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236 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Formerly Plymouth Theater

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Ended 6 Jun 2010 after 3 months

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The opening image of Christopher Walken is such a perfect, demented marriage of character and environment that you can't help grinning like a fool.

Ben Brantley

Closed 6 Jun 2010
Avg. Customer Review (3.7 Stars):
Number of Reviews: 8
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52 of 102 people found the following review helpful:
One Mans' Hand is Anothers' Broadway Hit,
Feb 14, 2010
reviewer: from Glen Ridge, NJ
What is it about Christopher Walken that holds you in a a state of uncertainty and danger one minute, then with a subtle jesture and something else to say, allows you to laugh out loud? It's the dream team of a Martin McDonagh, whose genius playwriting funnels sharp, edgy, "lol" dialog with a new age macabre along with the unassuming, yet powerful presence of a superb actor, Walken. McDonagh hit it out of the park with his cast of four, Walken, Anthony Mackie, Sam Rockwell & Zoe Kazan in, "A Behanding in Spokane". I procliam it to be Broadways' new, dark comedy, smash hit! Parents keep your kiddies home for this one but if Mom has, or appreciates a twisted/wicked sense of humor she'll be sure to laugh out loud with you!
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63 of 118 people found the following review helpful:
Ur ine for a good cause,
Feb 17, 2010
reviewer: from Cincinnati, OH
If you're going to whine about potty breaks or potty mouths, go see Lion King. If, instead, you want Mr. Walken in his finest hour, you should take my seat at the Schoefeld, or perhaps the seat next to Ms Judith Light (front row, center, looking fabulous). She, as well as, Ms Johansson (whom had graciously allowed a personal photo of her beauty on the Ellis Island Ferry earlier that day), and 99.9% of the rest of the audience (including me, a native Chicagoan, who jokes about stalkin' Walken and dreams of dancing with the King of New York) were laughing our asses off with such quick containment in order not to miss the next moment of brilliant writing, impeccable timing and unparalleled acting that we could not have cared less had urine flowed to a collective pool.


I've held urine for much longer periods of time, for much less nobler causes.


And, audience exit was at an incline, now wasn't it?


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45 of 92 people found the following review helpful:
A Behanding in Spokane,
Mar 29, 2010
reviewer: from Manchester, England
I queued up for "Rush Tickets" for that days performance after being told by my New York cousin to get some tickets for this play although he didn`t know what it was about but had heard some good things. To my surprise I discovered that Mr Walken was in it. We got the tickets which were just over $25 with a "restricted view" The said view was from a private box! The play itself was superb!I laughed from beginning to end and Mr Walken did not disappoint. He was Spellbinding. I have not stopped talking about the experience since my return to the UK. It was something that I won`t forget and topped off my trip to the States. My wife, cousin and his wife all felt the same. I would not recommend it for young children due to the amount of swearing.
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49 of 96 people found the following review helpful:
a great night out,
Mar 05, 2010
reviewer: from Leiden, the Netherlands
Knowing beforehand that I had one free night in New York while on tour with my orchestra,(the Rotterdam Philharmonic)I particularly chose this play because of M McDonagh and Christopher Walken's names.Maybe because I do not live in the US, I had a very different experience than the other reviewers I have read here. Firstly, it never crossed my mind that a 1.5 hour sit would put any strain on my bladder(but then, we Europeans don't walk around with water bottles grafted onto our palms).Secondly,the racist banter uttered in the context of this quasi'theater of the absurd' piece refreshingly took the mickey out of the revolting political correctness clouding people's thoughts.Frankly,I laughed a lot and was amazed by Walken's and Anthony Mackie's timing and engaging performances.Also the set is wondrous!One criticism,Zoe Kazan screams a bit too often with too little variation.I wish my son could have seenthis play.What a lesson in the creation of dialogue and its delivery.Many thanks.
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45 of 92 people found the following review helpful:
funny play, rude ushers,
Apr 20, 2010
reviewer: from UK
I had read that the ushers in this theatre were rude and lacking in charm, and this is very true. The usher seemed to be interested in bullying patrons to their seats. We were looking for our seats, when an usher came up behind us and said "can you move along and not stand there?" When we asked if our mezzanine seats were up a set of stairs, she said " yes, of course, didn't you hear me yelling that's where they were?". I replied that I do not respond to someone yelling at me. This theatre really needs to look at its customer service, as it creates a very bad impression.


The play iteself is rude, funny, improbable, farcical, but a food night out if you can take profanity.
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