Between Two Knees
Closed 2h 15m
Between Two Knees
74

Between Two Knees NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(36 Ratings)
Positive
69%
Mixed
25%
Negative
6%
Members say
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny

About the Show

A funny ride through American history by the acclaimed intertribal sketch comedy troupe The 1491s.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (27)

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169 Reviews | 9 Followers
95
Epic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy clever, engaging, comedic plays, dedicated strong acting/storytelling, interesting unforgettable characters, story, overall wow!!

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour show, you are invested in historical classical storytelling,you aren't impressed by theatrics-they're amazing

102 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a different live theater experience that makes you think.

Don't see it if You don't want to learn about Native American history.

398 Reviews | 142 Followers
82
Ambitious, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a hard working cast provide an unusual slant on Native Americans. There is much truth here, presented in a comic manner.

Don't see it if you need a story told in a straight-forward manner. There's a definite lesson presented here by a talented cast. Liked the music & effects.

437 Reviews | 104 Followers
78
"comedy as resistance", Thought-provoking, Over-the-top, Vaudevillian, Sardonic

See it if you like political satire that uses physical comedy, sarcasm, song, dance, and drama to educate and provoke thought.

Don't see it if you really hate anything that is slapstick or farcical. Beware if you can't handle criticism of white colonialism or being uncomfortable.

79 Reviews | 22 Followers
70
Long, Great staging, Maximalist, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you’re down for a self-aware variety show (?) that skewers Native stereotypes & traverses history between two events at Wounded Knee.

Don't see it if you want a nuanced plot & characters; you’re looking for direct reenactment of Native history; you don’t like prop/physical comedy. Read more

207 Reviews | 29 Followers
70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

See it if You want to see a show which treats a serious subject with some levity

Don't see it if You like straightforward musicals or drama. Read more

95 Reviews | 9 Followers
70
Indulgent, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you like sketch comedy shows...it's very silly.

Don't see it if you want a production with more substance. It's long and a bit tedious.

149 Reviews | 19 Followers
69
Edgy, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Sometimes funny

See it if sophomoric SNL sketches telling an important story of a family living between Wounded Knee massacre & Wounded Knee protests a century later

Don't see it if you expect important insights into Native American struggles, and a moving theatrical event. Wish it were. I had such hopes for it!

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
February 14th, 2024

“...manages to tickle so ferociously with one hand and seize throats with the other"
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The Wall Street Journal
February 15th, 2024

"Irreverent is a...mild way of describing the show’s attitude toward its grim subject"
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Theatermania
February 13th, 2024

"...one of the most mirthless comedies I’ve experienced in a long time."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 14th, 2024

“It's stuck between two intentions, and it doesn't really fulfill either one.”
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TheaterScene.net
February 19th, 2024

The cast behaves as though their material is hilariously funny, but much of it falls flat.
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New York Theater
February 13th, 2024

If there are some genuinely poignant scenes, the show is at heart sketch comedy
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This Week in New York
February 16th, 2024

"White people receive a spanking in the 1491s’ irreverent theatrical history lesson."
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C
February 13th, 2024

"An antic energy infuses...along with a noble impulse to educate audiences"
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