Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

China Doll

From 141 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating

About the show

Al Pacino returns to Broadway in a limited run of a new play by David Mamet about big money, fast planes, a beautiful woman, and other objects of desire. More…

'China Doll' is a play about a wealthy man, his young fiancée, and an airplane. The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for his girl. He intends to walk away from it all with her, go into semi-retirement, and enjoy himself. He's in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his assistant. He takes one last phone call...

1h 25m | Already closed | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (141)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Excruciating
48
Avg Score

45
Opaque, Boring, Tedious, Confusing, Unengaging

See it if you've always wanted to see Al Pacino make a lot of phone calls.

Don't see it if you can't handle a SUPER slow burn for a SUPER small payoff.

72
Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You love Mamet, even at his weakest, or will see anything with Pacino.

Don't see it if You disliked Mamet's last few plays.

55
Dizzying, Edgy, Intense

See it if You are an Al Pacino fan ! This is close to being a monologue.

Don't see it if You only want to see a traditionally constructed play.

48
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You want to see Pacino looking like a homeless person in expensive clothes.

Don't see it if You want to understand what's going on, get value for your $ or be engaged by the story.

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Underrated

See it if This is hardly a masterpiece, but it wasn't as bad as people made it out. I saw it late in the run and it held my interest. Pacino was good.

Don't see it if This will be looked back on as a total flop and failure. But at least that makes this unremarkable play memorable now.

52
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see Al Pacino on stage

Don't see it if any but Al Pacino is doing the role. It was clearly written for him and only him. Not much of a show in gereral

10
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to see Al Pacino have a one-sided conversation for two hours straight.

Don't see it if you want to see a compelling, complex play.

5
Confusing, Slow, Horrible writing, Makes no sense, Disappointing

See it if you really, really, REALLY love Al Pacino.

Don't see it if You want a very slow show. The WHOLE show has no real plot. You want to see Al fall asleep on stage and barley hear him. DON'T WASTE MONEY.

56
Disappointing

See it if are a huge Al Pacino fan & need to see him on stage.

Don't see it if you are looking for an exciting time at the theatre. Play runs flat, David Mamet did not do Al Pacino any justice or favors with this play

57
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Must see, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of Al Pacino you are a David Mamet completist you are a playwright (as a case study for what can go wrong from page-to-stage)

Don't see it if you are a fan of Al Pacino

5
Banal, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if .................you want to waste 2 hours and $100?

Don't see it if you have any sense.

60
Make it stop

See it if You heard the terrible reviews and still need to see Pacino live. Bucket list item ✅ The majority of the dialogue is delivered into a phone

Don't see it if Unless you have to see Pacino live.. The play itself is kinda awful though I am in Finance and really appreciated the compliance plot point

40
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you love watching Al Pacino chew scenery

Don't see it if you hate watching Al Pacino chew scenery. That's all this play is: Al at his biggest and most over the top.

35
Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are looking for a loose plot.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

52
Indulgent, Mediocre mamet, But not the full-on trainwreck i was expecting based on the reviews

See it if You're a Mamet completist or Pacino obsessive and can get a discounted ticket. It's not good, but not unwatchable either.

Don't see it if You're expecting prime Mamet.

45
Original, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like al pacino.

Don't see it if you want to understand what's going on.

23
Banal

See it if Don't. Perhaps the worst show that Mamet has written. He gives us a terrible character whom Pacino has embodied and expanded on.

Don't see it if See above.

25
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are an Al Pacino fan. Al is still in fine form. Unfortunately, even a great actor like him cannot overcome the writing.

Don't see it if like a well constructed play, as this is not.

74
Clever, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you want to see an incredible one man performance !

Don't see it if not open minded to a cleverly stage play

67
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Original

See it if A slow story not worthy of Al Pacino. He talks on phone the whole time

Don't see it if If you are looking for this legend to shine

39
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you like Al Pacino and would like to waste 2 hours of your life

Don't see it if you like Al Pacino and don't want to waste your time seeing him mumble into a phone in a plot-less tirade

25
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal

See it if You've never seen Al Pacino on stage and must cross that one off your bucket list.

Don't see it if You want to see an actual play, because this certainly is not that.

7
Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you like Al P no matter what.

Don't see it if you want to hear what is being said on stage and stay awake.

55
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You die to see Al Pacino.

Don't see it if It annoys you when a decently put together show somehow doesn't work.

79
Ambitious

See it if You are a Pacino fan. It's about two 45 minute acts of dialogue. There is 1 other actor w a few lines to break up the monotony. It's Mamet!

Don't see it if You expect glitz and glam. This show is led by Pacino & one must follow closely to understand the dialogue.


December 3rd, 2015
"Christopher Denham is the most underpaid actor on Broadway…He is onstage for almost the entire show. So is — pause for ominous silence — Al Pacino. Now please cue sound effects of chalk scratching on countless blackboards and the ping, ping, ping of an endlessly dripping faucet, and you have som...
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December 3rd, 2015
"Two hours of bullshit....Have you ever had the desire to watch Pacino at home, arguing with AppleCare Plus? You are in luck...'China Doll' offers the sad spectacle of two world-class artists turning in their lamest work. The play is crammed with backstory and padded with an interminable series o...
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December 3rd, 2015
"The story is rigged to make Mickey, of all people, a victim…As the basis of a drama it’s disastrous...How much can one care about the machinations of the super-rich…? Perhaps what Mamet is getting at is hubris, the self-knowledge that comes only when it can do no good. If so, the production, cle...
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December 3rd, 2015
"A smug but pointless exercise stretched over two hours and enlivened only by the occasional incisive political zinger…This is a far-fetched scenario whose scant credibility escapes it like air out of an unknotted balloon, landing with a splat in a preposterous ending that doesn’t work at all… Al...
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