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Heartless Bastard

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Funny
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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51 reviews
 

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

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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.

 

Cast & Creatives (10)


Reviews (53)

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75
Avg Score

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

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67
Avg Score

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.

50
Banal, Excruciating, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You don't care about the writing and acting The writing needs major help.

Don't see it if If you are inclined to good writing, plot, directing, acting.

64
Funny, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you like to ponder who we are and how and if transplanted organs may impact us.

Don't see it if You expect a mature script. Play seemed somewhat incomplete with lots of ideas not fully fleshed out resulting in trite characters.

1
Dizzying, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a very community theater type show here in the city

Don't see it if you are looking for anything professional.

Also There was nothing good about this play and it all starts with the play... Read more Read less

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

49
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if If shows that take a wrong turn and follow it unwaveringly towards disaster entertain you this is for you

Don't see it if Yelling inane dialog, nonsensical plots and characters with no substance disappoint you

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

65
Ambitious, Slow, Good acting, Confusing/contradictory in spots

See it if you'd like to support the arts, eclectic theater, and artists honing their craft.

Don't see it if you'd prefer a big broadway production.

Also the actors playing barry and lorna were good. the others were a bit an... Read more Read less

62
Ambitious, Raunchy, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you have a free evening and want to be mildly entertained; a very predictable plot has been done before; over-the-top comedic performances

Don't see it if you want a show with a new twist; you don't mind sexy scenes which have no reason to be there; you don't mind stupid out-of-place comedy

27
Excruciating

See it if You have a friend in the show.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written script. You care about the plot being interesting, not "wtf" every few minutes.

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.

60
Disappointing, Insipid, Uninvolving, Good acting, Mildly funny

See it if you like farces, silly plots and stereotyped characters with some humor and good acting.

Don't see it if you like shows that have realistic perceptive characterizations and plots that provide substance for interesting analysis.

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"!

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

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

40
Raunchy, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you enjoy writing with a lot of sexual undertones. This play felt very rudimentary to me.

Don't see it if you enjoy writing with depth and meaning. The subject matter of this play is very surface-level.

33
Funny, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Sophomoric

See it if You like sophomoric sex humor, you were a fan of the movie "Jacob's Ladder" and want to see that theme rehashed

Don't see it if You prefer grown-up humor, you don't like narrative threads that go nowhere, you dislike misdirection that leads to a surprise ending

Also The problem here is not the misdirection that leads to a surprise endi... Read more Read less

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.

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

50
Annoying, Ambitious, Relevant, Indulgent, Good acting

See it if You need an irony booster. One character says it best, "I hate your lousy irony." The acting is good. There is an "ah ha," at the end.

Don't see it if Maybe it's me. I could find no sympathy for, nor interest in a loud-mouthed, arrogant, egotistical real estate guy.