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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Dizzying, Overrated

See it if You like to speak up and be part of the script

Don't see it if Don’t like improv

Also There was no plot and you didn’t know when the “show” actually started... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Clever, Funny, Quirky, 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

See it if you like listening to others talk about their feelings & want to chime in.

Don't see it if you expect a "regular" show. IMO, this really wasn't a show, just people talking in a bar.

During previews
Dependent on a good audience, Not funny, Disappointing

See it if you are with a big crowd for a party, if you like to participate in the show

Don't see it if you would like to sit back and see a comedy

Also I was excited to attend "Overheard at Joe's", its a great concept - it... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Dizzying

See it if I thought this show was at most just ok. I didnt feel like i was at a show. I know it was improv, but was at the best boring. Im sure

Don't see it if You dont like improv shows.

Also There would be people that would like this show. Maybe im not used to ... Read more Read less

During previews
Underwhelmed at joe's. characters were shallow and not that interesting

See it if You enjoy interactive shows that you do not have to participate

Don't see it if You do not like pub environments

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Cliched

See it if You enjoy being a part of the show, and don't mind the cast randomly asking you questions about dating issues that you can relate to.

Don't see it if You are expecting something mind-blowing with a refined plotline, don't expect that from an improv show.

Also I guess it is the expected situation when you walk into a not-too-crow... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You want a little something different from your visit to a Midtown tourist bar

Don't see it if You want your theater experience to include narrative or conflict - even for an immersive show, it’s particularly slight here.

Also The show tries to say something interesting about human connection and... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky

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

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
Confusing, Ambitious, 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
Slow, Quirky, Intense, Confusing, Banal

See it if You enjoy hearing people you don’t know talk about things you may or may not care about.

Don't see it if You aren’t open to non-traditional forms of theatre.

During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want an unscripted, improvised experience, if you don’t mind a lot of profanity, if you like staged conflicts & psychological issues.

Don't see it if You want a thoughtful conversation about subjects like love, life, insecurity, confidence, stereotypes and the human condition.

Also It was almost impossible to see the actors and musicians from the back... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Like Fun and quirky. Sorta felt like a therapy session at times. Acting and music was good.this is not your traditional theatre setting

Don't see it if You don't like bad language, don't like interactive theatre.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Boring, Overrated

See it if If you like therapy sessions! It felt like psychology 101. You want to hear other people yell over each other.

Don't see it if You want a fun evening out! The topics were boring, the improv felt forced.

Also The way the *show* started should have been a preview of the entire 1.... Read more Read less

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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