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New York | 1h 30m | Ends May 25

That Physics Show

From 10 critic and 118 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

Longtime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo shares his amazing "magic tricks" from the world of science. More…

Based on hundreds of experiments that are presented at conferences and in classrooms across the country, 'That Physics Show' features segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature, and many other scientific phenomena. Great for science lovers of all ages!

1h 30m | Ends May 25 | The Playroom Theater (Midtown W)

Lighting & Sound America

"David Maiullo is the science teacher of one's dreams--an affable, highly knowledgeable individual who makes each lesson an entertainment...It makes for a breezy, amusing, and informative 90 minutes, and I now know far more about physics than I ever did. All around me were young people who sat rapt as Maiullo presented stunt after stunt...If you have a budding scientist, this is the show for him or her; it might even stimulate the interest of that English or music major you've been nurturing." Full Review

Mommy Poppins

"An awesome and educational production...Some of the demos are so incredible you may feel like you're watching a magic show...Admittedly, 'That Physics Show' is mounted on a shoestring budget in a small black-box theater with prerecorded music...But Maiullo's infectious enthusiasm (this guy lives for science) and cool demos make up for the low production values." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"If there is one idea that this show underscores, it is that our world is so incredibly fascinating, we have only to discern it with new eyes. This production is Maiullo’s gift of physics to us. In his hands and interpretative demonstrations we gain a new appreciation of our 'reality,' which can be jaw dropping." Full Review

Says Me Says Mom

"'That Physics Show' doesn't have a story to it. It was a fun way to learn science...It was a good show. If you don't want to miss out on the fun, go see it before it closes." Full Review

The New York Times

"What Mr. Maiullo does onstage is still extremely cool...He dedicates his theater piece to demonstrating Newton’s laws, which operate every day, but rarely this theatrically...The most intriguing moments in 'That Physics Show,' however, are when Mr. Maiullo makes the invisible visible...Mr. Maiullo can go awfully fast himself, and occasionally I wished he had taken more time with his explanations. But, as he reminds you, there won’t be a test." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Dave Maiullo is part showman, part circus barker, and all physics enthusiast and keeps the stage in constant motion. He flows from one demonstration/experiment to another all without added theatrics that might be needed if the demonstrations/experiments were not so remarkable...It is tons of fun and ‘What the what' informative and you don’t need a 7-year-old or 6th grader to enjoy it, but if you happen to know any take them along." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'That Physics Show' purports to be 'physics not magic,' but don’t think this show won’t be exciting. Over an hour and half, Maiullo takes the all-ages audience on a sightseeing tour of the coolest physics tricks he knows...What the show will give you is an appreciation for the majesty of science...Though the explanations leave something to be desired, the physics demonstrations are spectacular." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"Although geared more towards young people—parents aside, at the matinee I attended the audience age range was from 6 to 16—this middle-aged critic was engaged throughout; a few seats away a lone man of pensionable age clapped and hopped with delight the whole show...Although from a theatrical standpoint the program could use more dramatic build, as a fun, educational experience for young and old 'That Physics Show' delivers." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Physics is important and physics can be fun — but an off-Broadway show, it isn’t...Maiullo pretends that his his geeky explosions and frenetic motion are meant to demonstrate several of the laws of physics, but he moves between the displays so quickly that he doesn’t end up connecting any dots...Adults will find 'That Physics Show' a bit unsatisfying, but kids will certainly amused by Maiullo’s exploits and maybe even learn a thing or two." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Perfect for children up to 12 or 13, but their parents will be bored to tears. This show is geared to be a touring kids' show, meant to be done at schools or bar mitzvahs rather than an off-Broadway theatre...Likable enough, [Dave Maiullo] does not have enough charisma to keep adults entertained for 90 minutes. He’s kind of like an overgrown Mr. Rogers...Directed and produced by Eric Krebs, kids will be entertained and possibly learn something." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy a show where you can learn a thing or two. It is also a family show with audience interaction and children will enjoy it as well.

Don't see it if you are not interested in science. The show may be too dry for you.

Funny, Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You love science and experiments

Don't see it if You are easily confused and don't like audience participation

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you want a family friendly, rowdy science demonstration show akin to a magic show but definitely rooted in science. Great for adults too.

Don't see it if You dont like noisy interactive shows with lots of kids; demonstration shows; your kids are younger or have attention issues.

Also My 7year old son loved it and insisted I give it a 100! Also, really i... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You love Science and want to really learn something Fascinating!!!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Science!

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like fun science and awesome demonstration of physics. Recommended for all ages..

Don't see it if You don't enjoy physics, also there is a couple of segments where there is loud noise but they tell you before that.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you didn't necesarily enjoy physics in high school, but have interest in how the world works. My 4 year old I loved the show. Captivating.

Don't see it if you have zero interest in life works.

Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Great show for all age groups. Also good for adults who want to brush up on their physics education

Don't see it if If you disliked learning physics, and dislike children in the audience

Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are curious about how things work, you want to be educated and entertained, if you have kids with you--or even if you don't!

Don't see it if You are looking for traditional theater storytelling--this is an experience more than a story!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love science and physics

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

Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if want to be blown away by a very cool presentation, kid friendly and adults will find very interesting

Don't see it if don't like show that teach and entertain at the same time. expect kids to get very involved in the experience

Ambitious, Edgy, Exquisite, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Honestly its a learning experience, we took children, they loved it. Enjoying the fascinating and amazing show of physics. Maybe one day

Don't see it if if you hate science

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Educational

See it if You want to take your kids to a show that will stimulate their interest in science

Don't see it if You have no interest in science

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you marvel at any of the mysteries of the universe or of everyday life

Don't see it if you're bored by everything

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like very clever, unusual science demonstrations with just a little explanation.

Don't see it if you are not into science at all.

Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun overview of the world of physics done with many intriguing experiments. Bring the whole family

Don't see it if if you don't want to be in a "Physics Class in school"

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You have kids and bring them or don't have kids; hated Physics in school but love to see the why if it all live and in person

Don't see it if Don't want to hear crying babies as people did come with them along with other small children

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if want to learn how physics relates to our everyday life.

Don't see it if you hate science.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love science and/or have kids

Don't see it if you want a luxury atmosphere

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you have a child in your life that is interested in science. very clever. somewhere between a magic show and the best science lab ever

Don't see it if you are looking for theater

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You always wanted to know how the laws of physics worked and why YOU can't pull a tablecloth off a table without breaking everything.

Don't see it if You want a structured show with a plot.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you want a down to earth explanation of science with fun tricks.

Don't see it if If you don’t like science type shows

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You have kids and like cool science experiments.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing different science experiments or if you don't like being in a room full of kids.

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that's funny, fun and you'll learn something too. Great for kids and adults.

Don't see it if You don't like kids. Plenty of them in the audience makes it more fun in my opinion but it's definitely on the rowdy side.

Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Informative

See it if you enjoy science experiments presented with excitement, & explaining the laws of physics. Want to see a show that is great 4 kids!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy science or are curious why things happen the way they do in nature. Or don't have children to bring to a science show

Also A great show for kids. It explains the principals behind many everyday... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if Are interested in the science of how things work but don't necessarily know as much about it as you would like.

Don't see it if I don't know who wouldn't enjoy this

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