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New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Overheard at Joe’s

From 2 critic and 58 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious

About the show

Set in a local bar, in this interactive, improvisational, theatre experience the bartender and six improv actors embedded in the crowd create an evening of entertainment. Featuring a live musical guest at every performance. More…

A different show every night, the audience is guided through the evening by the bartender who facilitates a comic and topical conversation based on the makeup of the audience. Because any good bar thrives on the live performances of talented musicians, 'Joe’s' has featured unique musical performances during each show – culling from local talent as well as nationally recognized bands.

1h 30m | Already closed | McHale's Bar and Grill (Midtown W)

Front Mezz Junkies

“Inventive...This interactive barroom chat of a show showcases a rotating roster of special musical guest...Although the dialogue sometimes feels forced or gets stalled, this talented crew of actors nudge it back on track and do their best to keep the drink-fueled conversation flowing...A fun and memorable night, something unique and surprising, and even with the unsettling tantrum that happened as the show strutted its way to the end, one that I had a hard time shaking off.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Performance art is reinvented over a cheese-bacon burger or beer...The bar with striking colored windows and beautiful wooded portals never really heats up. In fact, the improvisation has a loose format; it’s is so light, you almost don’t know it’s happening. There are no strong gestures until Shelly peels out...Her stomp-through includes a diatribe against the government, looking like really cool performance art.” Full Review

During previews
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if if you like social events at a bar that make you actually communicate with people

Don't see it if if you are anti social and only like texting

During previews
A fantastic forum for creating dialogue which is needed now more than ever.

See it if You like shows presented in non traditional venues, involving the audience, with great music.

Don't see it if You want a Broadway spectacle.

During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to engage with ordinary people about relatively ordinary things in a warm, funny atmosphere. Unexpectedly moving. Great music too!

Don't see it if you want a conventional plot in a conventional setting. There's a lot of humanity to be found here, but not a lot narrative drive.

Also I caught the first preview and the cast are still finding their feet, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are open to engaging in an evening where the discussion could go in a million different directions.

Don't see it if You crave a structured evening of theater with a consistent plot.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like engaging in dialogue with strangers in a beautiful bar setting.

Don't see it if you are looking for a scripted evening or even improv.

Also It is an open forum whose only rules are to be civil. Discussions roam... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like Cheers and having a good time and a few laughs...then this is the place you want to be. where everybody knows your name.

Don't see it if not interested in group of people having a few drinks and having a pleasant conversation with a good music...then maybe stay in that night.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy audience participation in a social setting.

Don't see it if You do not like improv.

During previews
Hopeful, Conversation as entertainment, Still workin out kinks, More audience brings more takeaway, Audience participation experience

See it if want chance 2 be part of discussion of ideas, want 2 share, get 2 drink in amiable atmosphere, want some meaning in your entertainment

Don't see it if don't want 2 share, believe barrooms R 4 drinking only, expect performers 2 do all work, audience participation scares U,

During previews
Insightful, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You enjoy participating in a lively discussion. This felt more like a guided discussion than theatre so you get more when you speak up.

Don't see it if You don’t like immersive theatre or participation.

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy being in the middle of the show. You are comfortable interacting with strangers. You like thoughtful, philosophical work.

Don't see it if You want to be passively entertained.

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like to be immersed in a performance Tha it's written right there with everyone in the bar with relevant matters.

Don't see it if Prefer to be only an out of the conversation.

Also Great atmosphere, all set to incurage a good conversation in a good ba... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Fun to be in immersive experience and I like improv. Good for a change of pace and something new. Musical performer Shelly was entertaining

Don't see it if You have no patience for an impromptu story evolving and don’t want to hear from fellow audience members. This group will improve over time.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Quirky, Slow, Great staging

See it if You enjoy being in an intimate setting and included in the action.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy being part of an interactive theatre production in a small space.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Engaging

See it if you want to experience something different and have an interest in participating in (or observing) what's really a facilitated conversation.

Don't see it if you want a standard show. The success of this concept is completely reliant on those who participate, and their level/depth of engagement.

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you like improv, unusual theatre spaces, or are a "participator"

Don't see it if you prefer theatre with a narrative, you're the kind of person who dreaded being called on in class

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like to be part of the "action" and like to express your opinions in front of strangers.

Don't see it if you like to passively enjoy your theater.

Also Drink specials!

During previews
Entertaining, Engaging, Immersive, Interesting concept, Audience-dependant

See it if you want to be part of a conversation in a bar w/strangers and discuss mostly non-cerebral ideas concerning daily life in the city.

Don't see it if you don't want to participate. [Unlike any immersive show I know, this one's completely dependant on audience interest & involvement.]

Also The night I went, most of the audience was involved, engaged and inter... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You're ready to participate in a wide-raging discussion with a sort-of story thrown in.

Don't see it if You demand an experience that sticks to a script.

During previews
Boring, Slow

See it if you want to pay to feel like you are sitting in a bar talking to people you would never otherwise talk to or forced to people watch.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation

Also The show depends on the audience. I found it a bit boring and slow. I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if If you are into Improv and want to be a part of the action, go see it—but don't order food or drinks unless you have deep pockets.

Don't see it if You want a straight story line or roomy seats.

During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You talk to your local bartender and seek his advice

Don't see it if Aimless conversation bores you

During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Banal, Slow

See it if You like to be on the spot

Don't see it if You expect yo be transformed by the experience...

During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Quirky, Cliched, Dated

See it if you enjoy immersing and participating in improvisational theatre and don’t mind plotless interactions, disjointed, loose end conversations

Don't see it if you prefer scripted plots, character arcs, audible dialog, traditional staging, or musicals/larger casts, and less audience participation

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if If you are open to interactive theater that discusses current events.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a more traditional theater experience.

During previews
Quirky, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like an excellent singer on a guitar(if Shelly performs), you like to hear some profound views by the audience and diverse views.

Don't see it if because it isn't mentioned in a discussion of adultery that the uninvolved spouse of an adulterous couple is unknowlingly exposed to STD's

Cast & Creatives (10)