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In a Little Room

Members say: Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
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Ten Bones Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Pete McElligott’s dark comedy about two strangers trapped in a hospital waiting room. 

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They sit there feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital possibly burns down around them.


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"The play is well written and finely performed, but perhaps would have been more effective as a one-act rather than a short full-length work...The dialogue is rich, one-liners abound and there are plenty of acute observations that are sidetracked by the high jinks. The characters are dramatically delineated, yielding strong roles for the actors...Though laden with extraneous material that diminishes its impact, 'In a Little Room' is at its core insightful and entertaining." Full Review


“Regrettably, the attention to detail apparent in ‘In a Little Room's’ set extends to few other aspects of this black-as-soot comedy…It's a shame that McElligott goes for cheap laughs instead of digging deeper, because there are grains of wisdom in his script…Thrust between profundity and crassness, the actors try to cope…Also struggling for coherence is Patrick Vassel, the director…‘In a Little Room’ leaves the audience, literally and figuratively, in the dark.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It is a testament both to the writing and direction that the transitions are seamless, switching back and forth so much that at times I wasn't sure whether to laugh, or cry, or both. The progression of events is clever and fast-paced so there is never a dull moment...Morales and Kreager are both incredibly endearing, and their substantial chemistry kept me totally rapt...'In a Little Room' is dark, funny, witty, and most importantly, sincere. I can't recommend it enough." Full Review

Off Off Online

"A delightful new black comedy...McElligott has a knack for turning from tragedy to comedy with just the smallest twist, and director Vassel keeps the overall action seamless...During the morbid one-upmanship, the play turns more surreal by barely perceptible degrees...There’s a bit of straining near the end, but it’s a pleasure to be in the company of a talented dramatist who has embraced comedy as the genre to deal with serious subjects and is so remarkably in control of his talent." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“This one's a find…McElligott...has a sharp, original voice, and a way of teasing surprising but believable humor out of tragedy...McElligott is particularly graceful at introducing notes of sadness among the joke-telling...Some salient details go missing...McElligott, though, is a smart, engaging voice we'll want to hear more from, and 'In a Little Room' adds up to 80 of the better minutes you can spend in the East Village right now.” Full Review

Applause! Applause!

"A phenomenal script by Pete McElligott was brought to life by the talented acting trio of Jeb Kreager, Luis-Daniel Morales, and David Triacca. The play was funny, deep, and disturbing. Charlie lost his wife and Manning lost his daughter. One died instantly. The other died after a long illness. Coffee is spilled and then the hospital catches fire and starts to burn down. Basically, a comedy. A dark one you should not miss." Full Review

Urban Matter

"Its hilarious take on what can only be described as one of life’s hardest experiences is not to be missed...The play itself is both clever and witty, serving up laughs from the audience throughout its run. But be warned, 'In a Little Room' will certainly pull at your heartstrings as well...Overall, the play is captivating and presents a truly entertaining piece of theatre...Was I thoroughly entertained? Yes. Have I been thinking about the show since seeing it? Definitely." Full Review

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Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound

See it if You want to see a brilliantly acted and utterly riveting show.

Don't see it if You tend to shy away from theatre in the East Village. (Perhaps you should change that mindset?)

Also This grabs you from the get-go and sucks you in. Then there are twists... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like brilliant , funny, writing that makes you think. everyone at the show seemed fully engaged and happy to be there.

Don't see it if you want a big production.

Also this was one of the best written, wonderfully acted plays I have seen ... Read more Read less

Dark, Edgy, Hilarious, Surprising, Sly

See it if you're up for the challenge of seeing death and unspeakable tragedy dealt with in scandalously funny terms. Wonderful performances.

Don't see it if I think it successfully walks the tightrope between glib & poignant on death, grief, and catastrophe, but some won't tolerate the glibness.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like a fine production, wrll written with real human emotion.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a light subject.

As good as it gets

See it if You want to see a great show in a great small space. The writing and acting are great

Don't see it if If you will be uncomfortable laughing at a bad situation.

