Appropriate (Broadway)
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Appropriate (Broadway)
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Appropriate (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(1585 Ratings)
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95%
Mixed
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Negative
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining

The Lafayette family faces past secrets during an estate settlement in this darkly comic drama.

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536 Reviews | 155 Followers
100
Powerful, Ambitious, Absorbing, Tour de force acting, Brilliant

See it if You want to see THE best heavy family relationships drama in a NY theatre now !

Don't see it if It is almost 3 hours long with 1 intermission.

150 Reviews | 22 Followers
100
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if A new American classic. Thoughtful family drama exploring prejudice, family secrets and tensions. Outstanding writing and acting!

Don't see it if you don't want to consider our country's history of slavery or if your are not a fan of family dramas.

172 Reviews | 31 Followers
100
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Incredible performances all around.

Don't see it if It’s an incredibly written play with plenty of layers. What’s not to love.

58 Reviews | 21 Followers
100
Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Honest and absorbing family story dealing with dark history. The play Appropriate was mesmerizing and had all the right feels.

Don't see it if Just see it. It will definitely be a classic. Dramatic monologues had a Tennessee William cat on a hot tin roof feel. Read more

205 Reviews | 66 Followers
100
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great actors at the top of their game telling the story of a Southern dysfunctional family

Don't see it if You don’t like plays and prefer musical

KG
124 Reviews | 10 Followers
99
Must see, Absorbing, Intense, Great ensemble, Unique

See it if You enjoy watching great writing performed by an excellent cast. Quirky, serious but witty, thought-provoking, absorbing, relatable.

Don't see it if you can't accept difficult family disfunction and conflict. Characters are not likable or empathetic.

741 Reviews | 325 Followers
99
By the end you know you've seen a new am classic, Extraord powerful play by branden jacobs-jenkins

See it if electrifying family drama full of mordant humor; brilliantly exposes legacy white appropriation of blk lives/identity; uniformly fine cast

Don't see it if you can’t tolerate the message: the uncovering of a white family's dark secrets reveals the ugliness of America Read more

1127 Reviews | 328 Followers
98
Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like great drama with excellent sound and lighting that makes you think as you come to know characters who deal with current issues.

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of dialogue that includes attacking each other based on assumption and deeds of the past, finding forgiveness difficult

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
December 18th, 2023

CRITIC’S PICK: “...Neugebauer’s direction, which is so smart and swift for most of the play’s substantial length that you feel gripped by storytelling without being strangled by argument.”
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New York Theatre Guide
December 19th, 2023

“The sound design, by Bray Poor and Will Pickens, transports audiences into the sweltering discomfort of the South with the overpowering sound of the cicadas that continue throughout the show. ‘Appropriate’ is well worth the buzz.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 18th, 2023

“Neugebauer is doing fine work with the whole ensemble, and Paulson and Stoll provide a supercharged core.”
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The Wall Street Journal
December 21st, 2023

"This being a drama firmly grounded in the hallowed miserable-American-family tradition, by the conclusion all the secrets have tumbled out, and the ugly bones of long-held resentments have been picked over. And over, and over—the play runs nearly three hours."
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Deadline
December 18th, 2023

“...’Appropriate’ provides an ending that’s remarkable in its emotional force and stunning in its stagecraft. Neugebauer, Jacobs-Jenkins and their very fine cast resurrect the spirits of history and leave them abandoned, clamorous, implacable and going nowhere anytime soon.”
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Variety
December 18th, 2023

“The story holds together with incredible performances from the entire cast...Racist histories and artifacts are appalling, of course, but it’s the unwillingness to discuss the past that allows these prejudices to fester across generations. These beliefs not only continue to suffocate us as a society but are also wreaking havoc on the lives of families like the Lafayettes every day.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 19th, 2023

“...funny and sophisticated. The jokes are biting and some lines are impressively abrasive. But it edges away from the satire. Neugebauer’s fine direction instead leans into the acid drama of fraught sibling relationships. The play treats each character’s plight with an earnest consideration. There’s a more reflective, tragicomic stance as it considers what happens to families afraid to confront the past.”
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The Observer
December 19th, 2023

“Clearly relishing their juicy roles, the dream cast has been impeccably directed by Lila Neugebauer, who burnishes the comedy and cruelty to a bright sheen. Her production would not cohere and hurtle as it does without its superbly unified design.”
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