THE PERFORMERS Reviews

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 03:12am
Today is Wednesday, November 14, marking the official opening night for David West Read's new comedy, THE PERFORMERS, following previews that began October 23 at the Longacre Theatre. The play marks the Broadway bow for Read.

Set at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, the cast features Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson, Daniel Breaker, Ari Graynor, Jenni Barber and Alicia Silverstone. Evan Cabnet directs the 90-minute intermissionless comedy.

THE PERFORMERS, according to press notes, "is a romantic comedy about two high school friends (Cheyenne Jackson and Daniel Breaker) — and the women in their lives (Ari Graynor and Alicia Silverstone, respectively) — who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. When the night takes an unexpected turn and relationships are threatened, Chuck Wood (Henry Winkler), the hardest-working man in the business, steps in to lend a hand. Sex, love and Barry Manilow intersect in this comedy about the ups and downs and ins and outs of love."

Happy Opening, all!
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Holster2
Chorus Member
joined:7/25/12
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 12:32pm
I had so much fun when I saw this. I hope the reviews treat the show kindly. It was a great time!
uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:13pm
I hope the reviews are good also. We really had a good time at this show. It's hysterical.
Just give the world Love.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:14pm
Ari should get a Tony for this.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
MimiJudith
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:14pm
I really hated this show. I will be very surprised if the reviews are decent.
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:16pm
Ari should be my best friend
Play Esq.
Broadway Star
joined:7/10/09
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:19pm
^ Just glad I'm not the only one...


I suppose "hate" may be too strong a word, but I found it all around a rather blah show: not good, not horrible; serviceable performances, but nothing profound; occasionally humorous, but never laugh-out-loud funny.

I don't see this doing too well with the critics.
MimiJudith
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/05
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 01:20pm
I found Ari Graynor to be extremely shrill and annoying. Sorry, but I thought her "comedic acting" in The Performers was really subpar. Jennifer Tilly should get royalties.
americanboy99
Broadway Legend
joined:7/27/06
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 05:43pm
Graynor should certainly be nominated for her performance. She blows that role through the roof; it's a treasure to behold.
"Years from now when you talk about this- and you will- be kind."
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 06:02pm
tick... tick... tick...
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 08:22pm
"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
Updated On: 11/14/12 at 08:22 PM
henrikegerman
Broadway Legend
joined:4/29/05
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 08:35pm
So, the Post feels compelled to quote this anomalously clean joke:

"Do you like White Russians?” one porn star asks another at a bar.

“Sure,” comes the reply. “I like white Russians, I like black Russians, I like half-Russians...”"

If that's an indication of how funny the play gets - clean or dirty - (and I take it it might be as the positive review all but starts with this joke) I'll stay home.

nasty_khakis
Broadway Star
joined:3/15/07
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 08:40pm
Henrik, I don't want to defend the show too much,because it's not perfect, but that White Russians joke isn't really the joke. When the character asks the set up question, you laugh because you KNOW what the response is going to be. The joke is more in the humorous situation than in "this is a great wittily-written gag."
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 08:41pm
There is a lot funnier material than that.

amNY - 3 stars

http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/theater-review-the-performers-3-stars-1.4223322

"I know now that theatre saved my life." - Susan Stroman
uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:03pm
Yeah, a lot more. I say that if you are already thinking of seeing it, just go.
Just give the world Love.
Quiche2
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/12
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:11pm
I enjoyed Breaker in SHREK. He was actually the highlight of the show for me. Is his performance in this show any good?
Theatre is my life. No one can take that away from me.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:21pm
I don't think your mom would want you to see this show.
"I think Glee is way too sharp, smart, witty, clever and emotionally confronting for the masses." - Dave19 - "What's next? Snow Black and the 7 Swaggers? Shasquirta and the Beast? 101 Weavematians? Willis in Ghettoland?" - Dave19, in reference to the new ANNIE remake.
MamaQuiche22
Swing
joined:11/13/12
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:26pm
Quiche2 is time to go bed and leave the nice people alone. Grampa call and say no diddle time for you on trip if you don't start being good.
songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:29pm
Hollywood Repoter - mixed on the play, raves for the cast http://m.hollywoodreporter.com/review/theater-review-performers-390442
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 09:54pm
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:00pm
I'd love to see Graynor get a nod for this. I have a feeling Brantley will flip over her.
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
uncageg
Broadway Legend
joined:5/13/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:12pm
Just read Musto's review. He is just...annoying and he always has to throw some gay reference or comparison into everything.
Just give the world Love.
A Director
Broadway Star
joined:12/18/07
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:29pm
This is from a Reader's Reviews at the NYT. "this will go down in the annals of broadway as another MOOSE MURDERS."
WiCkEDrOcKS
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/04
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:37pm
Ouch...
Current Avatar: Tony-winner Idina Menzel, delivering a sucker-punch of an 11:00 number, "Always Starting Over," in IF/THEN.
NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10
THE PERFORMERS Reviews
Posted: 11/14/12 at 10:42pm
I am surprised that many of the reviews are as positive as they are. If the newspaper reviewers were permitted to repeat some of the raunchy jokes (as I can do online below), the show might not strike their readers as quite as sweet and old-fashioned as some of them are making it out to be.


The Performers Review: Gag-worth Gags about Porno on Broadway
Updated On: 11/14/12 at 10:42 PM

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