing, Amateurish, lackluster performances

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You never saw the original and like excellent songs and score with good female lead

Don't see it if Overloud music drowning out male vocalists upsets you

Also Sound levels should have been worked out by this stage. You miss half ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dated

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.

Also Chess at its best is problematic. The Broadway version is not it's bes... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent

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.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Good singing, Uneven pacing, Energetic cast

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.

Also I have gone to Gallery Player productions for many years and this was ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, misguided, energetic cast, problematic music

See it if you are a fan of the musical, appreciate a strong effort by a hard-working community theater cast

Don't see it if you are a fan of the musical, have memorized every note of the Broadway album, want a glitzy show with high production value

Also I REALLY wanted to love this production. But from the first scene to t... Read more Read less


See it if You like an opera type of musical

Don't see it if You want to hear memorable songs.

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 ...
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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...
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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 annive...
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