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Viciously Funny Reviews

nasty_khakis
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Viciously Funny Reviews#1
Posted: 10/20/19 at 6:44pm

Does anybody have any examples of well-written and funny reviews for shows that were extreme pans? I don't mean a luke warm review with funny bits, but just a vicious takedown of a mess of a show. You don't have to agree with the review, just need some examples.Thanks!

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Viciously Funny Reviews#2
Posted: 10/20/19 at 7:26pm
King Kong comes to mind.
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Viciously Funny Reviews#3
Posted: 10/20/19 at 7:34pm

Jesse Green’s review for Escape to Margaritaville is a masterclass in this very topic. Probably my favorite review ever. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/theater/escape-to-margaritaville-review-jimmy-buffett-broadway.html

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Viciously Funny Reviews#4
Posted: 10/20/19 at 7:43pm
The New York Times' review of the Liz Taylor/ Richard Burton PRIVATE LIVES was hilarious. I was still teaching at the time and read it aloud to my colleagues at lunch time. We all laughed hysterically.
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Viciously Funny Reviews#5
Posted: 10/20/19 at 9:48pm

I remember reading, about 20 years ago, about an early-70's musical called 'Up'.  Supposedly, one of the opening night reviews for 'Up' was one word: Down.  There was no reference to that in the article and the story may be apocryphal but here's a good one:  It played at the newly opened Uris (now Gershwin) Theatre for maybe one performance.  From the street, only 2 words were visible on the marque: Up and Uris. Classic.

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Viciously Funny Reviews#6
Posted: 10/20/19 at 10:05pm
How about Dorothy Parker's review of a play called HOME BEAUTIFUL. Parker's succinct review of the play was: "HOME BEAUTIFUL. Play lousey."
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Viciously Funny Reviews#7
Posted: 10/20/19 at 10:29pm

AADA81 said: "I remember reading, about 20 years ago, about an early-70's musical called 'Up'. Supposedly, one of the opening night reviews for 'Up' was one word: Down. There was no reference to that in the article and the story may be apocryphal but here's a good one: It playedat the newly opened Uris (now Gershwin) Theatre for maybe one performance. From the street, only 2 words were visible on the marque: Up and Uris.Classic."

The show you're referring to was 'Via Galactica' - it was originally titled 'Up' but they allegedly changed the name for that very reason, perhaps the only good decision those producers made...

IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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Viciously Funny Reviews#8
Posted: 10/20/19 at 10:42pm
Frank Rich’s review of Moose Murders is legendary. I also read one of the original Carrie, b in t I am struggling to remember from which critic.
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Viciously Funny Reviews#9
Posted: 10/20/19 at 10:44pm

I used to own this book, No Turn Unstoned, a bunch of vicious reviews compiled by Diana Rigg, but I lost it in some move. Might be worth ordering if you want a collection of them.

https://www.amazon.com/No-Turn-Unstoned-Theatrical-Reviews/dp/0385188625/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=no+turn+unstoned&qid=1571625097&sr=8-1

 

 

Updated On: 10/20/19 at 10:44 PM
Esther Blodgett
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Viciously Funny Reviews#10
Posted: 10/21/19 at 10:39am

I think it was the early 70s and a revue opened Off-Broadway titled "Smile, Smile, Smile". Clive Barnes', writing in the Times, entire review was "I didn't. I didn't, I didn't."

The show closed in a week.

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Viciously Funny Reviews#11
Posted: 10/21/19 at 12:24pm

I think a lot of that has to do with whether or not you agree with the writer!  Viciously Funny Reviews

If we're not having fun, then why are we doing it? These are DISCUSSION boards, not mutual admiration boards. Discussion only occurs when we are willing to hear what others are thinking, regardless of whether it is alignment to our own thoughts.
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Viciously Funny Reviews#12
Posted: 10/21/19 at 1:04pm

That one review of Gettin' The Band Back Together that called the score "Broadway Nickelback". Nickelback doesn't deserve disrespect like that.

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Viciously Funny Reviews#13
Posted: 10/21/19 at 11:00pm

The Atlantic has a page that is a collection of the poor reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark:

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/02/spider-man-musical-inspires-scathing-reviews/342327/

There's also this collection of reviews of various shows over the years:

https://theatrenerds.com/12-times-critics-were-absolutely-savage-not-necessarily-wrong/

Updated On: 10/21/19 at 11:00 PM