"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
"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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"!
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
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