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The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

From 49 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Picasso has brought two of his mistresses and one of his wives. Hemingway has also brought his wife but is more obsessed by his matador. Meanwhile, all involved discuss matters of art, genius, friendship, religion, more genius, sexuality, money, fame, genius again, and, of course, love. Identities are merged and submerged as four actors play more than 30 characters. Written in a style that echoes Stein’s work, this is a comic fantasy with serious intent.


Member Reviews (49)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Intelligent, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining
81
Avg Score

78
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if Witty, poignant tale of Stein/Tokas' 'marriage' as if written by Stein herself with puns & convolutions abounding Cast is outstanding

Don't see it if A certain patience with & knowledge of Stein's style needed as well as the literary highbrows of the 30's Pacing jumps from manic to slow

85
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.

85
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.

Also Great script, however the direction is not great. This is one of those... Read more Read less

82
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.

77
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if you can appreciate Stein's circular thinking and verse. It's not everyone's cup of tea.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward play.

82
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.

100
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.

Also Playwright & director Edward Einhorn has managed to not only read & di... Read more Read less

86
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

80
Clever, playful, surreal, intelligent and somewhat "becketesque"

See it if you like both intelligent and physical humor and are interested in the life and times of Gertrude Stein.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to think, or don't know anything about the characters.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Interesting

See it if You enjoy works regarding Gertrude and Alice's lives, loves, and friends!

Don't see it if You've no interest in the 2 Women and their lives!

75
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You can stomach a farcical and often over-the-top, yet ultimately poignant, portrait of this duo and their circle.

Don't see it if Your tolerance for low budget farce is low, or peering into the window of 27 Rue de Fleurus wouldn't do anything for you.

Also Free champagne, a pot-brownie recipe, and 80 minutes, no intermission.... Read more Read less

86
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.

Also For once (& this is rare), being self-referential didn't bother me. It... Read more Read less

68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You like plays with a few actors playing many characters, which - when well written and acted, I love.

Don't see it if You believe it was written by Alice B. Toklas. I was naive and fooled by the title. I felt duped.

77
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you appreciate Ionesco's plays. If you like intelligent farce.

Don't see it if you need straight-forward language. If you fail to appreciate 'a rose is a rose is a rose'.

77
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you understand Stein's writing - her circle of writers and artist in 1920's Paris. Good acting with each actor playing different roles.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a traditional play, you know nothing about G, Stein or you don't like her.

Also It was entertaining, raw and fun. The first act went fast but the seco... Read more Read less

81
Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if a witty, hilarious and moving play about Stein, Toklas and the famous people they knew appeals to you.

Don't see it if The above doesn't interest you. But you might like it anyway--it's so clever and funny.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if This is quite fun if you are familiar with Gertrude Stein's mythology and her circle. If you're not, not.

Don't see it if Hemingway's character is made to be the butt of half the jokes, which got somewhat tiring. The first half is rather the better of the two.

67
Quirky, Witty, Weird, Imaginative, Well-acted

See it if You are a Stein/Toklas fans and would enjoy seeing these two characters among their colorful friends in an imaginary wedding ceremony

Don't see it if You would be frustrated by the writer's conceit that the Stein and Toklas actors are "pretending" to be the characters they are playing

100
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

72
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like historic figures and their stories told with a comedic touch. I think the writing was interesting and the acting was very good.

Don't see it if You don't like characters playing multiple roles. The beginning was a little confusing and I think trying to be too clever.

83
Amusing, well-acted niche play

See it if A delightful bagatelle in an intimate setting. 100 minutes of provocative enjoyment if you know of Gertrude Stein & the Lost Generation

Don't see it if you dislike Gertrude Stein/ Alice Toklas or are uninterested in romanticed stories about her salons and their habitues: Picasso, Hemingway,.

Also An interesting but idiosyncratic play that is well structured and supe... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are looking to discover something smart and funny downtown.

Don't see it if you know nothing about Gertrude Stein or other 20th century modernists.

96
Clever, Delightful, Exquisite

See it if you want to experience brilliant acting, innovative storytelling and all-around fun, with some touching moments

Don't see it if you only like straightforward, plot-driven theatre

88
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You enjoy French farce, explorations of historical figures, some of the finest performers NYC can offer.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy fresh farce or absurd theatrics. You're seeking a linear storyline play.

93
Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the large comedic antics of Stein set in the 30s, witty!

Don't see it if you arent a fan of Stein or this era


May 14th, 2017
"'Marriage' is a silly aural pleasure...Stein’s style also serves another purpose: as a marker for the ambiguity that a genius...is 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 occa...
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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 t...
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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 b...
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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...Th...
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