New York | 1h 30m | Open run

Rule of 7x7

From 11 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful

About the show

The Tank presents an ongoing series that premieres 7 brand-new 10 minute plays by 7 different writers; includes a free beer with admission. More…

7 rules. 7 writers. 7 new plays. 1 free beer. Every other month. For each show, every playwright comes up with one rule, then the 7 playwrights create new plays using all 7 rules. Rules can be general (i.e. "Pants") or specific ("Page one must include a back-handed compliment followed by ten seconds of silence.") Each time you come to 'Rule Of', you'll see different plays with different rules by different writers. And you'll always get a beer on the house.​

1h 30m | Open run | The Tank (Midtown W)

Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"The quality of the work is uniformly strong. The actors are confident, well-rehearsed and skilled at blending farce with poignancy. The directors make adroit use of minimal materials to swiftly create the disparate narrative worlds of the different plays...'Rule of 7 X 7' is a deal that can’t be beat." Full Review

Cassiope Sydoriak

“Led by the incomparable Brett Epstein. Every two months, he calls upon 7 playwrights to contribute a ‘rule’...The ‘Rule of 7x7’ plays are some of the most experimental, fun, joyous, and bizarre works that happen on a regular basis...No two plays are the same. Some are funny, some have made me cry, some make absolutely no sense at all. What they all have in common is boundaries, and even this is a porous barrier." Full Review


"‘Rule of 7x7’ is one of our favorite events in Manhattan…The price for attending makes this a no-brainer: $12 includes a free beer from the concession stand. And the plays are usually very funny—and really, really good. Incredibly good, considering the short time they have to throw them together!" Full Review

My Entertainment World

"Of the seven theatrical ventures featured on the night that I visited, three were brilliant and sharply written pieces that frequently had the audience roaring with laughter. Only two failed to blossom into fully-formed concepts...'Rule of 7×7' combines the best of theatrical entertainment and improvisational art to create a rousing, and often riotous, evening that showcases diverse, young talent in New York City." Full Review

James Armstrong, Playwright

"Epstein hosts the series, which takes seven playwrights and asks each writer to write one rule all the plays must follow...The rules help free up imaginations to conceive some wonderfully funny and sometimes surprisingly touching moments. Rachael Mason's 'Funny Seeing You Here,' was probably the best...By the time the audience sees a flashback to what the two characters did earlier, they are practically rolling in the aisles with laughter." Full Review

Off Off Online

"The constrictions of '7x7' beget an array of short plays that are both relevant and ephemeral. The very short time frame ensures that playwrights can draw from the timeliest material...The flip side of '7x7’s' time frame is that some plays and performances will lack the polish of more rehearsed off-Broadway productions...For folks that enjoy improv shows or other experimental theater, '7x7' will be a welcome departure from the finished product of traditionally staged plays." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Rule of 7x7' is not just a show, it is a party, or rather a novel idea executed extremely well. There is the volatility of not knowing what to expect with a new set of playwrights, but the price is right at $12 including a free beer. Give it a try. Good luck 'Rule of 7x7.' The audience loves you!" Full Review

Review Fix

for a previous production “'Rule of 7×7' is one of the unique theatre experiences you can have in New York City at The Tank, a non-profit home for the arts...Following the eight rules, add an all too funny cast, and witty writing, it’s an electrifying comedic experience...With each rule added in the plays, there is no shortage of entertainment in each play and it’s sure to make a lasting impression." Full Review

Theater In The Now

for a previous production "With the wackiness of the rules came 7 drastically different plays. But the fun is when the audience picked up on them. While some were clearer than others, when they were present, the reactions were pleasant... 'Rule of 7x7' is a celebration of talent and fun brought to life by a group of friends. With a free beer with every ticket, you’re bound to enjoy your time." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "When you take your seat at The Tank for 'Rule of 7x7,' an evening of seven new plays each following the same seven rules, you may think you overstepped the theater and stumbled into a reunion for an extremely large and unusually loving family... Stick around. The lights do come down and what you get is an evening often outright funny, always clever, and occasionally touching." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Each of the plays could have benefited from more rehearsal. Sometimes, the actors focused more on performing rather than reacting to their scene partners. The relationships between characters didn’t always resonate. The stars of the night were definitely the playwrights, each of whom penned stories that ranged from funny to thought-provoking to moving to downright wacky. If you haven’t made your way to check out the series yet, you should." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Clever, Funny, Masterful

See it if you series of genre-spanning short plays that follow a set of rules or you want to see new playwrights like Brett Epstein or Braden Marks

Don't see it if you don't like very short plays or only like to see shows with high production values--these plays are often brilliant, but done on a budget

Relevant, Fun, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like new work and want to support new talent and when the content changes every 10 minutes so it's almost impossible not engaged

Don't see it if you expect a full length play you don't like new work

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You want a fun theatrical event where anything can happen and rules are meant to never be the same!

Don't see it if You want a structured, fluid night of theatre. 7X7 is meant to be a work out and fun for all & Brett does a great job leading this!

Clever, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you like short plays with funny 'rules' that run throughout each; Good young writers and actors.

Don't see it if you want a more polished production with older experienced actors

Clever, Edgy, Funny

See it if you have a short attention span or you like seeing new pieces & are willing to see hits & misses

Don't see it if you can't stand to watch misses to see little gems

Also every show is a new set, some good some less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like going into things blind.

Don't see it if you're expecting masterpieces.

Great writing

See it if you enjoy 10-minute plays and thinking about ideas in themes.

Don't see it if you want to see something more developed. Also the Management & House Staff at The Tank are incredibly rude.

Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You love supporting emerging artists, enjoy short play festivals, like to laugh, and enjoy a more casual atmosphere.

Don't see it if you're looking for high-budgeted productions

Dated, Entertaining, Slow, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want to see original content.

Don't see it if You don't like dated older shows.

Clever, Funny, Original, Creative, Casual

See it if You like new work, sketch comedy, supporting young artists, drinking beer in the theater, and if you like the "Serials" series at the Flea.

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional Broadway theater experience.

Ambitious, Epic, Intense, Quirky

See it if you want something upbeat

Don't see it if you want something calming and deep

Cast & Creatives (3)