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Heartless Bastard

From 2 critic and 51 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Clever

About the show

HERE presents the world premiere of this drama about a commercial real estate broker who receives a heart transplant, and finds himself forever changed. More…

Barry Weiss is a hotshot broker: arrogant, smart, and tough. His girlfriend Janie is his take-no-prisoners business partner. They ride the big wave of ambition and wealth, self-involved and self-satisfied. But when Barry needs a new heart, he descends into a comically callous world of medically inept doctors and hard-bitten nurses. As he recuperates, he finds that everything feels wrong. What are these feelings, these thoughts, all these questions? When he shows up on the doorstep of his donor's widow, he begins a dangerous journey into the true nature of his illness and the deeper meaning of his new heart.



75
TheaterScene.net

"Initially confounding but builds to a satisfying climax...It’s meant to be overblown and not at all realistic, and at times is hilarious...Shankman has the confidence to be jagged and confusing and pulls it all off with skillfully rendered surrealistic antics. George’s staging is artfully brisk with the appropriate momentum of fast-paced comedy sketches. Flashes of raw emotion are also sharply emphasized and there are terrific performances." Full Review

75
ZEALnyc

"Combines elements of farce with moments of poignancy. Lively scene changes and uptempo music ensure you don’t dose. The solid cast includes Kevin Sims, who portrays a dizzying array of male doctors...But it is Barbra Wengard who steals the show. Channeling two helpings of Marisa Tomei, she movingly conveys a widow’s torment...This actress imbues 'Heartless Bastard' with a soul." Full Review


90
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if ....you want to see a fun and different script come to life with great acting by five young amazing actors..

Don't see it if ....you're not interested in seeing a fast-paced well acted story.

90
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If your looking for a play with good dama amazing cast and clever twist that will keep you on suspense till the end then this is for you

Don't see it if Don't see this play if your not interested in plays with turns and twist it has adult content and language not suitable for children

88
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if You love a dark comedy. Crazy antics and good acting.

Don't see it if You want a happy go lucky story line.

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fast-paced play that leaves you with some interesting questions and views of life. Also some over-the-top fun performances.

Don't see it if Classic stories with everything tied up in the end.

79
Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Dark comedy

See it if you like dark comedy. The acting is over the top but it works.

Don't see it if the topic of heartless people mixed with heart transplants as comedy is not for you.

79
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Fast moving

See it if you're receptive to a fast-moving mixture of comical farce and heartfelt drama about a transplant character transformation. Great acting !

Don't see it if you're turned off by vulgar language, irreligious dialogues, and comical sexual episodes intermixed with a very serious health issue.

Also The performance by Barbra Wengard as Lorna Lazaretto, the widow of the... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You'd enjoy a lighthearted funny take on a serious subject (organ transplant) with zany characters.

Don't see it if You feel that needing a heart transplant isn't a laughing matter or risqué scenes offend you

79
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Banal

See it if a compromise with partners 88 and my 70. Some Jerry Lewis type scenes A real problem re: heart replacement. Expectations play a role.

Don't see it if One of us was ready for old time comedy and one was not. One wonders though how a person with a need for a heart might view it.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like exposure to the intriguing work of new dramatists interpreted by an excellent group of actors.

Don't see it if you are not interested by novel drama that is based on a good idea but does not quite manage to build a cohesive whole.

79
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play that will make you laugh. You want to see a few of the actors play several parts and do it well.

Don't see it if You don't like simple staging. You don't want to laugh. You are not interested in someone who is heartless, gets a new heart and changes.

78
Ambitious, Delightful, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if I thought it was a good show. had a lot of potential but fell a little short.

Don't see it if n/a

76
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see an engrossing, but flawed show, that keeps you interested and has some excellent acting

Don't see it if You want a finished, polished piece - it needs some work.

75
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if You'd like to see a well acted show

Don't see it if You're looking for a surprise, I found the ending very predictable.

75
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if The cast is stellar. The leads are very engaging in this quick play about a rather careless person getting a heart of substance.

Don't see it if I wasn't wild about the last pivotal scene taking place in complete darkness. I call that radio.

75
Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Heart-wrenching (pun intended)

See it if you enjoy fast-paced, thought-provoking dramas in small theatres, or enjoy good acting (leads, particularly) and interesting stories.

Don't see it if You can't take whirlwind twists in storylines, or don't like small theatres and minimalistic productions.

73
Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are in for insane portrayals of doctors and nurses around a transplant-changing personality with some good acting and minimal staging.

Don't see it if you cannot juxtapose unrealistic sex and comedy with the seriousness of medical and psychological change among multiple characters.

73
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You like small, intimate plays, with good acting, slightly-off accents, who persevere, in spite of technical difficulties; lighting board

Don't see it if Didn't work for my performance; maybe it would've been better. The concept was good, but, could've been better executed. Overall "okay"!

72
Ambitious, Quirky, Raunchy, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you are not looking for flaws and can simply find some enjoyment from an absurd show

Don't see it if you are easily offended and don't like loose ends

72
Raunchy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like the idea that a transplanted organ may bring the donor's spirit with it.

Don't see it if You don't care for lots of screaming and unnecessary sexual content that just distracts from the story.

Also There's at least one movie that is pretty much the same concept. Lots ... Read more Read less

70
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you like jim's writing and collin's talent. they are both exceptional.

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick revenge on physicians

70
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you want a few laughs and enjoy a silly, humorous story involving inept doctors and unscrupulous business people.

Don't see it if you're offended by some profanity and sexual situations. you want a realist story line

68
Clever

See it if you are fascinated by how having a transplanted organ might change your personality. You like a mixture of drama with some huge comedy.

Don't see it if you think transplanting organs/personality is a not terribly important thing to think about.

Also I saw this show when they had a light board that didn't work so it was... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Cliched, Over the top acting

See it if you like experimental works in small spaces with low production values.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cogent plot or a message that hasn't been done many times before.

Also There's the kernel of a good idea here, but it doesn't quite gel, and ... Read more Read less

68
Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you like silly plays with good and amusing acting.

Don't see it if you want a sophisticated, meaningful play with interesting staging and scenery.

65
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if an abstract and a bit absurd take on a serious topic is to your liking

Don't see it if you don't like your plays being too eccentric


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