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Women Behind Bars

From 1 critic and 33 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Raunchy

About the show

This B-movie-inspired black comedy is set in the Women's House of Detention in Greenwich Village. More…

Among the range of women within the prison are an innocent young woman, a chain-smoking street-wise tough girl, and a delicate Southern belle reminiscent of Blanche DuBois.


"It’s been hilariously revived at the historic 13th Street Repertory Theatre in a punchy production lovingly directed by Joe John Battista...Extravagantly playing up these stock characters’ exaggerated traits, the cast is exuberantly in overdrive, yet Mr. Battista steers them to a sense of reality. Though appropriately broad, each characterization has truthful depth...This jubilant incarnation is pleasurable on many levels, demonstrating that its fondly recalled cult reputation is justified." Full Review

Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You if you like great directing, great and superb lighting. An old fantastic story. Love the the 13th st theater. Hohman's lighting was

Don't see it if Excellent. You dont have a sense of humor.

Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if If you like old '50s Women in Prison movies/plays/TV shows. This is High Camp.

Don't see it if If you are adverse to bad language and acts.

Also I loved this show. I originally saw it in the '70s (with Divine) and i... Read more Read less

Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Clever

See it if You like raw, edgy drama about prison with a talented cast Based on the movie caged Great directing. Lots of hilarity among caged woman

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with profanity & sexual acts

Must see, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like plays that fluctuate between drama and comedy (some a bit raunchy); great acting; creative writing. Must see -- loved it.

Don't see it if You like pure drama or comedy; plays with few characters; raunchy humor.

Cult classic, Kitchy, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if Fun revival of raunchy 70s Cult Classic takeoff on B prison movies. A piece of theater history. Great cast brings it to life! Lotsa laughs!

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist humor and graphic sex scenes. Tom Eyen's script is a little dated but still iconoclastic.

Good unwholesome fun

See it if Fun, campy show featuring a large cast - all of whom shine. Amy Stiller is a comedic genius. Lots of silliness and laugh out loud moments.

Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with some fairly graphic sex.Not into funky small theaters - this historic landmark is one to support.Adds to the exper

Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You were a Divine fan! Fun evening of absurdity.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a straight evening of entertainment.

Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Funny, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy satires about real life stories. Great direction & acting, go see it! You will laugh + get totally engaged as the story unfolds

Don't see it if If you are homophobic or expect a serious play about women in prison.

Great acting, Quirky, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like camp - this 50's era "B" movie takeoff has wonderful characters represented by talented actors who complete a wide female spectrum.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the people, language and mores of the 50's as you will miss a lot - some will call it dated or not like old humor.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Campy

See it if you want a fun campy take on prison exploitation films from the 50's, great acting by an ensemble cast,

Don't see it if a quirky little theater and raunchy​ jokes turn you off.

Funny, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you enjoy sendups of 1950s women’s prison movies that include a lot of “inside” references.

Don't see it if you want a realistic play and don’t enjoy camp.

Cliched, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you have a time machine (I saw last show). It was a fun raunchy show that went over the top and was joyously offensive.

Don't see it if you don't have a time machine. the show had a lot of stereotypes and its fun but no longer as transgressive as it likely originally was.

Good acting, Raunchy, Hilarious, Clever

See it if u'd enjoy a spoof of old Grade B movies about women prisoners. It's well acted & it's campy, but the campiness is kept in check.

Don't see it if you're easily offended; it is pretty raunchy-- definitely not family fare. You don't like kitschy.

Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a clever, well-acted show w/raunchy humor, a female cast, wild & crazy antics

Don't see it if you're offended by raunchy humor containing racial jabs, don't like silly dark, humor

Also Show was well-done with great characters, although a bit long

Dated, Campy, Entertaining, Raunchy, Funny

See it if You’re a fan of camp, kitsch and raunchy humor. It’s a great showcase for nine talented comedic actresses (and one man, and one drag queen.)

Don't see it if You are easily offended. Rape, violence, racial stereotypes and lesbianism are played for laughs.

Also Before the performance began, the director briefly addressed the audie... Read more Read less

Good acting, Raunchy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like humor.

Don't see it if You aren’t a comedy person

Romantic, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U want to see a great fun play with amazing cast,each has its own unique character that locked in prison 50s.Great directing & use of stage

Don't see it if You are bothered with profanity, sexual referral, violence, or don’t like small intimate theater

Edgy, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy great funny female characters that are in prison

Don't see it if You want something serious

Raunchy, Funny

See it if You like somewhat Funny & Vulgar Off Bdwy revivals.

Don't see it if You are expecting a Bdwy Production & dislike raunchy/sexual shows that are a Vulgar & Campy 2nd Rate.

Also Show is a Devine Cult revival from the Early 80’s Original Production ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Raunchy, Indulgent, Edgy, Funny

See it if Giddy revival of Ton Eyen's parody of 50's women prison movies High camp - raunchy & mock-racist played for all its worth! Over the top cast

Don't see it if Set is a little tight but the hilarious Harrison a size-plus warden makes it work Director Battista's pacing needs a punching up, often lags

Dated, Fun, Campy, Silly

See it if you like camp.

Don't see it if you want a kitchen sink drama.

Great acting, Funny

See it if You like raunchy comedies, want to see great performances by talented women

Don't see it if You want a big production

Also The individual performances by the actresses were really amazing. Howe... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Funny, Dated

See it if You are intrigued by a comic play set in a women’s prison, more focused on making you laugh than on telling a compelling story

Don't see it if You are offended by stereotypes, racial and sexual humor. You want a big production. Despite Amy Stiller’s presence, it’s off, off Broadway.

Also The actors all did a great job. The play feels dated. The humor doesn’... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You’re familiar with the archetypes the actresses portrayed; you like comical dramatic performance in tiny venue;

Don't see it if You mind being cramped in tiny seat; you do not appreciate stereotypical depiction of “lesbian”, “Latina woman”, etc..

Silly, Campy, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to see a dated raunchy cliched play

Don't see it if If you have no tolerance for silly dated camp humor

Cast & Creatives (14)