Closed 1h 20m
Stage Life
Midtown W
60

Stage Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

60%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
27%
Mixed
60%
Negative
13%
Members say
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent

About the Show

Creative Arts Lab presents a tapestry of contemporary and classic short stories, letters, comic and dramatic pieces, and reminiscences – imaginatively adapted for the stage.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (15)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
74
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like a show about the theater and many aspects of actors' lives in the theater. A couple of story plots interwoven between famous quotes

Don't see it if you like a play with a plot. Read more

63
Dated. so, so dated., Tries very hard to please, Disappointing

See it if You love the subject so much that a series of theatre vignette/sketch pieces by hard-working cast would delight, even if the script is weak.

Don't see it if You don't like 90-mins, no intermission, or you expect much of a plot. This work is cliched, painful at times- only a few scenes work well. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

May 31st, 2018

β€œAn ode not only to the actor, but anyone who has ever been inspired by the theater to make it their life's work...Theater in its truest, diverse and most appreciated form...A classy, humble and entertaining piece of theater that outlines moments in time that portray the theater as something wonderful but daunting, comical yet serious all the while...The cast really does a great job with this production, as their talent, versatility and enthusiasm is all clearly palpable.”
Read more

June 1st, 2018

"As conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel, 'Stage Life' is too ambitious by half. While it attempts to demonstrate its title by quoting from playwrights, actors, directors, producers, teachers, critics, et al.--and all in 90 minutes--it just keeps jumping around all over the place, without finding any focus nor rhyme or reason to the sequence of the quotes. Though some of the quoted practitioners are familiar--such as Sanford Meisner, David Belasco, and Konstantin Stanislavski--many are not."
Read more

M
May 29th, 2018

"'Stage Life' is an ambitious and intelligent gambit...While often insightfully razor-sharp to the angsts and misgivings that congeal into a theatrical performance, it was oftentimes clotted by its own cleverness...The one act, 90-minute play packed a lot of punch in what felt like a sparring match with multiple rounds. Some of the jabs connected with more impact than others...I choose to praise the outweighed fragmented scenes that succeed rather than knock the play with its flaws."
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

Score it Buy
Unreviewed
Opens Jun 22
NYC: West Village

Seven world premiere short plays by seven well-known playwrights in NYC's Meatpacking District.

Buy
88
Excellent
47 Reviews
Opens Dec 20
NYC: Midtown W

A hit in London, Sondheim's classic musical (with a new twist), stars Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone.

Buy
Score it Buy
Unreviewed
Opens Oct 21
NYC: Midtown W

Winnie the Pooh and friends embark on fun adventures, in this new musical with life-size puppets.

Buy