Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

MOPE

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Raunchy, Great acting, Relevant, Edgy, Funny

About the show

Youngblood—Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie-winning company of young playwrights—presents Paul Cameron Hardy's new dark comedy about guys who do porn. More…

A "mope" is the lowest-level male performer in the adult-film industry. An anonymous stunt-penis. The guy in that porno you watched who was wearing sunglasses and socks. A dreamer. 'Mope' is a raunchy comedy and a scathing examination of a country poisoned by toxic masculinity. Note: The play contains nudity and extensive adult content.

1h 45m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Raunchy, Great acting, Relevant, Edgy, Funny
81
Avg Score

75
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Usual professional production standards by EST's Youngblood Co elevate Hardy's muddled drama. Good performances help esp Eric Miller as lead

Don't see it if Two story lines don't gel & our sympathies are at frustrated cross purposes Trevor's one dimension annoys & ending blatantly gratuitous

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Shocking

See it if you're interested in a play about the workers in porn industry or in seeing how success can spoil a relationship, see an outsider react

Don't see it if A tiny bit of onstage nudity disturbs you, watching the deterioration of an aging, less attractive porn star turns you off, longish pauses

85
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you don't mind male nudity on stage; you are interested in the lives of people in the porno industry, interpersonal relationships in general

Don't see it if you are appalled by full frontal male nudity on stage; you are not interested in the porno industry or the lives of the people involved.

89
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if Eric Miller gives a perfect performance. This play is just about perfect. I wish someone could give me a list of all shows that are like

Don't see it if this. I plan to check out every show at this theater. The way they moved the set around with the actors was very well done

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought provoking

See it if you are fascinated by the private lives of porno actors, one upcoming, one 2nd rate sliding downhill and the effect it has on their relation

Don't see it if you are not interested in a show about porno stars that has full frontal male nudity and has scenes that may be offensive to some.

75
Raunchy, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like watching shows about losers at the end of their rope.

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid full frontal male nudity.

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You're not offended by porn, male nudity, rap music (interludes), cussing, violence, race jokes, drugs. It's all there, but, lots of humor.

Don't see it if You dislike all the above. No LGBT scenes. Not too raunchy, but, if you're a prude; it's not for you. Takes a turn towards the (at the) end

83
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Quirky

See it if You like quirky, unorthodox stories about people in unusual occupations and relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like nudity or if you don't feel sympathy for awkward societal misfits.

80
Raunchy

See it if an inside look at the porno interests you. You are able to get a set to this popular play.

Don't see it if your bothered by a well endowed naked man with to many tattoos.

85
Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Great writing, Raunchy

See it if you're interested in understanding the adult film industry, an examination of toxic masculinity, good acting by a strong ensemble cast

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity, want to see something light and fluffy, or want something family friendly. It gets dark.

75
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Quirky, Intense, Edgy

See it if This play was good. I particularly enjoyed the female performances - Especially Jennifer Tsay (fantastic job!). The set & sound great, too.

Don't see it if You aren't ready for a play about male porn stars in L.A.. Some male nudity, lots of language & adult subject matter. Gets dark & intense.

79
Entertaining, Intelligent, Mostly good acting

See it if you're interested in the porn film industry

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with some gratuitous male nudity

59
Raunchy, Banal, Insipid, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you wanna be entertained without thinking too much

Don't see it if You find male nudity disturbing

68
Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Edgy, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a story that seems extra-timely; if you're willing to watch a tough subject and be shocked by the dramatic ending

Don't see it if you're squeamish about frank sex-talk; if you want a tightly constructed, plot-based story; if you want a happy ending. (This is not comedy)

75
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if you're interested in seeing a play about an entitled white guy who blames everyone but himself for his inability to make it in this world.

Don't see it if you object to seeing a penis on stage, aren't comfortable with coarse language, or expect plays to say something new and profound.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Very surprised how well acted and good this was. Show has layers; Thought provoking. Intimate theater experience. Theater itself is raw.

Don't see it if Not much negative to say. The nudity and frank explicit sex talk serve a purpose. A few unbelievable things, and takes its time to build.

80
Funny, Scandalous, Smart, Raunchy

See it if you want some legit laughs, and aren't afraid about getting them from gross and shocking material. Interesting, fully realized characters.

Don't see it if the subject matter of porn, and/or the nudity and graphic dialogue required to make the play feel authentic, offend you.

75
Dark, Edgy, Intense, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you can relate to the story of a striver (in the p*rn industry), with a subtext examining straight white male privilege/toxic masculinity.

Don't see it if ...you aren't comfortable with frontal nudity or drug use depicted onstage (in a small house.)

80
Profound, Edgy, Hilarious, Relevant, Raunchy

See it if new plays cleverly massaging relevant, national political conflicts into a seemingly mundane reality interests you.

Don't see it if vulgar subject matter, full frontal nudity, or profane language are turn-off's for you.

Also This play has the potential to score much higher if given the proper f... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Intense

See it if You enjoy solid acting, and dynamic character relationships, with fantastic situations. Bravo to playwright especially, also director & cast

Don't see it if Porn makes you uncomfortable. There is also some violence, and a lot of shaming in this play.

78
Edgy, Quirky, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like off-beat shows that focus on topics not usually presented in theater these days.

Don't see it if You don't like sitting in small, hot theaters, with the potential of a tall person sitting in front of you blocking your view.

95
Intense, Refreshing, Relevant, Profound, Must see

See it if you want to experience a brave, powerful play written by a refreshing voice for the theatre.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with nudity or facing the truth.

70
Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Predictable, Great acting

See it if You care most about powerful performances and topical issues -- in this case, the contested place of masculinity in America today.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with (male) full nudity and extremely frank sex talk, or prefer stories with a more complex or surprising plot.

61
Disappointing, Raunchy, Slow, Funny, Cliched

See it if You enjoy titilating theater and/or are curious about the porn industry

Don't see it if You like great writing

95
Raunchy, Provocative, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play about porn that's not watered down,not moralistic in tone,and often hilariously funny with a focus on the MALE actors

Don't see it if you can't wait almost half an hour for the promised male nudity, or if you can't handle seeing a play about the adult film industry

Also Yes, ladies and gentlemen: This is a play about the porn biz (or, "adu... Read more Read less


January 17th, 2017
"Provocative and patchy...Mr. Hardy has essentially written two plays: a Trump-era tragedy for Trevor, about a man’s losing his place in the world, and a cheeky comedy for Alice...For a long time, this twinning gives 'Mope' the unsettling tart-sweet flavor that distinguishes Mr. Hardy’s voice and...
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January 14th, 2017
"No one emerges unscathed from Hardy’s insightful new play—including the audience. What starts as a raunchy comedy about a pair of low-level porn-industry pals escalates into something darker and poignant...Effectively staged by Tolan...Hardy’s sly one-act seduces with raucous laughs, then slowly...
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January 26th, 2017
“A devastatingly relevant new play…Hardy brilliantly distills giant themes of toxic masculinity and waning privilege into the microcosm of porn…Every performer in the cast works to deepen the story…Tolan keeps all these themes flowing together through efficient staging and design…You wouldn't gue...
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January 18th, 2017
"For about two thirds of its running time, 'Mope' coasts on the skill of its talented cast, who make these inconsequential characters likable in spite of themselves...If the director, RJ Tolan, struggles a bit with the play's first half, he gets excellent work from his cast of new faces...'Mope' ...
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