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Oh, Hello on Broadway

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Oh, Hello on Broadway Summary

    Show Status: Closed Genre: Play Oh, Hello on Broadway is 1.5 Hours long, including an intermission of None 8 Shows per week Previews Began: September 23, 2016 Show Opened: October 10, 2016 Show Closed: January 22, 2017

Oh, Hello on Broadway is a comedy special performed by the duo of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. For about a decade, this comedy team has been performing a rendition of Oh, Hello, in which Kroll and Mulaney play two 70-something year-old New Yorkers who kibitz and love tuna fish. The characters played by Kroll and Mulaney are respectively named Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland.

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These comedians are both making their Broadway debuts with this show, but they are very well known in television and comedy circles. Nick Kroll is best known for “Kroll Show” on Comedy Central, as well as for playing Rodney Ruxin on The League on FXX. John Mulaney served on the writing team of NBC’s Saturday Night Live for six seasons, starting in 2008, and also appeared on the show in such segments as “Weekend Update.” In addition, he created and starred in a semi-autobiographical show on Fox called Mulaney, which aired in the fall to winter of 2014-2015. As if their star power wasn’t enough, the show is directed by a Broadway darling, Alex Timbers, whose Broadway directorial credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher, and the upcoming stage adaptation of Frozen. After all, in reviewing their Off-Broadway production in 2015, Ben Brantley of the New York Times remarked that the duo, like their tuna, is best enjoyed in large doses.

What’s Oh, Hello on Broadway Like?

Oh, Hello has been delighting audiences all over the nation for years. More recently, the show had a New York production at the 92nd St Y in 2015, followed by a show in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. These successful outings were followed by a sold-out run at the Off-Broadway theatre, The Cherry Lane. After that, the two took to the road and went on national tour with Oh, Hello. The Broadway production may be somewhat evolved from these earlier incarnations, but there are promises that many of the favorite segments will remain. For instance, one bit called “Too Much Tuna” involves the audience coming onstage to receive enormous quantities of tuna fish. The hilarity of being given tuna fish is only overcome by the ridiculous characters embodied by these 30-somethings playing septuagenarians. In taking over the Lyceum Theatre, these brilliant comedians are able to reach a larger audience.

Is Oh, Hello on Broadway Good for Kids?

The show is most appropriate for children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.

Oh, Hello on Broadwa y is a comedy special performed by the duo of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. For about a decade, this comedy team has been performing a rendition of Oh, Hello , in which Kroll and Mulaney play two 70-something year-old New Yorkers who kibitz and love tuna fish. The characters…

Broadway reviews: “Heisenberg” grates, but “Oh, Hello” charms

Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker star in the comedy-drama “Heisenberg,” now playing on Broadway at the Samuel Friedman Theatre (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Cutesy, quirky and never especially believable, Simon Stephens’ comedy-drama “Heisenberg” — newly opened on Broadway at the Samuel Friedman Theatre — is like the theatrical equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie, minus the elaborate set design. (The only props here are two utilitarian chairs and tables.) “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker plays an eccentric American who strikes up a romance with a 75-year-old butcher (Denis Arndt), whom she meets by chance in a London train station. Never before married, the butcher comes to vibrant life at the promise of late-in-life love — even as this woman’s motives become increasingly suspicious.

Parker acts up a storm (she’s all anxious tics and mile-a-minute patter), while Arndt takes a more restrained approach — but neither ever fully convinces us that these characters’ behavior is rooted in any recognizable reality. Just as in Anderson’s movies, these aren’t people so much as props being manipulated by their author to create a mood and affect. You either go for this sort of thing and find it endearingly odd, or fast grow weary of it. Even though “Heisenberg” is directed with efficiency by Mark Brokaw (“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella”) and has its share of smart, charming dialogue, I grew weary.

For a more broadly enjoyable — if vastly different — two-performer show, consider checking out “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” which opened earlier this week at the Lyceum Theater. Basically an extended “Saturday Night Live” sketch, “Oh, Hello” stars thirtysomething comics John Mulaney and Nick Kroll as seventysomething roommates George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, a pair of Upper West Side bachelors with delusions of grandeur and an inexplicable propensity for dropping their vowels. (Kroll and Mulaney first played these characters in comedy clubs before they appeared on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”; this stage show originally premiered off-Broadway last December.)

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney play lifelong friends and bachelors Gil and George in the comedy show “Oh, Hello on Broadway,” now playing at the Lyceum Theatre (Photo by Joan Marcus)

There is something resembling a plot here: failed novelist George has written an autobiographical play-within-a-play for failed actor Gil about their struggles to pay the rent after their apartment loses its rent control status. Or something like that. Mostly, the story is just an excuse for Mulaney and Kroll to bring these off-the-wall characters to life, and to riff on various indignities and absurdities of modern life. (Why is it that there seems to be an entire aisle of Duane Reade devoted to water guns?)

None of this is especially memorable, but it is very entertaining, especially given the duo’s knack for improvisation. “Oh, Hello” incorporates visits from special guests (the night I saw the show, it was MSNBC anchor Willie Geist), and Mulaney and Kroll occasionally pause to address audience members who make the mistake of sneezing or, even worse, getting up to use the bathroom. They appear to be having a blast putting on old man makeup and ill-fitting corduroys and trying to make each other laugh. Their spirited silliness proves infectious.

Broadway reviews: “Heisenberg” grates, but “Oh, Hello” charms Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker star in the comedy-drama “Heisenberg,” now playing on Broadway at the Samuel Friedman Theatre ]]>