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Precious Little Talent

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Disappointing, Resonant
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Critics
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Members
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29 reviews
 

Set in New York City and London, this drama explores the culture clash of American optimism with British cynicism, and how a tangled love story can sit somewhere in between.

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Joey’s got a first-class degree, 20K worth of debt, and works in a pub. Shunned by the world and rejected by her estranged father, she finds herself falling in love with an idealistic young American. 'Precious Little Talent' grapples with the desperation of transatlantic love, identity struggles in a tumultuous political climate, and the consequences of an aging population.

 

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Reviews (30)

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75
Avg Score

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Liz Daly's Culture Digest

"In addition to its poignant depiction of dementia, and its comic depiction of culture clash, the play also highlights the problems today’s recent grads have entering the workforce. At times it seems to want to take a political turn, but overall the play conveys how unsettled the world can easily become, and the consequences of our decision to share or not share our private struggles with others. All three actors give really fine performances...The play moves along, keeping you engaged." Full Review

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70
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy small community shows with good acting and a cute story line

Don't see it if you want to see a big production

79
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like good acting in a play with a serious message

Don't see it if you don't like plays that run 90 minutes no intermission, Can't do the steps up to the second floor

70
Confusing, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you like a love story between two 20 somethings; have a loved one dealing with dementia

Don't see it if a bit of a muddled storyline; was expecting more

61
Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you like seeing a work in progress. Greg Mulvaney makes a real character out of an under-written role. His acting seems effortless.

Don't see it if If too much business by male lead makes you nervous.

68
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, This jumbled mess combines a cynical girl/idealistic boy failed love story with old age dementia on the side.

See it if A scrambled and depressing story about unhappy people losing their dreams is your idea of an enjoyable night of theater

Don't see it if Like me, you want some lively wit and sharp dialogue to lessen the gloom. Not much of it here.

97
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you enjoy poignant, realistic, unabashed examination of man/woman and father/daughter relationships, drawing strength/love from challenges.

Don't see it if you lack patience to sit through awkward 1st scene + 70 more good minutes without interval to reveal exquisitely lovely, touching portrayal.

Also Greg Mullavey turns in an emotional, energetic, real performance worth... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Well acted, Unfocused, Unfullfilled promise, Draggy middle

See it if you love romantic dramedies. PLT has some sweet moments and appealing actors. But the script betrays its early promise, becoming a muddle.

Don't see it if you want insights. PLT glides on the surface; many plot points are nonsensical. Some exchanges repeat/annoy. Opening scenes shine.

Also The worst speech was the old man's in which he asserts that men are "m... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Relevant, Romantic, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a nice performance in a small space used very well. You want to see some good acting.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a story about a man with early onset dimentia and how he wanted to keep that from his daughter.

77
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy the struggle of distant love, both in relationship and miles, presented with the challenges in our society today.

Don't see it if you are not prepared for quick action or have difficulty hearing a soft, accented voice when the background music is playing.

79
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like unusual romantic dramedy's with a small cast.

Don't see it if you like happy and fully explained endings

68
Pointless, Absorbing, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a show that is well acted and engaging, characters you want to know more about (though all too familiar) then poof-the end.

Don't see it if You hate plays that don’t seem to have any point. There is no arc. No character learns or changes or teaches or even has any fun.

65
Clever, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing a small cast of good actors in a nice small space.

Don't see it if you need your ending to be clean.

Also Seems like playwrights have a very tuff time ending plays lately. Over... Read more Read less

66
Slow, Dated

See it if You love Greg Mullavey and have never seen him on stage before as he's the evenings one bright spot.

Don't see it if You're looking for an interesting piece of theater.

78
Quirky, Entertaining, Good acting

See it if you want to see a quirky character drama in which worlds collide culturally and personally, staged in a worn-in and unexpected theatre space

Don't see it if you've had enough of the smitten boy meets troubled/lost girl story line. Or if the topic of dementia is too raw or close to home for you.

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy finely drawn characters enacted by skilled actors. You enjoy an occasional poetic monologue.

Don't see it if You want a story that's all tied up in a neat package. You need a lot of action.

Also Although I grasped the underlying metaphor what interested me the most... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see an engaging story of an optimistic and a pessimist. The dialogue kept me interested. Nice, simple staging.

Don't see it if you want a happily ever after or you want your staging very dense.

Also The stage is inside a church - it feels like the room was a chapel at ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like seeing theatre that explores complex relationships and incurable brain diseases that really hook you into the world of the play.

Don't see it if You’re emotionally triggered by seeing those suffer with dementia. Or if you can’t stand not having perfect closure at the end of the play.

Also Great acting in the show overall. The direction of the play was very w... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want a well acted play that doesn't have a very good ending.

Don't see it if You want a large complicated staged drama.

69
Ambitious, Banal, A bit trite, Nice acting, Not particularly edifying

See it if You're curious to see a translatlantic work by a young British playwright which is nicely acted and directed but somehow misses its mark

Don't see it if You are not theatrically adventurous and expect only the tightest and most affecting storytelling

72
Great acting, Banal, Great staging

See it if you like fine acting, especially from Greg Mullavey as a man with dementia

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays about the cultural differences between USA and England. (and bring a fan--it's very warm!)

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like clever,new theatre that really hits the mark with set,costume,story telling . The main actors were incredible . Really great play!

Don't see it if You don't want to see new theatre with fresh talented actors that will take broadway by storm!

57
Banal, Cliched

See it if you enjoy good acting, interesting staging.

Don't see it if don't like plays that give you the gnawing feeling you've seen them before.

70
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to encourage young enterprising talent.

Don't see it if You have no interest in process or budding potential.

Also British playwright, Ella Hickson has written an ambitious little play ... Read more Read less

79
Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like quirky, British (English) humor and some heartwrenching moments with fine actors.

Don't see it if You don't like romantic dramedies.

100
Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You have ever loved someone even if it might not work

Don't see it if You're boring