"If there is an afterlife, I hope Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., has had the opportunity to look down and watch the Wheelhouse Theater Company's excellent production of his hilarious, incisive farce...directed with vitality, creativity, and respect...O'Connell manages all of Harold's dimensions in a tour de force performance...MacCluggage is every bit as good....A delayed-release show, where you laugh non-stop while watching it yet remain genuinely moved by it afterward." Full Review
"This darkly comic, often absurd and evocative play keeps the laughs coming while never letting its audience forget the bitter and ugly disparity between old-world misogynist machismo and new-age enlightened, sensitive yet sometimes impotent masculinity...O'Connell's broad-stroked but disgustingly gleeful performance...making him the man you love to hate...MacCluggage is extremely enjoyable and a shining standout...All flourish under Wise's deft direction and capable staging." Full Review
"Vonnegut Jr.’s shaggy but zingingly relevant comedy now getting a ferociously funny revival...As Jason O’Connell proves in a hilarious and explosive performance as Harold, the cult of masculinity that Vonnegut lampooned is still with us, absurd and menacing and terribly, terribly vain...This is quite a departure, and quite a star turn...In the final act, there’s a scene whose resonance now Vonnegut couldn’t possibly have imagined." Full Review
"The actors do not disappoint, especially in the performance by Jason O’Connell in the leading role...He is enough to see the show all on its own. As for the play itself, even if Vonnegut’s writing, once cutting edge is now somewhat duller, his absurdist take on the human condition has not dated at all. And if the plotting is clunky (which frankly, it always was), Vonnegut more than makes up for it up by his witty and thought-provoking dialogue, which will forever be linked as his trademark." Full Review
"Vonnegut fans will recognize the genre-busting conceits and madcap non sequiturs, and the play's antiwar, antigun satirical focus is pointed and unambiguous...Not a great play...It is, though, boldly theatrical and has its share of Vonnegut's trademark lunacy and deliciously lowbrow humor...Under Jeff Wise's brash direction, the cast is uniformly strong...The play overstays its welcome in the nearly two-and-a-half-hour running time, but in this production...there is certainly much to celebra... Full Review
"The play may not be a masterpiece, but the production by the Wheelhouse Theater Company under director Jeff Wise breathes screwball life into it with strong performances and unabashed theatricality...Under Wise’s direction, the disparate elements blend together like some psychedelic head trip...Most crucial to the production’s success is Jason O’Connell’s riveting performance as Harold, even if he often tips into excess." Full Review
"Vonnegut fans and enthusiasts of extremely broad acting will be thrilled by this revival...It’s rarely performed and this excellent production from Wheelhouse Theater Company demonstrates why...Exuberant dialogue matched with a 1960s biting sensibility, a familiar plot, and Shavian speechifying adds up to a patchy and long-winded experience...Their sterling presentation reveals it to be a piece of its time with little weight that does faithfully convey the sly spirit of Vonnegut." Full Review
See it if You're up for a terrific and sharp production of Vonnegut's flawed but timely meditation on American machismo, violence and determination.
Don't see it if No reason not to catch more great work by this thoughtful & enterprising company; cast, direction &production shine in this rarely seen play
See it if You appreciate truly funny, over-the-top acting and terrific directing, or if your are a fan of Vonnegut. Excellent cast.
Don't see it if You can't stand some dated, misogynistic lines, or depictions of violence, or a script with its tongue firmly in its cheek.
See it if If you like good acting, directing lighting and an esoteric story. KV, JR is a very provocative writer and the show is well acted, staged.
Don't see it if If you do not like a story with several meanings that tests your thought process. If you like big productions.
See it if You like Vonnegut's brand of simplistic scifi, this time dividing society into those who kill and those who don't.
Don't see it if Vonnegut trying to be Shaw, but didn't capture the intellectual and social issues. The overacting alarm sounded whenever the lead onstage
See it if you like a quirky Vonnegut play which feels relevant to today's times. The actors are committed and give great, energized performances.
Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate venues or absurd plays. Production makes good use of the space, but it's certainly no Broadway spectacle.
See it if WANT 2 C VONNEGUT ‘S VIEW OF HERO WORSHIP, VIOLENCE, FEAR & DEATH FROM BY A VERY SCARY COMICALLY FEROSE HAROLD (O'CONNELL) &A GREAT CAST
Don't see it if U DON'T LIKE ABSURDIST VONNEGUT, DATED BUT STILL THOUGHT PROVOKING MATERIAL
See it if You like offbeat humor, unsubtle progressive politics in the face of Trump-like instigation, and an old, old story that is still relevant
Don't see it if Politics aren't progressive & U can't put them aside to enjoy a show, or politics R progressive & U can't stomach awfulness to make a point
See it if You want to see actors take huge truthful chances and succeed in going very far. The premise is involving and relevant to our time
Don't see it if If you want a safer strictly entertaining light evening. It's in an intimate theatre which may not be for everyone
See it if you are an avid Vonnegut reader and understand his writing. Appreciate a modern tale of a classic, with the consequences of male stupidity.
Don't see it if you can't stand conflict, absurdity or things that are not neatly wrapped up like a birthday cake for a cute girl with a green balloon.
See it if You like good acting, specially Harold and Penelope was over the top. Eventhough the play takes place in past, still relavant.
Don't see it if You do not like Very intimate theatre setting, violence, hunting, war talk, profanity.
See it if you want to see great acting in a play that touches on relevant issues but also has some HILARIOUS scenes.
Don't see it if you can't handle some uncomfortable scenes with misogynistic content.
See it if You are ready for something different and have an open mind. You want to see some good acting and really nice staging.
Don't see it if You are not open to a play that is not like any other. You are too serious and closed minded. You don't like absurdity in a good way.
See it if want to see a rarely staged Vonnegut story. Great actors in a small intimate space. Interesting!
Don't see it if you don't like male characters behaving as if they rule the world and need to show off their big bad he-man ways.
See it if If you like plays that look at issues of human nature done in a fresh and imaginative way. And if you’d a Vonnegut fan you’ll love it
Don't see it if If you don’t like absurd type plays that are surreal and out of the box
See it if you resist sorting people into Winners and Losers; are interested in how the gods of the old world become the devils of the new one.
Don't see it if you want to feel happy watching it. Actors apply their talents to irritate. Cruel, scornful dialogue; kicking easy targets when they’re down
See it if you enjoy Vonnegut's unique blend of satire, absurdism and social commentary. Humor and tragedy somehow find their places on the same stage
Don't see it if you want a simple, linear story that does nothing to expand your imagination or make you think.
See it if you want to see a rarely performed play from the brilliant Kurt Vonnegut
Don't see it if you are not able to pay close attention for two intense hours of intimate live theater
See it if You want to laugh, act 1 was the best, non stopped laughing. Act 2 gets to the point still funny.
Don't see it if Dark humor isn’t for you, you don’t like small theater shows
See it if you like dark absurdist works. Strong anti-violence message. Some laughs. Strong ensemble cast. High prodn values. Strange digressions.
Don't see it if you dislike brutality. HBWJ assaults you. Jason commits, but it's hard to take (and loud!) I was uncomfortable. Admirable, but not enjoyable
See it if you want to see a treasure by K.V.jr that is rarely performed. It is as relevant today as it was in 1970. See it!!!
Don't see it if quirky absurdist plays are not for you.
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