The Cleaning Guy (FringeNYC)
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The Cleaning Guy (FringeNYC)
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The Cleaning Guy (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
9%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Original

About the Show

A FringeNYC Encore: Emerging Artists presents the hilarious journey of one man's dealings with the dirty secrets of NYC apartment dwellers.

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Member Reviews (35)

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754 Reviews | 124 Followers
90
Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Resonant, Edgy

See it if you like funny thought provoking solo shows with singing. I am still considering how we all have life secrets hidden in our homes.

Don't see it if you need a lot of plot. This is a series of vignettes where the characters are acted out as well as being commented on by the performer.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
83
Original, Funny, Quirky, Moving, Entertaining

See it if You want a sincere, mostly humorous, memoir told through song. You enjoy hearing personal anecdotes.

Don't see it if You're expecting a show that's 100% comedy-the show takes a dramatic turn. You want a show with big production elements.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
81
Clever, Intelligent

See it if You want to hear the poignant and also funny stories of the people that he cleans for. Also musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows. But this is an hour and it flies by

335 Reviews | 71 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Profound, Riveting

See it if You want to go from the ordinary to the profound in less than 2 hours. This piece was a complete delight--funny, moving, and made me happy!

Don't see it if You don't like surprises, don't need affirmation that your apartment is not a total mess, don't want to support a decent, heart-warming show

303 Reviews | 84 Followers
85
Entertaining, Funny, Poignant, Engaging, Truthful

See it if you'd like a wonderfully delivered one man show revealing what we keep behind closed doors, both physically & psychologically

Don't see it if you can't deal with 'gay' references or graphic descriptions of hoarding & clutter

209 Reviews | 89 Followers
75
Entertaining, Funny

See it if hilarious,fun,perceptive and witty.THE CLEANING GUY brings fresh insights about his job with unique musical numbers, and humor. .see it!

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

167 Reviews | 25 Followers
67
Funny, Original, Clever

See it if bittersweet stories about people from normal to the mental or emotional shock; it is the best pep talk to make you want to clean your house

Don't see it if you lack sense of humor

157 Reviews | 29 Followers
82
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if You would enjoy a one man show that relates the experiences of a cleaning man with jokes, song, and heart!

Don't see it if You are not into one man shows or are expecting something glitzy.

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
August 17th, 2016
For a previous production

"Just as Adams can't help getting emotionally involved in his clients' lives, I too felt gripped by the stories in his one-man show. It's fun watching this polite Midwesterner help tidy up for New Yorkers, all the while giving wonderful impressions of his former clients…It's littered with interesting vignettes of people who struggle with their living spaces...Most poignantly, the sadness of losing clients to disease and death really stands out...Some stories need to be shared on a stage."
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Front Row Center
August 16th, 2016
For a previous production

"There is the potential for poignancy here, and moments when Adams almost manages the keen trick of having the audience see themselves in the people he worked for, but the parade of wacky characters tends to march off with the focus. Adams’ stage presence is not quite as glowing as his floors…He sometimes struggled to remember his lines which, if it’s your own life story you’re telling, is especially distracting."
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T
August 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"Most of his stories are interesting, ranging from comedy to heartfelt drama...Though some slightly miss the mark, it is of no concern, since he writes about what he knows and has experienced in this sometimes bizarre occupation. It is the first thirty or so minutes of the show that sometimes feel repetitious. But then the performance suddenly takes off and starts to fly...It is a well-constructed piece of theater that can only improve with time and tightening the script to an hour."
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