Already closed | 2h 20m | Chelsea

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

From 110 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Enchanting

About the show

The McKittrick Hotel (home of the immersive spectacle 'Sleep No More') presents the New York premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland's transporting, music-filled folk-theater fable. More…

The Heath, the McKittrick Hotel’s bar and music venue, is transformed into a high-spirited Scottish Pub for 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,' featuring the Scottish original cast. The title character is an uptight academic who specializes in Scottish ballads and finds herself coming face-to-face with the Devil. The show is written in rhyming verse and unfolds among and around the audience, using live music to weave its lyrical and enchanting story throughout the intimate setting. Tickets include select drinks and eats. 

2h 20m | Already closed | McKittrick Hotel (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (110)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Enchanting
83
Avg Score

76
Fun, Creative, Fresh, Confusing

See it if Fun immersive experience. Creative and out there. Interesting story, whimsical, sometimes surreal. Skillful actors.

Don't see it if The heavy accents plus the convoluted plot makes many of the (fast) twists very confusing. Though the overall experience is a enjoyable one.

Also There's a bit of everything in here. Sometimes it feels like there are... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Confusing

See it if You love immersive/interactive theater. McKittrick Hotel does a great job of transporting you into this world from moment you step in. FUN!

Don't see it if The story can get muddled and unfocused at times. There is a lot going on here, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

Also Actors are giving it there all and it's an overall fun experience. It'... Read more Read less

97
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An exceptional show. So clever and smart. Great performances. Original!! A special experience at the McKittrick. Don't miss this one.

Don't see it if You need traditional proscenium style theater. You lack imagination and wit.

65
Disappointing, Dizzying, Indulgent, Silly, Quirky

See it if Cross between Phantom of the Opera (work obsessed girl), Monty Python (silly humor) and Sleep No More. Good music and atmosphere but

Don't see it if scenes dragged on without enough substance. Other people seemed to enjoy it but I felt disconnected.

75
Great staging, Absorbing, Enchanting, Inventive, Lovely

See it if you enjoy fun scrappy inventive theater, with some wonderful surprises.

Don't see it if you find rhyming verse tedious.

85
Seeing a very clever/silly play that works both high and low is a hoot

See it if 4 wicked satirization academic culture; hilarious script in verse; immersive/ interactive theater-bar setting; mood-setting Scottish ballads

Don't see it if some will be put off by Scottish absurdity; after 2 beautiful hours, play spins completely out of control the last 20 minutes

Also Play is nominally about the academic plight of Prudencia Hart who spec... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if traditional ballads or strange love stories appeal. An ancient story celebrated in song set in current time. Marvelous Sit at central tables

Don't see it if Celtic music makes you cover your ears. The music is loud, cheerful and is played throughout the entire show.

82
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like unusual theatrical experiences, and Scottish storytelling by talented musician/actor/singers; You are part of the action

Don't see it if You do not like taverns and being close to the performers; Have no sense of adventure; Cannot participate in the fun for one night

Also This story needs an imagination and audience participation. You are gi... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Immersive, Magical, Lyrical, "select eats & drinks" were a letdown

See it if you want to be in the middle of the action and you like Scottish folk music and sensibility. Terrific performances and a haunting story.

Don't see it if you have a problem with Scottish accents or having performers jump up on your table.

Also With tickets ranging from $75 to $125 and "select eats and drinks" pro... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Great staging, Good story

See it if like immersive theatre. The room is a bar, and the action takes place around you. Mostly in the middle of the room. Great classic story.

Don't see it if you don't like immersive theatre. I do, & would have loved even audience involvement. - see "tell us more" if you have asthma.

Also Warning if you have ASTHMA - The use of an old carpet during part of t... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You want a riveting tale, in rhyme, performed for you by brilliant Scottish actors, each playing multiple role and are also the musicians

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theater experiences, but give this a chance!

92
Great acting, Great singing, Great storytelling, Immersive, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a great time in. Scottish pub, with whisky, sandwiches, great storytelling and terrific music!

Don't see it if Are averse to an immersive experience. Want a traditional theatre experience.

