The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Opens Mar 20 2h 20m
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart NYC Reviews and Tickets

(143 Reviews)
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Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful, Absorbing

The McKittrick Hotel presents the National Theatre of Scotland's music-filled folk-theater fable.

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Member Reviews (143)

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920 Reviews | 932 Followers
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. Read more

898 Reviews | 1026 Followers
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. Read more

1033 Reviews | 425 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Confusing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained by a band of high energy enthusiastic top notch actors among you singing/dancing/storytelling.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something that is normal theater. This is different in more ways than just being immersive. Clever storytelling. Read more

547 Reviews | 1880 Followers
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.

720 Reviews | 220 Followers
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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
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.

659 Reviews | 290 Followers
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 Read more

538 Reviews | 489 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (20)

Front Row Center
March 14th, 2023

“A story about finding yourself and letting go, ’The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' is as full of prose as it is of heart; as full of humor as it is of smarts.”
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The New York Times
December 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"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 specially outfitted pub through which they wander…It shifts seamlessly from robust silliness to sensual dreaminess, as the mind tends to through the course of successive whiskies."
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Time Out New York
December 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"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 around the room, pulling off audience-interactive shenanigans with adorable aplomb. They sing, they dance, and they risk life and limb on top of cluttered tables for our amusement."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 20th, 2014
For a previous production

"Greig writes fluently in rhyming couplets...Though determinedly spoofy, the text also exhibits immense respect and affection for its satiric targets...Wilson’s deceptively unfussy production deftly distracts from the complexity of the show’s many threads, and the game cast appears well-drilled yet up for anything...A persistently entertaining bricolage of themes that only flags in invention in the perhaps overextended climax, notably less inspired than anything in the hours preceding."
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Entertainment Weekly
December 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"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 fare, but it certainly has the warmth one might crave from the theater on a cold, wintery night."
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The Washington Post
November 18th, 2012
For a previous production

"Whimsical in the extreme...But with a wee bit of indulgence, 'Prudencia Hart' will weave its spell, drawing you in as a willing collaborator in its multitudinous shenanigans...A lot of the charm of 'Prudencia Hart' derives from the unorthodox surroundings in which it is staged. The actors circulate among us, climbing onto our tables...The production is buoyed by the resourcefulness of director Wils Wilson, who makes economical use of limited space and design elements."
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December 13th, 2016
For a previous production

"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 perfectly at ease enacting whatever Greig has written while creating specific and consistent characters."
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December 21st, 2016
For a previous production

"The congenial atmosphere set up by director Wils Wilson replicates a sessions night you might encounter at a local tavern...While the merry antics and sexy melodramatics of 'The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart' can certainly be enjoyed by all, those with an intimate knowledge of Scottish literature and culture will certainly get an extra charge out of the evening."
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