Kiss It, Make it Better
Closed 2h 30m
Kiss It, Make it Better

Kiss It, Make it Better NYC Reviews and Tickets

(31 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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180 Reviews | 39 Followers
Disappointing, Original, Indulgent, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You want to catch a show with some novel ideas and presentation about a life long very complicated romance filled with many disappointments.

Don't see it if You have a short fuse when it comes to overly drawn out plays. This had lotsa promise but loses itself (& us) in act ll. Needs much editing.

153 Reviews | 44 Followers
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing a work-in-progress show with a lot of potential and great acting. Miskell gave Ty much needed depth & is an actor to watch.

Don't see it if you are looking for a tight, well-polish story or you are deeply disturbed by shows about sexual violence and mental illness.

268 Reviews | 36 Followers
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

393 Reviews | 101 Followers
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.

64 Reviews | 15 Followers
Absorbing, Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You are comfortable with sensitive coming of age topics and intense acting.

Don't see it if You enjoy comedies, musicals or obvious conclusion storylines.

548 Reviews | 1899 Followers
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.

291 Reviews | 716 Followers
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.

235 Reviews | 232 Followers
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.

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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