To Be Or Not To Be

  • Date:
    October 1, 2008


    What the press had to say.....

    "Walking corpse of a comedy." & "This Manhattan Theater Club production has the spring, color and freshness of long-refrigerated celery." & "Chalk it up as the latest confirmation of the principle that a classic movie does not a classic play make."
    Ben Brantley
    New York Times

    "Though the play strives to be fluffy, it's about as airy as cement pierogi - and a late turn toward heart-tugging feels tacked on." & "The show is hobbled by too many off-target jokes and off-putting pacing. The play should gallop, but the staging by Casey Nicholaw ("The Drowsy Chaperone") moves in sluggish fits and starts."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "A shabby little play. It bears the marks of most bad comedies - it's not funny, and it's incomprehensible." & "So what is it: To be or not to be? Not. Definitely not."
    Clive Barnes
    New York Post

    "Michael McCarty as a zealous Gestapo official has been given horribly lame material. For instance, he's overweight but claims to be an exercise enthusiast. But McCarty manages to pull something semibelievable out of this mess. The same cannot be said for the author, the director, or the rest of the cast."
    David Sheward
    Back Stage

    "Shabby, pinched little production, which has more than a whiff of summer stock." & "Dramatically, and often comically, the script is flatter than a pancake." & "The staging has little drive, and there's no real sense of fun."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "The fall theater season is still young, but Nick Whitby's "To Be or Not to Be" may turn out to be the most unnecessary Broadway production of the year."
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    "Director Casey Nicholaw's poor feel for pacing, flow and transitions, resulting in a production with the lumpy sluggishness of a fatigued road show. But the writing is so pedestrian it's hard to gauge whether more confident handling might have made a difference." & "Serviceable but undistinguished cast."
    David Rooney
    Variety