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Up the Rabbit Hole

From 7 critic and 40 member reviews
Members say: Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Slow

About the show

Theater for the New City presents Andy Halliday's autobiographical play about sex, obsession, and finding your home. More…

'Up the Rabbit Hole' is the story of a young, gay, drug-addicted man obsessed with finding his birth mother and the answers to questions surrounding his entire life. After finally reconnecting with her, he has the courage to embark upon a life beyond his wildest dreams.

Theater Pizzazz

"A touching play about a young man seeking acceptance. It’s neither a 'coming of age' nor a 'coming out' piece, but rather a psychological odyssey...This play, by Andy Halliday, is well-constructed, has an arc, and believable characters. Having both mothers played by the same actress was a bit of casting genius...Smith defines both women exquisitely...Given that the work is largely autobiographical we can relax knowing our protagonist really has climbed out of the hole." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Andy Halliday’s newest and deeply personal play seems at first a cliché, however as the play moves forward it is clear that this narrative isn’t part of the mainstream...The primary weakness of the show is the pace...Tyler Jones carries the piece with his excellent physicality and effusive charm...While some edits and some tightening up would benefit the production, 'Up the Rabbit Hole' is powerful and moving." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A tale sweetly told, autobiographical in nature and well cast...We’ve seen this story before and we’ve seen these characters too...Halliday’s work is witty at times, but the plot really revolves around Jack and his endless desire for the advances of a pseudo-heterosexual...Perhaps, my discomfort is that this play is entirely too plausible in 2017...Smith, a lovely actress who gives us a pair of dignified performances as two characters, offers us a quick note of humor too." Full Review

Ethan Kanfer: New York Theater Reviews

"Raw, honest and brave. It also, in places, suffers from the lack of objectivity that affects many writers as they attempt to mold their life experiences into dramatic narratives. There is plenty to like, including a strong cast, but both directorially and script-wise, it’s in need of further development...Despite its unevenness, though, 'Up the Rabbit Hole' manages, at times to be deeply moving and tenderly funny." Full Review

The Reviews Hub

"Several scenes in the play drag with a maudlin safety...The conversation is idyllic and natural but lacks significance...When the drama heats up it is a joy to watch the patience pay off with strong choices from actors and characters alike... Johnson’s directing puts Jones front and center for naturalistic transitions, and the pair works beautifully...There is a real satisfaction in the structure of the final scene that inspires tangible gratitude." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Halliday apparently believes he can present a series of recalled scenes from his life and assume they’ll rise from reported incidents to full-fledged drama...As he goes along, Halliday takes patrons to and through various meetings between and among the characters...The actors, under G. R. Johnson’s sure direction, are all more than proficient in their roles...Halliday puts forth a specific slice of life as precariously lived today—and in not small numbers—but he needs to do more with it." Full Review


“The play's most frustrating line is its last one, ‘And more shall be revealed!’ Halliday is reaching for poignant ambiguity here, but it just feels like ‘Up the Rabbit Hole’ ran out of script before it ran out of story. Up to this point, we have learned all about Jack's problems, but we don't know Jack. It's a shame, because there appears to be a lot more to know.” Full Review

Realistic, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if U want a realistic drama that includes subjects of identity, substance abuse, sexual content. adoption, maternal emotions, & queer life.

Don't see it if If you are not mature enough to see realistic depictions of drug abuse, sexual & nudity content or are uncomfortable with queer topics.

Also A relevant play that shows the raw reality of substance abuse which we... Read more Read less

Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You are willing to experience the journey of one man's search for his identity and self confidence, want to see some great performances.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay-themed plays or nudity and drug use on stage, are looking for a light comedy, don't want to see a true life story.

Poignant gay drama of addiction and recovery

See it if touching drama of gay twenty-something adoptee connecting with his birth family. Poignant scenes of addiction. Tyler Jones is excellent

Don't see it if this is not an Andy Halliday campfest. It's a serious drama, well written, directed and acted. Gay love, sex &addiction portrayed with punch

Relatable, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to understand how a good, decent young Man finds himself on drugs. Who can he trust? Can he love 2 different families? Find out

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with drugs. You don’t have an interest in a gay storyline. You are sensitive to any area of child adoption.

Titillating, Intimate setting, Entertaining, Cute cast, Fine acting

See it if you like a slice of gay light drama w/ a touch of drugs/adoption/romance/rape yet w/ a happy ending. The serious stuff is balanced w/ humor.

Don't see it if you don't like any of the above themes, nor some flashes of nudity & M2M scenes. These were well executed hence more artistic than offensive

Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Ambitious

See it if Believeable characters portrayed by skilled actors, good music

Don't see it if The LGBTQ community and their concerns make you uncomfortable

Serious drama, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a dramatic piece with great acting that takes on the issues of drug addiction, adoption, and family and gay relationships.

