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The Ones Upstairs

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Slow, Confusing, Quirky, Disappointing

About the show

A comedic, heartwarming New York tale highlighting the connection and whimsical interactions between the living and the dead. Part of the 2018 Dream Up Festival. More…

The audience follows the life of a young man named Neil who has terrible luck in love. Unbeknownst to Neil, much of his disastrous bad fortune is due to his dead, overbearing mother, Elaine, meddling in his love life. Drama unfolds as Neil seeks to break his unlucky dating streak, while simultaneously helping his father find love again. An endearingly nosy upstairs neighbor, Millie, and her smooth-talking late husband, Fonzie, are among the quirky characters who interfere in Neil's romantic escapades as the story progresses.

Member Reviews (14)


Funny, Slow, Confusing, Quirky, Disappointing
Avg Score

Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You want to see a play that involves people holding on to loved ones that have passed away

Don't see it if You are expecting something that is polished, cleaned up and ready for an audience

Also There is an interesting concept and probably even a good play inside h... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like to support smaller local theaters, new writers; want something inexpensive

Don't see it if you found the premise (funny, touching play about connections between the living & the dead) intriguing - it disappoints ..

Also First scene or two funny, sitcomish. Then just fell flat. Much overact... Read more Read less

Almost-funny, Too many plotlines, Ambitious, Way too long

See it if You want to support new plays. The bones of a fun story are somewhere in there.

Don't see it if you want a tight, coherent story. Too many plotlines that come out of nowhere. Over long. I thought it ended, but now, one more scene to go.

Also The first scene or two make you think "oh, this is going to be a fun s... Read more Read less

Book didn't deliver, Premise had potential, Resonant / humorous / sweet, Ambitious / bit slow

See it if you want to support shows/co's @ Theater for New City. Cute show, w/a few funny performances. Saturday matinee was packed, lots of chuckles.

Don't see it if you can't sit through slow 100min show w/no intermission. Wanted SO much to like it more, but playwright doesn't deliver on premise promise.

Also Young male lead made theatrical stage debut.... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Funny, Fluffy, Intriguing, Unsatisfying

See it if You want a funny show about the trials and tribulations of dating

Don't see it if You want a satisfying conclusion to the story of some sort.

Too many furniture moves, Slow, Not witty enough or not enough thought provoking exchanges among characters

See it if you want to torture/punish yourself for any misdeeds,

Don't see it if you like characters who do not make sense with lines or with voice inflections.

Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You want to be exposed to a kernel of a potential concept or idea.

Don't see it if If that kernel never goes beyond an idea of a concept.

Slow, Mediocre acting, Uncompelling story, Confusing

See it if You want to support a new work of art

Don't see it if You’re expecting writing or acting quality superior to that found in a high school production

Also There was a lack of a compelling central conflict, and thus the take-h... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like heart warming stories with fun characters.

Don't see it if You want a dramatic, deep play.

Slow, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Inferior

See it if you want to support theater, however unremarkable.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste your time.

Also The makeup consisted of a cast both overacting and underacting, lackin... Read more Read less

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Good acting

See it if You are open minded to the connection between the living and the dead. Or lost someone & understand the impact their memory has on your life

Don't see it if You get confused with multiple characters interacting, or believe when you die you are gone leaving no mark or influence behind.

Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a charming new play about relationships and life

Don't see it if You are looking for an intense drama


See it if You want to support new plays

Don't see it if You want something really good

Also The concept was pretty interesting so I really wanted to enjoy this pl... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky

See it if You like seeing happy ending shows that come full circle

Don't see it if You only like fast developing plays

“The Ones Upstairs” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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