Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Overheard at Joe’s

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, 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)

Member Reviews (58)


Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious
Avg Score

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

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

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
Ambitious, Dated, Great music, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like the idea of bar conversation & meeting a variety of characters. You like immersive theatre. You want to hear great music.

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary immersive theatre: this felt like Tony & Tina. You want natural interactions: this was stilted & over-stagy.

Also The show description says it wants to encourage conversation. The set-... Read more Read less

During previews
Conversation as entertainment, Still workin out kinks, Hopeful, 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
Dizzying, Dated, Absorbing, Quirky, Cliched

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, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, 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
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Overrated, Slow

See it if want to sit at the bar and grab some drinks specials while some conversations you may not care about go on behind you. If you like therapy.

Don't see it if you are expecting something funny and real improv. They rely on the audience too much, and the actors jokes were not funny.

Also Maybe it was that night that I saw it, but the 2 story lines they chos... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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, Funny, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

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
Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you like uninteresting people saying uninteresting things--bar culture fascinates you.

Don't see it if you want drama, intelligence, plot,

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like to sit in a bar&talk to other people on different topics (religion, family, insecurities etc). Audience Interaction makes it unique

Don't see it if You do not want put on the spot(audience participation is encouraged,not forced), you do not like bar setting,religious discussion offends u

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Engaging, Disappointing

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
Slow, Insipid, Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You want to be immersed in an audience interactive event. Subject matter is up in the air. An hour and a half of precious wasted time.

Don't see it if You are not into audience interactive shows!

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

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
Banal, Disappointing, Interesting idea, Good $5 beer

See it if you like awkward comedy that plays on people's insecurities, overstated. You like the platonic ideal of bar conversations.

Don't see it if you'd like the conversation to be particularly interesting or deep. Actor-improved spontaneous group conversation sounds great. This isn't.

During previews
Clever concept, Slow, Aimless, Banal

See it if Actors spotted around bar, interspersed with audience. Tries for free-wheeling bar talk, with actors seeding themes, creating conflict, etc.

Don't see it if Full of sound and fury. Some bright people, but subjects/characters of limited interest, awkward rants, uneven acting, goes nowhere.

During previews
Banal, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Insipid

See it if Ok with interactive performance. Ok with foul language without any context. Ok with public rap session that trivializes human experiences

Don't see it if Have any sense of propriety.

During previews
Interesting sentimental amusing unfocused

See it if You like mostly improvised shows in a casual bar setting. Especially if you enjoy participating in the performance.

Don't see it if You like a structured story without audience participation.

During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you really really enjoy improv, want to be involved, and don't mind a meandering melancholic evening at a bar

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatre piece, or have a low tolerance for mid-level improv, it feels like being back in class

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
Slow, Boring

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
Disappointing, Boring

See it if you're up for cheap drinks at a friendly bar. But don't expect much from the show. Embedded actors are obvious, the "conversation" forced.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a beer or a drink because without that there is no reason to attend this performance.

Also The oddball array of actors serving as conversation starters just does... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, 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
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Insipid

See it if You are a fan of amateur "therapy", and inter-active, pseudo -psychological performances. The best talkers were not the over the top plants.

Don't see it if You want a sharp, comic, improvisational show.

Also I enjoyed discovering McHales for dinner, drinks before a Broadway pla... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you think talking to strangers, most of whom are ringers, about topics only a college freshman might find profound this is a show for you

Don't see it if If you like genuine spontaneity or intelligent discussions about serious issues. You won’t find it here. Awkward and forced interaction.

May 22nd, 2018
“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 S...
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May 23rd, 2018
“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...
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