Mary, Mary NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
30%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Dated, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

About the Show

Retro Productions kicks off its 2019 season with one of the longest running Broadway comedies of the 1960’s, about a divorced couple who are reunited, in the hopes that they can avert an audit by the IRS.

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71
Thought-provoking, Dated, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy witty discussions between men and women. These characters express their feelings with intelligent dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of discussion of marital problems between ex's. The views of early 1960's affects the dialogue. Read more

50
Poorly cast, Disappointing, Dated

See it if If you want to see a dated Rom Com

Don't see it if Your time would be better spent seeing the movie [which is not that good either but I remember from my childhood] or any Doris Day comedy.

Critic Reviews (4)

TheaterScene.net
May 8th, 2019

"A window on the 1960's, the problem for younger people will be the number of household names that aren't well-known anymore like Elizabeth Arden, Jack Warner, Louella Parsons, and David Susskind, pioneers who should not have been forgotten. The show program conveniently has a Pop Culture Glossary in the back...The problem for older people is that the pacing is a bit slow where it should be played at farce tempo which would make the repartee all that much more scintillating."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 7th, 2019

"This Xennial derived pleasure from the silver-haired audience filling the majority of the seats...I enjoyed their laughter and nostalgia, made obvious by their knowing sighs during those intimate moments best understood by couples who have been together long enough to finish each other's sentences...While the first act lags at times, the second act is laden with energy and physical comedy...Sometimes it's nice to see a revival that doesn't try to put a modern lens on old themes."
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Manhattan Digest
May 11th, 2019

"Yet for all the funny lines in this romantic comedy, this production of 'Mary, Mary' garners few laughs. It isn’t that the actors aren’t trying; more adept direction would have guided them toward better comic timing and tighter humorous synapses. Furthermore, 'Mary, Mary' is by no means the best in its 'rom com' class...Kudos to the cast for giving it their best go, and to Retro Productions for their charitable fundraising efforts and for keeping classic American theater alive."
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On Stage Blog
May 9th, 2019

"On Broadway in its prime, the play was revolutionary, charming, and witty...Attempting to resuscitate this dated work now, Retro’s 'Mary' seems quaint at best, and unbearably dull at worst. The laugh factor alone has seriously dropped...Director Shay Gines and the cast fail to pump any needed energy into the material, leaving a trail of wan half-chuckles and displaying a puzzling lack of chemistry....Unfortunately this piece hasn’t aged well with modern sentiments of class and gender."
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