Tales From the Tunnel OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • TM

  • TIME OUT

  • TALKIN' BWAY

Opening Night:
July 25, 2010
Closing:
October 3, 2010

Theater: Bleecker Street Theatre / 45 Bleecker Street, New York, New York, 10012

Synopsis: 

Tales From the Tunnel tracks the hilarious, outrageous and over the top true experiences that happen to all of us on the subway. From wackos and hook-ups to culture differences and that sly pinch, Tales From the Tunnel is a funny ride that tells quintessential New York stories. Experience the "did that just really happen?" situations that most New Yorkers Facebook about as soon as they get off the train - provided that they don't get stuck in the closing doors.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Tales From the Tunnel

    Odors and Oddities of the Underground

    Daniel M. Gold

    August 8, 2010: As a topic for crowdsourcing, there could hardly be a better subject than New York’s subways. Who doesn’t have a story, or 10, to tell about something they’ve seen or someone they’ve been jammed next to down under?

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Tales From the Tunnel

    Tales From the Tunnel

    Dan Bacalzo

    August 9, 2010: New Yorkers are sure to be laughing in recognition at Tales From the Tunnel, currently playing the Bleecker Street Theatre following a successful run at last year's New York International Fringe Festival. Based on hundreds of interviews with riders and subway workers that were conducted by writers-directors Troy Diana and James Valletti, the piece is an entertaining and occasionally heartfelt collection of stories that are brought to life by a terrific six-person ensemble cast.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Tales From the Tunnel

    Tales From the Tunnel

    Pamela Newton

    August 9, 2010: In Tales from the Tunnel, originally performed in last year’s Fringe Festival, six gratingly cheerful actors caper around the stage in matching MTA T-shirts, like the Mouseketeers of public transit, reenacting subway happenings. Purportedly culled from interviews with real straphangers, these tales seem more fantastical than historical, equal parts urban legend (he’s not sleeping, he’s dead!), caricature (a stuffy Madison Avenue matron who deigns to mix with the plebes) and gross-out contest (remember when that crazy lady defecated on my shoe?). If there weren’t so much urine, feces and public sex in this material, it could be repackaged as a zany Nickelodeon show for urban tweens.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF Tales From the Tunnel

    Tales from the Tunnel

    Matthew Murray

    August 9, 2010: A play about the New York City subway must be really sure of itself if it dares to start by subjecting you to an omnipresent saxophonist, a panhandler who “earns” his money by singing “This Little Light of Mine” and shaking a cup of change, and a schoolgirl selling candy to raise money for her high school uniforms. Yet Tales from the Tunnel, which just opened at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, has every reason to be confident. These opening events may be enough to send experienced transit riders screaming away into the night, but the show itself is much more entertaining than your average (or above-average) ride on the N train.

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