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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
Avg Score

Great direction, Ambitious, Entertaining

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.

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

Great singing, Entertaining, Dated

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.

Also I think they fixed the sound issues mentioned in previous reviews. I h... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You want to see a great show and support local theater!

Don't see it if Three hours us too long for you or you need more staging

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

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.

Clever, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You want to see good actors perform a mediocre show with a few great songs

Don't see it if You want great sound (could barely hear the lead singer), you mind shows that run too long

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.

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

Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You enjoy shows with creative design, romantic entanglements and a wonderful score!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of a love story with impossible odds set during Cold War era with a challenging score to be sung.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you can follow arguments

Don't see it if you get lost in logic

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you're already a fan of the musical, or if you want to see a musical with a gorgeous, inspired score sung by some good voices.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a really strong book and if you care a lot about innovative staging and lighting.

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.

Great acting, Great singing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You appreciate local theater with a talented cast. Excellent singing and acting.. enjoyable 80’s rock music. Love the plot twists.

Don't see it if You prefer shorter shows. This runs a bit over 2.5 hours

Also The Gallery Players did a great job on already complicated story line.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you like Chess!! It' s alittle intense, but overall not bad

Don't see it if You're not into chess at all!!

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Dated, Slow

See it if Beautiful singing , excellent acting ...enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Spot on costumes for the 80’s

Don't see it if It’s a bit long but there is a lot going on during the play.

Confusing, Great singing, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Enjoyed the acting and singing. Favorite part was One Night in Bangkok..very entertaining. Also liked that there were multiple stories going

Don't see it if If you don't like long shows that have to do with the cold war.

Also Starts off very intense, ...moving scene with little girl and father, ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love musicals and amazing singing.......also if u love a few jokes go see it

Don't see it if you don’t like a long show

Also also the director did an amazing job with the cast and show and the ca... Read more Read less

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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