MOPE NYC Reviews and Tickets

(32 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (32)

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58 Reviews | 5 Followers
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.

318 Reviews | 62 Followers
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

700 Reviews | 130 Followers
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

106 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

305 Reviews | 60 Followers
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.

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

239 Reviews | 33 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
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 makes you eager to hear more of it. But at a certain point, he gives up on uniting the genres, lurching instead toward an abrupt ending that doesn’t feel entirely earned."
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Time Out New York
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 shifts as tension builds within this sad, scary man...'Mope’s' sex talk and nudity aren’t what shock; the way it exposes our society’s just-below-the-surface fury is what truly jolts."
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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 guess from the play's smutty exterior, but Hardy has penned a 21st-century answer to John Steinbeck's ‘Of Mice and Men,’ that classic exposé of the elusive American dream.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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' isn't a total success, but Hardy clearly knows how to write blistering confrontations...I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing from him again, and soon."
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The Huffington Post
February 7th, 2017

"The play is never moralistic in tone. It’s also hilariously funny at times, but 'Mope' never panders to the audience with cheap jokes...All three leads...are excellent, with fully-fleshed characters and adept balances of comedic and dramatic skills...The secondary players, each of whom get their chance to shine in their own scenes, are equally superb...The dramatic effect of this hard-hitting, bold piece will stay with the audience long after the money shot."
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January 17th, 2017

"A hilarious and incisive deconstruction of toxic masculinity, this new play is sidesplittingly funny, until it is decidedly not. Hardy’s brilliant script soars in the hands of director RJ Tolan. The world is rich and clear. Characters deep and tangible. The story is gripping and though at a certain point the conclusion begins to feel inevitable, it does not feel predictable...The chemistry, timing, and ensemble work is stellar...This play is definitely one to catch before its short run ends."
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