Also This play is so great in so many ways. I love a play written like this... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great writing, Oddly funny

See it if want to witness life and death issues pulled apart, twisted, and turned around again in a convincing, realistic and humorous way.

Don't see it if you recently lost a loved one and are not ready to hear phrases like "it could have been worse".

Also Well done - the acting was very good, the characters seemed very authe... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play about two men in a waiting room of a hospital and how they each deal with their grief.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a performance with minimal actors and one actor playing several parts.

Also These performers were great. They did such a great job in this perform... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Dark humor, Intriguing, Edgy and absurd

See it if You appreciate absurd, black humor performed by very gifted actors. Play looks at the value & meaning of life/death from hospital wait room.

Don't see it if You will find this difficult if you've had a loved one die or seriously ill. The actors & script are great but the play needs editing.

Also I liked this very much, but felt it got bogged down in various scenes.... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a fun time thinking about life and death issues. It grabs you by the heart and head and drags you into places you need to go.

Don't see it if you don't like to mix humor with philosophical thoughts on living/dying and all the life that's between these two opposite yet same places.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like well written and acted play that is both funny and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy subjects including death or aren't comfortable with provanity.

Also Theatre is small, modern and comfortable, and deep in the east village... Read more Read less

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you're ready for a burst of off Broadway brilliance: fresh, insightful, real take on life, death, bonding, wide mood swing, reaction to all

Don't see it if you don't grasp or like rapid dialog, ironically funny sexual and film references, death theme with comic relief, plot twist, Far E. Village

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Two men in a waiting room strike up an amusing conversation. Layers of plot and meaning unfold as the play becomes more serious.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy questions about coping with life and death, mixed with absurdist humor.

Also The Star Wars improv afterward at 10 pm was great too!

Funny, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Great writing

See it if Pulls the heartstrings & tickles the funny bone! If you've lost someone or know someone who has you'll be able to relate to this dark comedy

Don't see it if Laughing at Death makes you uncomfortable, or you hate plot holes or absurdity. It's a great play. MC Manning is phenomenal.

Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoyable 80 minute mostly two hander about life;

Don't see it if a bit absurd and not realistic; tries hard to give a message

Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy intense theatre about two people who randomly find themselves in a hospital waiting room. interesting. challenging. funny at times

Don't see it if Challenging, slow, a bit depressing. sometimes funny but not terrific.

Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a clever, interesting process that really does not add up to any new insights.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about what you are seeing

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if want an entertaining and catchy play about life and death. I was caught up in it a few minutes in.

Don't see it if you don't like discussions about things that happen in hospitals.

Also I was really entertained at this show, I liked how the writing express... Read more Read less

Funny, Beautiful, Intelligent, Great writing, Tear-jerking

See it if You want to laugh. You want to cry. You have to want to do both those things, though the crying didn't hit me until the very end.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear about death and meaning (or lack thereof) in life and in grief in a comedy. It's 90 minutes of mostly 2 guys talking.

Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you like funny, meditative character pieces that are brilliantly written and masterfully performed.

Don't see it if you want to be uplifted. You may leave the theatre depressed.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You have ever wondered about the people you sitting with in a public space.

Don't see it if You're looking for light and breezy entertainment

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Very dark comedy

See it if You like dark comedy and ones that compel you to listen and think.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if JUST SEE IT ! A great show with the two main characters dealing with recent deaths of a loved one. Thoughtful and humorous, it is a must see

Don't see it if NO REASON NOT TO ! If the subject of death annoys you and making fun of the way people choose to deal with it offends you, then skip this.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you want to see a new play with a fresh twist on death. A humorous look at lose.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with death.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Profound

See it if You're looking to see a play with modern themes in a fresh yet familiar setting.

Don't see it if You can't deal with any discussion of death. It is dealt with in a funny and refreshing fashion, however.

Funny, Great acting, Profound, Entertaining, Masterful use of comedy to make serious existential points about life, death and human suffering. this spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. a winner!

See it if You want your funny bone tickled while you think about the meaning of life and death.

Don't see it if You'll do anything to avoid facing the big existential questions.