See it if you enjoy quartet harmonies w clever lyrics. AB is silly AND smart. Slightly annoying at outset, it keeps getting better. You'll laugh.
Don't see it if gender bending bothers you, or you only enjoy dramas. Almost no set, but well-used props, good lighting. Talented pianist. High energy.
See it if This was a hoot. Silly yet absorbing story with original barbershop music and lots of puns. Four delightful actors in multiple roles.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy goofiness on stage without a serious theme. You don't like barbershop music. Small theater w/minimal staging.
"'The Apple Boys' is a surprisingly entertaining tall tale that makes excellent use of this uniquely American art form. The talented and hard-working cast brings to life 40 characters from turn-of-the-last-century New York, often without catching a breath. The musical is also a valentine to the Big Apple from Coney Island to Central Park and with its references to many famous New Yorkers. At a swift 80 minutes…a most diverting musical evening in the theater."
"It’s an incredibly well-designed experience. Like pocket cabaret, it has elements of surprise and comedic bits. However, it’s so complete in form. Direction by David Alpert makes great use of the space...While the device of getting to the big show is common, it’s largely successful. The story is so persuasive, It might even make the most jaded New Yorker nostalgic...It’s a thoroughly enjoyable 75 minutes."
“A delightful little musical...Don’t look for cohesive musical storytelling here; ‘The Apple Boys’ is more of a vaudeville, a vehicle for silliness, quick changes, and most of all, an optimistic spirit that’s noticeably scarce in 2018. They provide giggles right off...The writing’s good but not great, the songs are tremendous fun...but not memorable...As absurdity piles on absurdity, we just give in. Puns, slapstick, exploitation of old showbiz tropes—and it’s all happy-making.”