Fool For Love
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Fool For Love

Fool For Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

(174 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (174)

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302 Reviews | 87 Followers
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

96 Reviews | 25 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Must see, Romantic

See it if You like to see great plays

Don't see it if You don't understand good writing

178 Reviews | 281 Followers
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!

95 Reviews | 28 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Romantic

See it if you want to see a pair of marvelous performances in a deceptively experimental, challenging, and wild play about obsession and family

Don't see it if the cowboy mythos does nothing for you

77 Reviews | 37 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Masterful, Original

See it if you want to see great stars in the show

Don't see it if you are not into plays

58 Reviews | 31 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like Sam Shephard, Sam Rockwell, and Nina Arianda.

Don't see it if you are looking for a spectacle.

506 Reviews | 1005 Followers
Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent

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273 Reviews | 200 Followers
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.

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 Theatre Guide
October 8th, 2015

"This postmodern absurdist period piece, impeccably staged by director Daniel Aukin, provides the kind of thrill you get from watching a well-executed building demolition. We see each explosive put into place, each timer set, so that when the inevitable implosion finally occurs, you marvel at the controlled devastation."
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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 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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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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New York Daily News
October 8th, 2015

"Rockwell delivers the goods — and so does costar Nina Arianda — in Broadway’s combustible revival of 'Fool for Love...' Daniel Aukin directs a well-paced production and guides the cast to juicy performances."
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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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