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Fool For Love

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Overrated

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Sam Shepard's classic play, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda; former lovers holed up in a seedy motel unpack deep, dark secrets and desires of their tangled relationship. More…

May and Eddie have both been fools in and out of love. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) and Sam Rockwell bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard's landmark myth of the new Wild West. A remount of the 2014 Williamstown Theatre Festival production.


Member Reviews (174)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing, Overrated
71
Avg Score

50
Disappointing, Edgy, Insipid, Intense, Overrated

See it if you love Sam Shepard. I found the script insipid and horrifying. I didn't enjoy the performances. FFL was a miss for me.

Don't see it if you want intelligent, insightful, engaging theater. Shocking plot for its own sake. Ugh.

40
Indulgent, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you have a subscription to MTC

Don't see it if you like well acted, relevant plays.

15
Boring, Dull, Poor acting, Slow, Pointless

See it if You like slow moving stories that are dated and have been done before.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained or enjoy yourself at the theater.

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Good acting. Good sh er pardon story. Creative set and lighting.

Don't see it if If you dont like a serious drama. If you want a comedy

41
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Even for $5, this was brutal

Don't see it if Wish I knew better before I went in.

86
Compelling, Sexy, Volatile, Intimate, Uneven script

See it if you want to see some gripping performances in an explosive, flawed modern classic.

Don't see it if Shepard writing at the height of his macho style does not thrill you.

Also (This is the ACTORS STUDIO production of November 2018.) All the perfo... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if see more

Don't see it if see more

Also A powerful cast in a powerful production at ACTOR'S Studio (Nov 2018) ... Read more Read less

73
Atmospheric, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're into moody, atmospheric shows with solid performances.

Don't see it if you want something light.

66
Raunchy, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Dated

See it if You love Sam Shepard and haven't seen this.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch a couple fight violently for the entire play. The theater er was too big for most recent revival.

68
Great acting, Slow, Romantic, Intense, Overrated

See it if You love Sam Shepard and dark dramas.

Don't see it if You're not a Shepard fan and can't stand slowly paced, small-cast plays.

40
Disappointing, Overrated, Listless, Lacks energy, Dull

See it if you enjoy watching Sam Rockwell act. He is the only reason to see this production.

Don't see it if you like more energy in your theatre. Also, not a great choice for MTC's aged audience.

47
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you need to see everything sam does, like I do

Don't see it if if you expect normal great sam. this play is missing a little bit in every area. I have not had any luck with MTC show. I only liked one

65
Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Slow

See it if you are a big Sam Shepard fan.

Don't see it if overwrought tales of not very interesting people don't float your boat.

72
Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if you're a Shepard fan and enjoy small ensemble character driven shows with a dark undertone.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about adult situations or impatient with a slow build and lots of elliptical dialogue.

68
Quirky, Overrated, Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if Enjoy great acting and like Sam Shepherd's style

Don't see it if You hate being challenged by confusing material

82
Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you'd enjoy a brilliantly acted character-driven piece about loving the wrong person.

Don't see it if you get annoyed with characters who refuse to get over themselves and get out of their own way.

72
Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intense, Riveting, Electric

See it if you want to see a drama with electric energy and dynamic connection between the actors.

Don't see it if you want a show where all loose ends are tied up by the end. It was a bit confusing.

100
Must see, Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite, Iconic

See it if you crave nearly first-hand immersion in emotional, relationship, and moral conflict in theatre, an experience that will haunt you longtime

Don't see it if you would rather sit opposite your son after Thanksgiving dinner watching football on tv than listen to him express his goals, dreams, loves

Also This play and the actors’ expert performances left me in tears. Sam Sh... Read more Read less

90
Sam shepard!, Absorbing, Taut drama, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if You like Shepard's work, like his characters and their personal struggles. You want to see intense theater.

Don't see it if On stage anger, rage, scares you. You want something light.

60
Peculiar, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like either of the two lead actors.

Don't see it if you prefer plausible characters.

69
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you are a huge fan of Sam Rockwell and/or Nina Arianda and must see them on stage. Also see if your a fan of Sam Shepherd's work

Don't see it if you are looking for a story with more to it.

82
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if you love Sam Shepard and great acting! When Shepard isn't done well it's painful but this revival with stunning performances was intense.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Shepard and his darker take on American life.

88
Absorbing, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to experience echt sam shepard performed by a brilliant cast.

Don't see it if you want something fluffy, unserious or undemanding

95
Great acting, Crackling energy, Great staging, Exquisite, Riveting

See it if Want to see Nina and Sam play emotional scales from top to bottom seamlessly and authentically. Their every pose and expression riveted me

Don't see it if I guess if you're bothered by tempestuous relationships. I don't understand the "dated" complaints - tight play, perfectly done. See it!

45
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you like stars in dumb plays

Don't see it if u want a good evening in the theater.


October 8th, 2015
"Love as a battlefield on which nobody wins has seldom been mapped as thrillingly as it is in Daniel Aukin’s definitive revival of this bruising drama. Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell exude the sort of chemistry from which nuclear meltdowns are made. Every ingredient that’s gone into this offering ...
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October 8th, 2015
"Daniel Aukin’s painterly diorama production benefits from key support from a fine Tom Pelphrey as May’s bemused beau and Gordon Joseph Weiss as a spectral old-timer who may have fathered both fractious lovers (there’s a whisper of Greek tragedy amidst the tumbleweeds). But it’s Rockwell and Aria...
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October 8th, 2015
"When the withholding and revelation are handled as adroitly as they are in Daniel Aukin’s terrific staging, 'Fool for Love' acquires the force of Greek tragedy...The production, already excellent when presented at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, has only improved. Physically, it is just about...
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October 8th, 2015
"Aukin and his actors hit all the right beats, punctuating the sexually charged action with the loud slamming of doors and bodies. But the heat only occasionally rises above a simmer, and despite all the tequila being gulped onstage, the whole thing feels a tad too correct."
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