The Dudleys!
Closed 2h 10m
The Dudleys!
75

The Dudleys! NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
74%
Mixed
20%
Negative
6%
Members say
Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

About the Show

Loading Dock Theatre presents Leegrid Stevens' comedy, in which a family's memories are brought to life as a malfunctioning 8-bit video game.

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Member Reviews (35)

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70
Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Clever, Uneven

See it if you don't mind being editor in your head. There's a good 90 minute play in this 2hr 15 min presentation. Clever idea needs better execution.

Don't see it if you've never played an Atari or Gameboy or at least know what one is. Or if you just can't stand another theatre as therapy for playwright.

85
Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want a unique take on the classic family drama. You want an emotional experience. You like technology used for storytelling.

Don't see it if You want a compact, spare story: the show could've been edited better. You don't like technology mixed w/storytelling.

45
Ambitious, Confusing, Interesting staging, Overrated, One dimensional

See it if You know someone in the cast or can ignore an inane story for an interesting staging. The characters or one dimensional and annoying.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained by a good story and good acting, without waiting two hours for a confusing jumble to come together into something

85
Mormonfamily+undead in video game, Great use of video & choreography, Excellent cast, Familyvalues & grieving explored, Needs trimming

See it if you want a visually explosive, thought provoking journey into video gaming land with a game cast, excellent design & capable direction

Don't see it if you don't care for video games or have no knowledge of their worlds, 1/2 the joy of this piece is recognizing the references

69
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Too long, Quirky

See it if You enjoy risk taking theater and original ideas well presented and entertaining.

Don't see it if You can't sit through over two hours of a good idea that becomes repetitious.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You explore complex familial relationships as they develop over time and appreciate novel, ingenious staging and competent execution.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, cannot devote two hours to watch a show, or do not enjoy musicals or understand Nintendo or video games.

92
Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like clever usage of projections and animation. You like seemingly biographical pieces exploring family and grief.

Don't see it if You're frustrated when you can't hear lyrics or don't have any familiarity with video games.

60
Clever, Great acting, Original, Gratuitous description of horrific animal cruelty

See it if If you are interested in a clever depiction of a family drama and can get past a extremely disgusting description of animal cruelty.

Don't see it if You can't handle descriptions of animal violence. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
October 12th, 2016

"Visually, the production offers plenty of diversion...But the wobbly plot doesn’t really go anywhere; it’s more a series of disconnected scenes, featuring characters who aren’t really much more realistically textured than the figures in video games...All the actors have fun with their roles under the direction of Jacob Titus and Mr. Stevens...The play itself, strenuously madcap but with minimal emotional underpinning, didn’t score many points with me."
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Theatre is Easy
October 14th, 2016

"With amazing design but unfocused storytelling, 'The Dudleys!' is a flawed show built on a great premise...The show is at its best when it is featuring the imaginative animated scenes and offering opportunities for the actors to interact with textures and ideas in creative, clever ways...The story is all over the place...Narrative moments appear, as well as more flattened archetypal character threads, but unfortunately, they never really come together to form any coherent whole."
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Theater In The Now
October 14th, 2016

"'The Dudleys' is unique in execution but lacks a strong, cohesive story to carry the audience on a two-hour journey...The draw of this play is the unique visuals created by the skilled creative team...It was a daring production to say the least. Perhaps it was the lack of connection to the material that caused the audience to not get on board for the ride. When the audience is unsure of whether to clap or not at the intermission break, it’s a warning sign that something isn’t working."
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New York Theatre Review
October 21st, 2016

"There was a disconnect between the gestalt of the show, and the story it was telling, a disconnect that, as impressed as I was by the direction, design, and performances, left me wanting a little bit more...The design of this play, it must be stressed, is quite amazing...It was just a play, albeit one with great projections. And as a play, the script doesn’t live up to the creators' attempt to put an immersive world on stage. "
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Medium
October 13th, 2016

"The acting, music, and plot all stood their ground next to the primary-colored landscape, and somewhere gelled perfectly...The play is not perfect. The first act should be 20 minutes shorter. My companion felt that the ending was almost too perfect. But I ate it up like a horse being given a jewel-tone sugar cube...The whole family and ensemble were lovely and engaging in their own ways but the two brothers at the center of the story were the winners of the night for me."
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