Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W


From 37 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Original

About the show

Ensemble Studio Theatre presents Leah Nanako Winkler's new play about a New Yorker who returns to her home state of Kentucky to try to prevent her born-again sister from marrying at 22. More…

Hiro has to stop her baby sister from marrying a man she hardly knows, but that means returning to Kentucky and the home she’s put behind her. During Hiro’s quest, she will confront forgotten friends, former flames, and the family she fled. Will she be able to save her sister and escape back to Manhattan, or will years of therapy be undone by a single wedding weekend back in her old home?

2h 15m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (37)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Original
Avg Score

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You like diverse casts, funny but believable story, family sagas, satiric but warm look at evangelicals, family violence & Good oil' boys

Don't see it if Humor, drama & the absurd turn you off, family violence and treating fundamental Christianity with satire turns you off

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great design team

See it if you want to be introduced to a new playwright, Leah Nanako Winkler. Also, if you like comedy mixed with moving moments.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the themes of abuse and born-again Christianity.

Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Original

See it if you are interested in seeing a both funny and thought provoking play. Unfortunately the play never becomes as smart as it would like to be.

Don't see it if you're not willing to accept this show's noticeable flaws and roughly extra 15/20 minutes of extra writing.

Poorly written, good acting, amateurish

See it if You can bear a play that has a few funny moments and good performances but has stereotypical characters, trite monologues and needs editing

Don't see it if You do not want to see a poorly written play that needs a great deal of work

Entertaining, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if You like shows that throw lots of different things at you at once.

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn't constantly flip the structure and tone.

Funny, Original, Absorbing

See it if You like shows about people returning home to the lives & people they left behind, with great use of music, good acting and a talking cat.

Don't see it if You don't think a talking cat belongs in a show about coming of age and returning home.

Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you are good with promising, enjoyable first acts that get crushed when playwrights try to do too much in the second.THE CAT IS BRILLIANT!!!

Don't see it if see why you would see it

Excruciating, Slow

See it if on second thought, save the two hours and read a book instead...

Don't see it if you ever might think of visiting Kentucky and don't want to be blinded by stupid and senseless thoughts that you might pick up here.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Original, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you are looking for something intense but with comedy to balance it out. I personally related to this story so I was moved by the story

Don't see it if you don't like comedy mixed with drama.

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like complicated family dramas that aren't confined to living rooms and don't offer clearly drawn lines of right and wrong.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with plays that switch between multiple modes -- realistic, fanciful, musical, direct address.

Cliched, Quirky, Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you want to support emerging voices in the theatre, regardless of how much maturing they need.

Don't see it if you have little patience for overlong, self-indulgent, scattershot plays by young artists in need of a red pen and better focus.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if This play was absolutely amazing, and had an amazing set of actors. Intense! Keeps you intrigued throughout the 2 hours. Really great work!

Don't see it if You cannot handle intense topics about family, abuse, and unresolved endings. Def a must see though.

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Original, Great ensemble

See it if You want to experience a fresh new voice in the theatre. Some really beautiful writing + emphatic characters, makes for a great evening!

Don't see it if You are not into stylized (but not heavy-handed) theatre. It's a couple ticks amped up from naturalism, which *I* personally enjoy.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing, Must see, Great writing

See it if You like a good back-story

Don't see it if You are distracted by small productions that have to get creative with casting/staging (that cat...omg)

Delightful, Original, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny

See it if You are looking for a good off off Broadway show that is entertaining and quirky

Don't see it if Don't like to laugh

Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Original

See it if you like shows about self discovery and returning to your roots

Don't see it if you don't want a show with silliness with a serious undertone

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Original

See it if you want to see a great fun new show.

Don't see it if you don't like Kentucky lol

Quirky, Resonant, Funny, Great staging, Tender

See it if - you like original theater that's still in development - you've gone home after moving to nyc - you'd enjoy a cat with a full character arc

Don't see it if - you like classic works - you're looking for a polished product - you want a clear cut happy ending - you're easily uncomfortable by quirks

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Good show!

Don't see it if Not your style.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like an adroit, modern coming-of-age story with fully drawn characters, emotional engagement, and some humor.

Don't see it if You are looking for sentiment, big emoting, or extreme drama.

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a great new play!

Don't see it if You don't like new work

Delightful, Funny, Profound

See it if your heart ache's seeing parent child relationships struggle.

Don't see it if You don't like off color lanuage.

Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Original, Profound

See it if You crave diversity on the stage, enjoy hillarious yet moving writing and daring direction. Unlike anything Ive ever seen before.

Don't see it if You're unwilling to see something a little different.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Love good theatre

Don't see it if You are boring

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if If you love biting humor and moving emotional writing.

Don't see it if You expect a typical family drama.

May 1st, 2016
"'Kentucky' is a riff on the family play, the homecoming play, the coming-of-age play and also occasionally a musical. The style is what a naturalistic play might look like after several pitchers of juleps...Under Morgan Gould’s energetic though sometimes frenetic direction, the characterizations...
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May 2nd, 2016
“The characters are living cartoons, delivering lines—under Morgan Gould's direction—at a manic pitch. When it works, the show's voice is refreshing and witty; when it doesn't, it takes on the puffed-up dimensions of a soap opera. Too often, Winkler makes the subtext text, not giving the audience...
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May 5th, 2016
"Winkler is a nervy and sometimes witty writer, but hasn't provided a foundation that can accommodate screwball comedy plotting, ugly family confrontations, and dashes of Southern Gothic eccentricity...At least, the director, Morgan Gould, has signed up a personable and talented cast...By turns g...
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May 10th, 2016
"Ms. Winkler proves to be a master at combining genres that would feel disjointed if used by lesser writers. She is a keen observer of human nature who captures violence, pain and sorrow with honesty, but can’t help but offer us a glimpse of empathy and endless wonder. If by the end of the play, ...
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