Fool For Love
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Fool For Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(174 Reviews)
Positive
62%
Mixed
25%
Negative
13%
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.

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Member Reviews (174)

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939 Reviews | 224 Followers
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

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
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. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
90
Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if see more

Don't see it if see more Read more

473 Reviews | 714 Followers
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.

291 Reviews | 705 Followers
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.

Nic
386 Reviews | 84 Followers
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.

273 Reviews | 473 Followers
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.

302 Reviews | 82 Followers
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 Read more

Critic Reviews (58)

The New York Times
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 has been measured, sifted and distilled to create the most potent combination conceivable. When I saw an earlier version of this production, I figured it couldn’t get much better. I was wrong."
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Time Out New York
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 Arianda who most strike the sparks, blow on the embers and get the fire raging."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 perfect."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Entertainment Weekly
October 8th, 2015

"The slamming, which produces a stereo boom you can feel in your organs, eventually becomes rote and numbing. As does much else in this staunch, uninvolving production, which features tempestuous performers in Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, but offers them not much more than glum platitudes on bad romance...The feeling nags that this was a production simply too small for Broadway. "
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Variety
October 8th, 2015

" This may not be the definitive production of this iconic play, but director Daniel Aukin has done a thoroughly professional job...And if laid-back Rockwell and body-conscious Arianda don’t quite have their acts together, Shepard is served well enough to satisfy his fan base."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 8th, 2015

"Ms. Arianda has returned to Broadway in 'Fool for Love.' It is fully worthy of her gifts, and the results are—almost literally—explosive. I wish Arianda had worked harder on her accent, but that doesn’t matter too much: Every other part of her performance is scaldingly, unimpeachably real...The explosion occurs offstage shortly before the end of the play, and even if you know 'Fool for Love' going in, I guarantee it’ll take you by surprise. That’s how good this revival is."
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Deadline
October 16th, 2015

"The two stars are superb in Daniel Aukin’s straightforward production but I still think that they’re acting in different shows. They throw off plenty of heat — but not at each other, and that’s fatal to a play that insists we believe in the intensity of the relationship."
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