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

76
Entertaining, Edgy, Great staging, Overrated, Quirky

See it if Anything with al pacino

Don't see it if You expect big show

8
Disappointing

See it if It was so dull. Aside from seeing Al Pacino live, the rest put me on o sleep.

Don't see it if You are looking for compelling drama

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are a Mamet or Pacino fan if you like realistic dialogue and exchange

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Mamet

27
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have a desire to see something bad!

Don't see it if If you thought Pacino was a good actor and Mamet is a good playwright -- Did not even need the first act!!!

100
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You're a David Mamet or Al Pacino fan

Don't see it if You're looking for action & set-changing scenes.

70
Confusing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Pacino did his best

See it if You love Pacino and dig all things Mamet... Good or bad.

Don't see it if You have any romantic illusions about Glengarry Glen Ross.

92
Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you really love Al Pacino

Don't see it if you can't follow a tricky plot.

100
Absorbing

See it if Awesome

Don't see it if must see

67
Cliched, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if you like slow-paced shows or David Mamet. The first act is very slow and a bit tedious. Action picks up in the second act. Al is phenomenal.

Don't see it if you don't like slow-pacing shows. The first act is very slow and a bit tedious. Action picks up in the second act. Al is phenomenal.

74
Disappointing

See it if Al Pacino is practically solo on stage for 2 hours.

Don't see it if You don't like Al Pacino

5
Disappointing, Slow, Boring

See it if This play was awful and disappointing. We expected more from Al Pacino, like remembering his lines. The play was boring.

Don't see it if You can get tickets to see something better.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like Al Pacino and want to see a great performance. The plot is not as bad as I expected. It builds and changes.

Don't see it if story changes but issues are mostly uninteresting themselves. It's not so much how it's written as it is what's being written about.

During previews
50
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Pacino & want to see him on stage. The show has a few entertaining moments but it's not particularly interesting or engaging

Don't see it if You don't like slow moving plays. The majority of Pacino's dialog is spent speaking to people on the phone and not a whole lot happens.

During previews
29
Disappointing, Indulgent, Lazy, Boring, Repetitive

See it if you are obsessed with Al Pacino

Don't see it if expect coherence or thoughtfulness in theatrical writing.

During previews
25
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see Al Pacino

Don't see it if You want to not waste time and money.

During previews
8
Confusing, Insipid, Overrated, Embarrassing

See it if You enjoy seeing great actors embarrass themselves beyond their prime

Don't see it if You value your time and or money

During previews
50
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you adore Al Pacino. The first act goes nowhere. 2nd act at least had some plot points. I love Mamet plays but this one was a major letdown.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Al Pacino's style. That's really all this play has going for it. Sometimes hard to hear him though. See a better play

During previews
25
Excruciating

See it if You like David Mamet and Al Pacino.

Don't see it if You like good theatre.

During previews
6
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You want to see Al Pacino onstage

Don't see it if You want to see an interesting play

During previews
35
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You like al pacino

Don't see it if You want to see a good show

During previews
1
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Boring

See it if You're interested in attempting to hear Al Pacino whisper upstage into a cell phone for 2 hours. However, the set is beautiful.

Don't see it if You want to easily understand what's going on (the actual text or the plot). Nearly the entire show is the only two characters on the phone.

During previews
1
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are looking to take a nap. Seriously, been going to theatre for 30+ years and this was the first time I have ever dozed off....

Don't see it if hard to say but maybe if on your bucket list before you die is to see "Pacino live." That would be about it.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to witness a greät actor dominate a stage.

Don't see it if You don't like Mr. Pacino.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if ....you want to see a great performance by Al Pacino.

Don't see it if ...if you want an elaborate production.

During previews
88
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love Al Pacino

Don't see it if You are expecting a great Mamet play


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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