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Colin Quinn: Long Story Short - Broadway

Saturday Night Live star Colin Quinn brings his one-man show to Broadway, directed by Jerry Seinfeld.


A comic look at the rise and fall of the world’s great empires, Long Story Short starts at the beginning. After a quick takedown of cavemen, Quinn moves through Greeks and Romans (smart guys vs. tough guys) and then trudges into the Dark Ages. He targets, among others, Latin America (Maya, Inca, those pesky conquistadors), the Middle East, the tribes of Africa and moves all the way through to the British Empire (with its longstanding crush on France) and us, the Walmart-loving, Snooki-watching American empire we are today.

Should I See It?

What Is Long Story Short Like?
This 75-minute, one-man show feels like an exquisitely produced and specifically themed night of stand-up comedy—no surprise, given the stand-up background of both Quinn and director Jerry Seinfeld. Quinn ambles up and down a set of mini-amphitheater-esque steps, applying observational humor to the history of humanity, and occasionally employing a video map to direct the audience to the culture he will be dissecting next. In case you’re concerned the show is just an excuse for Quinn to indulge in an hour-plus of ethnic humor, don’t worry: he targets everyone equally.

Is Long Story Short Good For Kids?
Nope! Unless you want your little ones to leave a night on Broadway with a mouth like sailor, this is probably not a show for the kiddies. If your children are of an age where, expletives aren’t an issue, they might have a great time—and even learn something.

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