Kiss It, Make it Better
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Kiss It, Make it Better
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Kiss It, Make it Better NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(31 Reviews)
Positive
23%
Mixed
55%
Negative
22%
Members say
Confusing, Intense, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent

About the Show

Theatre 4the People presents a new coming-of-age story about a damaged boy and girl who run away to create their own sort of Neverland in a crumbling fairground.

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Member Reviews (31)

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507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
63
Slow, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Was rooting for it, but after an 80 min first act, it lost me. Should be a one act. Acting was very good. So was staging.

Don't see it if You don't have patience. It's plodding. Needs a good edit and tighter direction.

563 Reviews | 195 Followers
7
Indulgent, Excruciating, Slow, Bad acting, Bad writing

See it if You want to see the early stage of play development. This is an extremely early phase of a play.

Don't see it if You want to see a play that's ready to be seen in front of an audience. You value good writing & acting.

360 Reviews | 222 Followers
49
Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Slow, Intense

See it if You're partial to shows about serious issues and their consequences.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for oblique, confusing and slow moving drama.

291 Reviews | 706 Followers
63
Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Excruciating, Visionary

See it if It's a stream of consciousness, cynical and rather hopeless look at coming of age. In the murk there are moments of revolutionary theater.

Don't see it if you're bothered by sexual violence, drug use, pathetic parenting, being lied to about the length, lack of closure and muddied message.

395 Reviews | 68 Followers
32
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if Your air conditioner is broken and you need a cool place to sit You like a play with way too many ideas You don't mind bad dialogue

Don't see it if You want to care about the characters

322 Reviews | 85 Followers
66
Ambitious, Well-cast, Slow, Unfocused, Uneven

See it if You'd like a well-intentioned, overly ambitious but ultimately unfocused, unclear drama about potential abuse. Good dialogue, weak play.

Don't see it if The bleak results of boredom, abuse & nihilism facing American teens upsets. Tighter editing & direction would've helped play & good cast.

235 Reviews | 230 Followers
62
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Original

See it if It was a good try and original and I appreciate the effort, but....

Don't see it if Hard to sit through for 2.5 hours. Shorten it by an hour, please.

233 Reviews | 34 Followers
66
Slow, Confusing, Clever, Original

See it if You like something different, cleverly staged, a show that constantly has you trying to figure out the time frame in lives of the characters

Don't see it if you want an easy to follow plot, you're offended by language and sexual themes, you have difficulty without theater-aided hearing devices

Critic Reviews (4)

Stage Buddy
June 6th, 2016

"A delightful and authentic coming-of-age story…Miskell was positively splendid as the ADHD suffering Ty...Nadia uses her newfound sexuality to conquer her long-time crush, their childhood babysitter, resulting in damaging perceptions of what relationships should look like. The play progresses to explore this theme in great depth with mostly entertaining results...The story does feel too repetitive and could probably be edited down. Still, Phoebus’ hard work and thoughtfulness is evident."
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Theater In The Now
June 3rd, 2016

"This coming-of-age story is accessible and universal. But by the second act, Phoebus explores a new style that does not even come close to being as successful as her poignant first act…Despite the drastic contrast of the script, 'Kiss It, Make It Better' featured visionary direction...'If Kiss It, Make It Better' ended after Act I, it would be triumphant. But Act II ruined the strong momentum. And it’s a shame because Theatre 4the People almost had a smash on their hands. So close yet so far."
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On Stage Blog
June 3rd, 2016

"Raw and poetic, the play falls upon you as a tsunami of engrossing pain, untamed passion, and tenderness that is confused with cruelty...The daring lighting design and projections complemented the play very well and managed to not take away from the actors, who delivered performances that gave me goosebumps at times. Sometimes the text loops for longer than needed but, ultimately, Erika Phoebus did a great job evoking the memory of the dirt and poetry of teenage years."
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New York Theatre Review
June 7th, 2016

"Like the awkward adolescents at its center, the script sometimes struggles when attempting to tackle large emotional beats. Thematic ideas fall like anvils, weighing down the action and stretching out the running time to two hours...The rapport between Phoebus and Miskell ultimately grounds the play. The actors have an easy, intimate chemistry...It’s hard not to be moved by the tragedy of these drowning teens clinging to each other, unable to keep from dragging themselves further down."
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