Appropriate (Broadway)
Ends Jun 2024 2h 30m
Appropriate (Broadway)
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Appropriate (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(1698 Ratings)
Positive
95%
Mixed
2%
Negative
3%
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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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98 Reviews | 29 Followers
100
Dark humor, Must see, Great staging, Great directing, Great acting

See it if you want to be carried away by family dysfunction with dark humor and an incredible cast. Everyone shines in this incredible production!!!

Don't see it if just go see it, you will not be disappointed!

290 Reviews | 184 Followers
97
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The acting and story content were phenomenal. I see a lot of plays and this was my fave so far this year. The stage design was excellent.

Don't see it if I had a bit of trouble hearing some of the performers when their voices went into the low range. Trigger warnings - pedophilia, racism

69 Reviews | 3 Followers
95
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an entertaining story, with amazing acting and great performances that will make you think.

Don't see it if you are triggered by or sensitive to anti-semisitm, racism, and references to pedophilia.

365 Reviews | 109 Followers
91
I'll jump on the bandwagon, this play is great

See it if you're a fan of plays about dysfunctional families. On the other hand, see it even if you aren't a fan. It will win you over.

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted romp. Read more

125 Reviews | 47 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Funny, Absorbing

See it if for a thought provoking night which deals with difficult subject matter in an intelligent and often funny way. GREAT performances.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to difficult family situation and fighting.

183 Reviews | 16 Followers
90
Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you like a dark depressing story involving a dysfunctional family with hidden secrets. Well done/cast was excellent

Don't see it if You do not like family turmoil. It is a long play almost 3 hours. The first act moved. The second act was slow.

177 Reviews | 36 Followers
88
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about a dysfunctional family performed by the incredible Sarah Paulson and a cast that really shines.

Don't see it if Everyone should try and see this incredible night of theater. You will be glad you did.

230 Reviews | 54 Followers
85
Funny, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want an incredibly acted family framed. Paulson, Stoll, & Esper are excellent.

Don't see it if You want light/fluffy entertainment or are looking for a brief evening. It’s a dense 2 acts.

Critic Reviews (29)

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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