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This American Wife

From 2 critic and 7 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Clever

About the show

A raucous multimedia theatre work, this new piece tracks two men's obsessions with intimacy, queerness, and the deep desire to see and be seen. More…

On screens across the world, women call themselves “Real Housewives” while they scream, sob, and scam their way to the top. Meanwhile, spiraling in shame in their bedrooms, Michael and Patrick clandestinely binge on the gaudy lives and savvy strategies of these expert performance artists.

Diandra Reviews it All

“Incredibly funny and uncomfortable...I laughed, I cringed, and admired the creativity of Foley and Breslin. This show is everything you would not expect from a play based on ‘The Real Housewives’ because it is way more thoughtful. It is not trying to be gimmicky as much as genuinely funny and open to analysis. Yet, if you have never watched ‘The Real Housewives’ or do not know too much about the series ‘This American Wife’ might fall flat to you." Full Review


"Though overall an excruciating experience, thanks to its accomplished multimedia presentation 'This American Wife' is bearable and its 80-minutes pass briskly...It’s intended to be hilarious but isn’t as its performers simply aren’t funny and are devoid of charm...Breslin and Foley’s shtick might have made for some amusing YouTube videos but as a full-length stage piece 'This American Wife' is so encrusted with smarmy pretentiousness as to render it as masturbatory tedium." Full Review

Funny, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if you like experimental, multi-media, shows without much of a plot, but with a strong message. Incredibly high quality for a blackbox show.

Don't see it if you want a "straight"-forward play or don't want to see young people wrestle with their own issues on stage. It's a bit navel gaze-y.

Absorbing, Great acting, Experimental, Surprising, Intriguing

See it if you love Real Housewives and/or want to see an experimental show that compellingly examines the way these shows blur our concept of reality.

Don't see it if you have trouble with experimental shows.

Funny, Entertaining, Light, Silly

See it if You are a fan of the Real Housewives. It's a fun show for fans of the franchise and watchers of Reality TV.

Don't see it if If you don't watch or are familiar with The Real Housewives you will most likely be lost.

Interesting, Fluffy, Uneven, Niche

See it if you are a fan and know Real Housewives fan. Fun if you do. Interesting 90's retro use of video.

Don't see it if you don't watch any Real Housewives franchise. No point seeing this if you don't.

Also Last 15 min was a weird 90's almost stream of consciousness that had n... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you follow the Bravo Housewives programs. If not, you'll miss most of the humor .

Don't see it if you know nothing about the Housewives.

Also The two actors are very engaging BUT knowing very little about the Hou... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love the real housewives franchise, you love television, you love theatre, you love laughing till your sides hurt as I did last night.

Don't see it if You hate all these things/ phenomenal genre busting performance makes you uncomfortable.

Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if If you are curious as to why we are so obsessed with Reality TV and how it consumes our culture.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a conventional story line.

Also I did not know what to expect and this show was full of surprises from... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (3)