Don't see it if You'd prefer something lighter, or the above does not interest you. Or if you might feel uncomfortable watching a simulated rape scene.

Surprisingly humorless, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You are interested in seeing a good attempt by a young theater company to depict the life of a young gay man dealing w drug addiction

Don't see it if You are expecting any real new insights, or if you need some levity with your drama

Also The cast is wonderful, especially the young man playing the protagonis... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy

See it if you are into gay themed drama. The story line is intense dealing with drugs, addiction and the search for one's place in life

Don't see it if you are offended by nudity or simulated sex.

Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in how self esteem controls life choices or if You need to be reminded of the destructive effects of drug addiction.

Don't see it if You are looking for originality. This is a story that we have seen many times. It would benefit by developing the storyline of the mothers.

Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy plays with gay protagonists about issues relevant to the LGBT community, plays about mothers & sons & absent dads, sweet endings

Don't see it if gay subjects bother you, tidy endings don't seem realistic, dragged & repetitive scenes don't seem necessary, too basic of a set feels cheap

Also I realize the playwright was calling upon his own life for much of the... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if you have never seen any gay themed play and are just coming out.

Don't see it if you have seen any gay themed play about being young and broke.

Uneven, Funny, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you have a particular interest in the ups and downs of drug abuse or the search for one's birth mother.

Don't see it if you expect a consistently well-written and captivating script. The actors were terrific but the script was at times banal then brilliant.

Decent acting, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You enjoy a mess and too many cliched, gay-related themes crammed into a too long show and messy script.Decent performances; abrupt ending.

Don't see it if Have anything else to do... don't enjoy a too long gay themed play that involves drugs, adoption, sex, family dynamics . slow moving pace

Also Was a weird mix of too many subjects and some scenes felt too long and... Read more Read less

Banal, Slow, Raunchy, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you can get by on passable acting by attractive actors

Don't see it if you'll be triggered by tasteless treatment of rape and drug addiction

Disappointing, Slow, Prosaic, Cliched

See it if you like kitchen-sink gay melodrama dealing with adoption, drug addiction, questioning sexuality, daddy issues, mommy issues, rape, et al.

Don't see it if you can't abide nearly every gay stereotype crammed into 90 maudlin minutes, leading to an all-too-convenient anticlimax.

Also I know this was a very personal story for the playwright, but I'm afra... Read more Read less

Confusing, Needs work, Unfocused, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if You are intrigued by the storyline and want to see the actors perform the material decently.

Don't see it if You want to see a focused script. This script felt like it tried to tackle too many topics and therefore tackled none of them effectively.

Also This script suffers from an identity crisis in that it doesn't know wh... Read more Read less

Very poorly written

See it if You want to see a show that deals with gay themes.

Don't see it if You are looking for a well polished play

Also These are the shows that drive me crazy. I had my friend visiting and ... Read more Read less

Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if This is a ten (out of a hundred). The lead is a gay, young coke head and surprisingly the play still isn't interesting and/or entertaining.

Don't see it if If this is autobiographical, then the writer must have never seen the inside of a junior high school or above.

Disappointing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if some great performances by actors... Particularly the 2 young men - Tyler Jones and Quinn Coughlin.

Don't see it if You can tell the direction did not serve the actors and there are noticeable holes in the writing.

Slow, Fluffy, Relevant, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy shows that discuss real lgbt issues and personal relationships

Don't see it if you feel uncomfortable with sexual/drug situations

Boring, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if You feel like taking a nap somewhere other than your bed.

Don't see it if you don't like overacted, unconvincing plays. This was terribly written.

During previews
Fast-moving, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a fast-moving, well-written, gay-themed play that addresses social issues such as addictions, adoption, rape, hustling, etc.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with gay relationships, simulated but non-explicit sex including gay-rape, brief flashes of nudity,and drug addictions.

Also In my opinion, this was a very well-acted, intense, fast-moving, thoug... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Great writing

See it if Realistic tale of a young gay guy who's taken advantage of by a hustler guy; poignant relationships with his mom, birth family & boyfriend

Don't see it if You'd be offended by brief male (rear) nudity or frank talk.

During previews
Well-staged, honest, nearly graphic depiction of young, gay addiction

See it if A frank, simple, professionally acted story about coke, adoption fallout, with some male nudity and brief male-on-male action appeals

Don't see it if You're stickler for trenchant depth in the writing. This play is genuine enough but not harrowing, and, therefore, a bit by-the-numbers.

Also At first performance, some ofi the humor in the opening scene was off ... Read more Read less

Cast & Creatives (11)