The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
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The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein NYC Reviews and Tickets

(49 Ratings)
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Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

About the Show

Untitled Theater Company #61 presents an epic farce set at the fantasy wedding of Toklas and Stein, packed with Parisian expatriate notables of a century ago.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (49)

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393 Reviews | 101 Followers
Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, staging & costumes, Very relevant, Must see

See it if You’re up for an intelligent, well researched, intricately written, entertaining and incisive script performed by an intensely talented cast

Don't see it if You're unaware of the work or influence of Toklas, Stein, Hemingway and Picasso or The Lost Generation in Paris between the World Wars. Read more

70 Reviews | 15 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if loved the mixtures of characters - the references to historic fact - the players pretending to be other people - the free champagne - see it

Don't see it if you don't know who gertrude and alice are

105 Reviews | 58 Followers
Entertaining, Humorous (it's a farce), Clever, Imaginative, Idiosyncratic

See it if you like Gertrude Stein or witty writing. You like unconventional or slightly absurd shows.

Don't see it if you like strictly realistic theater or need a linear story line. You find 1920s American expats or "geniuses" self-indulgent or boring. Read more

181 Reviews | 39 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Creative, Unusual

See it if A challenge of a show with an unusual setup, requiring audience to pay attention and trust it's sort of wacky set up. V intelligent/witty~

Don't see it if You know or care nothing about the thriving literature salon scene Paris 1920, are looking for easy fare, or take issue with gay themed play

557 Reviews | 286 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see four gifted actors playing 30+ characters. These actors are a great ensemble!!!!

Don't see it if you have no idea who Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein are. Read more

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
Delightful, Great staging, Hilarious, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you are familiar with Gertrude Stein. This charming show uses her writing style to tell her story with lots of physical comedy and champagne

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional play with a plot that progresses logically.

524 Reviews | 134 Followers
Love and marriage by gertrude pretending to be alice pretending to be gertrude

See it if Hilarious visit to Gertrude & Alice's Paris salon with guests Picasso, Hemingway, Joyce, Whitehead, VanVechten. High absurdism in Stein talk

Don't see it if repetition throws you or non-linear plays confuse you. Fine acting. Intellectual silliness brought to new heights.

267 Reviews | 52 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Cerebral, but also funny and touching stories interest you. Great acting.

Don't see it if You can't take Gertrude Stein, or you don't like minimally stages shows or actors playing multiple roles.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
May 14th, 2017

"'Marriage' is a silly aural pleasure...Stein’s style also serves another purpose: as a marker for the ambiguity that a able to turn into a weapon against intimacy...Between semi-farcical scenes a quieter drama emerges...What makes the insight fresh in Einhorn’s play, despite the occasional amateurishness of its staging, is the absurdist language in which it’s told. And what makes it painful is the understanding that in every marriage, someone is the genius, someone not."
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May 19th, 2017

"The sort of thing that one chortles through from paragraph to paragraph while unraveling additional meanings until the final period lands...There is so much to slog through, with so little actually happening, that missing even a beat means losing five or twelve points...Thank goodness then for the vivid balls-to-the-walls acting...Though always clever, the proceedings risk becoming exhausting, particularly during the second act...Oh but that ending is a beauty."
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May 20th, 2017

“Einhorn directs his play with a flair for both comedy and complexity. Mia Katigbak stuns with her delivery as Gertrude Stein…Be prepared to be swept away, and suddenly confronted with complexities and philosophies that strike a nerve…The play leaves you breathless and spellbound…Fully realized by a brilliant cast, use of lighting, sound, and costuming…Theatre that needs to be seen, and a dance that needs to be experienced.”
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Theatre is Easy
May 16th, 2017

"A brilliant love letter for Stein and Toklas in the form of a whimsical, furiously funny, and ultimately profound play...Their story is told in a style of self-aware charm, endless pretense, and suspended beliefs...It will make you laugh, and then before you realize it, make you cry as well...The cast is superb. Katigbak and Simon have glorious chemistry...A perfect example of a harmonious co-existence of wild imagination, an excellent structure, and a strong central theme."
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Stage Buddy
May 25th, 2017

"The highly skilled actors commit passionately...Utterly riveting show. There is an eloquence forcing its way through the shiny surface of quick witticisms and wordy observations that brings meaning and gravitas to the play...Underlying the farcical, high-paced, cartoon-esque moments lie truth and depth, poignantly and subtly lingering as smoke. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, this love story that was, the marriage that should have been, is the play you must see."
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Blog Critics
May 17th, 2017

“Einhorn directs with stylized precision, while leaving flexibility for the portrayals…The actors hit their marks with marvelous, in-the-moment-truth...It is clear that they have invested full personal stakes in these portrayals, adding up, through Einhorn’s clever direction, to a masterwork that will not easily be forgotten...A lighthearted, whimsical, funny and yet incredibly profound examination of love, being, identity, and interconnected consciousness.”
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HiLow Brow
May 22nd, 2017

"Stein is the eye of this storm, played with magisterial humility by Mia Katigbak. She is the oracular center on which her coterie of geniuses base their self-attention...Neale as Hemingway is a self-satire tottering on the precipice of tragedy, a tour de force of tortured élan; Harding as Picasso and everybody else is a genius of self-importance and shtick painted thinly over remorse and ambivalence."
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May 20th, 2017

"A farcical frolic with members of Gertrude and Alice’s charmed circle...Mia Katigbak and Alyssa Simon balance powerful moments with sensitive ones and interchange identities...Edward Einhorn’s writing creatively embraces Stein’s verbiage and cadence with his own touches of humor and enough historical references to satisfy the Gertrude and Alice fan, English or art history major, 1920s Francophile, or anyone looking for an enjoyable, thoughtful, theatrical romp."
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