Part of New York Musical Theatre Festival, billed as "theater for men who hate theater," explores manhood and all its responsibilities using puppets and song. More…
Get real and get ready for an original adult musical comedy about real men behaving like...well..real men. It's a madcap, musical romp through manhood, shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. 'Real Men' make a habit of juggling their balls every day: fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality...and the lack of it. 'Real Men' answers the one pertinent question on everyone's mind, "Do real men sing and play with puppets?"
for a previous production "Zip, zip scenes that fly by, ending too quickly it seems, but don't worry, here's the next one and it's just as good. Hey, I enjoyed this show, all two hours plus an intermission, and so did most everyone else judging by the raving standing O...I confess I like silly, and there's a lot of that going on here, but it's clever silly and that's just great. As they say in the business: 'This show's got legs.'" Full Review
for a previous production "Stereotypes aside, the guys turned what could have been a cheesy, sexist disaster into a brilliant comedic performance. In sketch after sketch, they deliver harmonies, slapstick, and physical comedy while managing to instill manly life lessons to both the guys and gals in the audience. As silly as the trio gets, there are heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout the production." Full Review
for a previous production "'Real Men' is a goofy, spoofy hoot that may have seemed all the funnier because, in full disclosure, I am a real man who regularly sings show tunes in the car and would play with puppets if I had any...'Real Men' is light, bubbly summer fare, but it has a polish and a consistency that its forebears haven’t had. Yes, it runs about 10 minutes too long, but even the weaker material that could be easily sliced away is still stronger than its competitors." Full Review
for a previous production "Appeals to both sexes with clever rhymes, well-timed skits and the occasional shocking curveball. Built as a standard musical theatre revue, the expected loose framework of a plot does what it needs to do...To add to the written humor, the nonsensical world of puppetry brings a whole new level of ridiculousness...his fun, light-hearted night of musical bro humor shouldn't be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Think of the sketch-driven 'Real Men Sing Show Tunes' as an episode of 'Saturday Night Live' in which practically all the sketches work...Oh, yes, 'Real Men Sing Show Tunes' can be crude. The tease, 'Although puppetry is featured in this production, this risqué and witty musical is not suitable for children…only the childish and immature,' applies — except when it doesn’t. This canny trio slips in a poignant, thoughtful moment in the second act." Full Review
for a previous production "In between all the laughter, the audience was nearly brought to tears in 'A Real Man,' a poignant salute to the fathers who served as our role models that closed with projections of the actors’ own dads...The show would also benefit from some editing. Despite a nice variety of musical genres, the 25-plus songs tend to run together over the two-hour show. The creators would also be wise to focus on one of the story-telling motifs to move the show along more expeditiously." Full Review