Closed 2h 30m
Kiss It, Make it Better
West Village
58

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)

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.

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.

Critic Reviews (4)

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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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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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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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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