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Dead End

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Riveting, Edgy

About the show

Axis Theatre Company revives this 1935 drama set in a NYC where tenement houses and luxury apartments stand side by side, and extreme wealth and abject poverty intersect every day. More…

Gangsters and bankers, prostitutes and lost children, failure and dreams of the future all live on this street. Axis illuminates these stark contrasts with an understanding of their mythology as well as their contemporary mirror in the city of today. In its original Broadway run, Sidney Kingsley's show played for almost two years, and was turned into the 1937 film of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart.

Member Reviews (8)


Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Riveting, Edgy
Avg Score

Dated, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a shortened version of a classic play that will never be revived on Broadway in a slimmed down production with ok acting.

Don't see it if you don't like classic plays shortened to the point of losing it's dramatic effect about life during the depression.


See it if A well know play rarely performed with a large cast. Done right it is still a classic. Large cast brings it to life.

Don't see it if Having talented young girls play the parts of the Dead End Kids don't do it for you. Loud voices in a small theatre bother you at times.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy vivid, original takes on older plays, you want to see amazing performances from a transformative group of actors

Don't see it if You want to see a musical or light comedy

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you appreciate theatricality at it's finest, and can handle 90 mins of non-stop, fast paced storytelling

Don't see it if you prefer traditional, linear, modern plays.

During previews
Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Amateurish

See it if you like the shows produced by Axis...

Don't see it if you didn't like talent night at camp...

During previews
Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You want to see something a little different tonight.

Don't see it if You like lavish sets and want to see a “feel good” show. This isn’t it.

Also I thought it was a bit chaotic at first, but then realized there was a... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to see a uniquely captivating production, you want to see wonderful performances

Don't see it if you don't like revivals

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You like shows about the history of New York City

Don't see it if You desire to see a light hearted musical

May 4th, 2017
"It's a dramatic world Sharp has built for what is already a dark story, and it's an engaging one in which to exist for an hour and a half. There are times, however, when style gets in the way of emotional substance...The gang of boys do the best job of striking a balance between affectation and ...
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May 4th, 2017
“A staging that I'm guessing would have left Kingsley aghast…Its attempt at boiling down the play's conflicts to a concentrated form is a strategy that backfires, leaving us with wall-to-wall confrontations, each one played at a more feverish pitch than its predecessor…Instead of turbocharging Ki...
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May 3rd, 2017
“Axis has taken on the bleak story of the Great Depression and has jolted it into sentience...Both Kingsley's original play and Axis's presentation of it paint a vivid portrait…The depictions of the characters' lives may seem melodramatic and clichéd, but their experiences are rooted in reality.....
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May 15th, 2017
"Director Randy Sharp has turned Sidney Kingsley’s Depression-era relic into something still relevant, while keeping the aesthetic of an old black-and-white movie...There is some exaggerated acting, especially by a few of the adult actors portraying children...What hits the hardest is not the sli...
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