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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Entertaining, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious
66
Avg Score

During previews
100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

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
90
Clever, Delightful, Funny, 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
65
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
43
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You enjoy being a part of the show, enjoy a poorly improvised show.

Don't see it if You think it will be clever and funny.

Also The problem with the show is the host. He’s just not good. There was a... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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
76
Ambitious, Quirky, Great staging, Edgy, Slow

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
94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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
69
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
52
Disappointing

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
70
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
89
Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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

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

During previews
58
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
77
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

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
30
Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You don't want to sit alone at a bar

Don't see it if You have anything better to do

Also I dislike giving bad reviews since performers work so hard, however, I... Read more Read less

During previews
57
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 ....it 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
61
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
50
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
65
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
66
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
20
Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow, Lazy

See it if - You want happy hour prices at a very expensive bar.

Don't see it if - You want to participate in a dialogue about real things. - You don't like performers planted in the audience. (They are among you!)

Also In the very beginning, Joe explains that he wants this show to be like... Read more Read less

During previews
68
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
23
Slow, Insipid, Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you need to entertain your "Uncle Chad" from Nebraska who thinks the idea of men waxing their body hair is height of hilarity.

Don't see it if you ever have interesting discussions with your friends in real life, and you know what honest, intelligent banter is supposed to sound like

Also They started the show by asking for a "brave volunteer who thinks they... Read more Read less

During previews
69
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
73
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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
56
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.


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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