Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Kentucky

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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Original
77
Avg Score

During previews
75
Great writing, Sprawling, Lovely, Playful, Resonant

See it if you want to experience a lovely, messy, playful exploration of family that meanders a little but ultimately gets there.

Don't see it if you like your plays to be taut and pack a punch.

During previews
89
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if you like "dysfunctional family" with a more or less happy ending, questions answered, and quirky interludes.

Don't see it if you are very religious - you will be very offended; if you are put off by interracial marriages, or you like Broadway musicals.

During previews
24
Excruciating, Terrible acting, Unlikeable characters, Cliched, Pass

See it if You have to see a play about racial issues and familial strife...even if it's not particularly good.

Don't see it if Crude language used solely for shock value isn't shocking to you. Or if good writing/acting is important to your enjoyment of a show.

During previews
84
Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Epic, Diverse characters!

See it if you're up for some quirky yet resonant family dysfunction. It's a cast of thousands, yet you care about each one. The cat = bonus!

Don't see it if you expect cohesive direction, as it's a little uneven -- or you're easily offended.

During previews
90
Honest, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a melodramatic and more light-hearted take on an intense family tale, you want to see diversity onstage through casting and story

Don't see it if you want to be in a consistent single emotional state throughout the whole play, you don't like dealing with the religious south

During previews
88
Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you want to see an innovating twist on a resonant story, filled with invention and variation from moment to moment.

Don't see it if you're tired of the old "hometown v. NYC" trope.

During previews
94
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You're looking to see a brand new play that has a real future. I could EASILY see this on Broadway next season.

Don't see it if It's not for young children, but otherwise, JUST. GO. SEE. IT.

During previews
95
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you want to see see on off the best off Broadway plays in years

Don't see it if The seats are tight

During previews
82
Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Original, Funny

See it if you'd appreciate a dysfunctional family play that tackles abuse, race, religion and marriage with quirky humor and sincerity.

Don't see it if You like straightforward realism (some funky moments here) or would dislike a millennial protagonist who can be self-centered.

During previews
51
Cliched, Disappointing, Good actors

See it if I was disappointed with this play as it had the potential to be funny and touching. The actors were good but it was so cliche I almost left.

Don't see it if I disliked the religious elements of the play as well as the cliche of the characters. This was only saved by the acting ability involved.

During previews
85
Delightful, Hilarious, Romantic, Cliched, Funny

See it if You're all about that family & funny business

Don't see it if you can't handle race

During previews
80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you are looking for a really good show that doesn't have Broadway prices. This little show packs a punch. Great acting too!

Don't see it if You want to see sets of a Broadway house. This is low key staging but well done for the resources.


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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