Also Great time--very talented cast that acts, sings, and charms their way ... Read more Read less

50
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like to see shows that are staged in an unusual manner.

Don't see it if you dislike shows with an incoherent plot.

Also This was a dreary show, made slightly less dreary by some interesting ... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Dizzying, Unique, Fun, Edgy

See it if you like immersive theater. If you enjoy Scottish folk music & culture. If you want to see something different from usual off-Broadway fare.

Don't see it if you don't like performers to interact with you. You have trouble with accents. You prefer more traditional theater.

Also I enjoyed the first act more than the second but the whole play is a w... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like Scotch whiskey (it's free at the bar) You like being in the center of the action. You don't mind a little fantasy with your reality

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with interactive productions. You don't like plays where the Devil is a major character. Whimsy is not your cup of tea

Also It's a wonderful shaggy dog story with sex and the Devil in the Scotti... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You're ready to get your theater experience in a different way. Theater of Scotland tells an unusual love story in a restaurant setting.

Don't see it if You have no imagination and don't like theater in any other setting than in a theater.

74
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like fun, light entertainment in a pub setting. Get there early to sit together; center seats are the "splash zone"; fun story, laughter

Don't see it if you are easily bored, as some parts move very slowly and it's a light tale at best. Comfy seats, some audience interaction, drinks, no food

Also Highly recommend eating beforehand at Porteno (block away), then after... Read more Read less

78
Suspend and have fun at the mckittrick hotel

See it if You are open to free form & can enjoy the mystery evoked by the space

Don't see it if You are looking for something particularity polished or in the mood for serious theater

60
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a different play at the Mckittrick Hotel, home of "Sleep No More".

Don't see it if you don't like Irish music.

Also The play was inside a restaurant with tables, a music stage, the actor... Read more Read less

87
Clever, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love slightly interactive theatre in a more unique space and are willing to go on an unsettling journey with beautiful storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like to be so close to the action. You don't understand Scottish accents. The plot turns quickly. You don't like musicals.

Also I adore this play. The beauty of the end left me in tears, that's all ... Read more Read less

92
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like semi immersive theatre like comet of 1812 and here lies love. You enjoy the art of storytelling.

Don't see it if Rhyming couplets give you a headache? The Scottish accents are thick so if you have trouble following them. But no the show is great.

98
Enchanting, Refreshing, Quirky, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You love inventive theater served with a shot (or 2) in an immersive atmosphere. Oh, and sandwiches.

Don't see it if You shudder at the thought of a little audience participation.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

See it if You enjoy interactive theater, a compelling story and are a fant of Scotland. An unique experience as you journey with Prudentia. Booze too.

Don't see it if You only like serious drama and are not a fant of interactive theater.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if This is a cute show with some audience participation from an enthusiastic and talented company of Scottish actors. It is set in a pub.

Don't see it if You don't like slightly 'off the wall productions

90
Charming, Delightful, Great staging, Environmentally staged, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy pub shows! Folk music! light interaction with performers. environmental staging.

Don't see it if you don't like pub shows or fun!


December 13th, 2016
"One hell of a tale…This gleeful import does transport you into infernal eternity. It turns out to be a swell place for a hibernal vacation…All the performers are dab hands with an assortment of instruments, musical styles and instant impersonations. They are also most companionable hosts in the ...
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December 13th, 2016
"Perfectly enjoyable even without a chest-warming, peaty buzz…A witty send-up of literary theory and rom-coms that morphs into a real mini-epic of damnation and obsession, ‘Prudencia Hart’ keeps a fine balance between supernatural shocks and Fringe-like silliness. Wilson’s scrappy troupe tears ar...
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December 13th, 2016
"If something is happening at the McKittrick Hotel, it’s probably worth doing. That’s a rule of thumb I’ve lived by since the first time I saw 'Sleep No More,' and it continues to be true with its new immersive theater experience…'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' isn’t your typical holiday...
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December 13th, 2016
"An unforgettable theatrical experience, driven by brave performances and resourceful staging…Greig's playful use of language and magpie instinct toward mythology results in an enchanting story that will stay with you for days after…Luckily, everyone in this excellent five-person cast seems perfe...
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