Ends Mar 01 | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Grand Horizons

From 378 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

About the show

Bess Wohl's new play for Second Stage explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love. More…

From the show:

Bill and Nancy have spent fifty full years as husband and wife. They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other's every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. 

2h 15m | Ends Mar 01 | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (378)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing
81
Avg Score

91
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy thoughtful funny looks at family dynamics surrounding very real circumstances. Great cast. Great set. Very well directed.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are heavy on dialogue. There’s not a lot of action here (save for one very dramatic moment). It’s a good script.

79
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if A very good sit com type play. Raucous comedy with a serious tone as well. All the actors were very good. Great set, lighting and direction.

Don't see it if If you dont like comedy.

79
Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent, Great staging, Funny

See it if Wohl's dissection of love & marriage is an uneasy mix of sit-com vs dark black comedy Top notch performances (esp leads) elevate material

Don't see it if Despite Sliverman's attentive staging, comedy veers wildly between the banal & the poignant & never quite gets beneath the surface emotions

84
Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if if you are a fan of Beth Wohl or any of the cast, enjoy modern family comedies on a subject seldom presented, like great curtain scenes

Don't see it if topic seems a little too frothy for you, want subject explored more seriously, petulant adult children disturb you, don't like divorce tales

79
Needs tightening, Great staging, Mostly good acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if caving marriage story told in a comedic fashion; Alexander and Cromwell are wonderful as usual; interesting topic with unusual delivery.

Don't see it if want depth to story w/great potential; Urie is his usual over the top but lovable; Lopez is a charicature & McKenzie seems uncomfortable.

Also I would have appreciated a more serious approach mixed with the comedy... Read more Read less

71
Raunchy, Good cast, It's a golden girls episode, Dated

See it if Want to see Alexander/Cromwell perform or enjoy dysfunctional families w frank discussion about their sex lives. There's a few laughs.

Don't see it if Want depth, sharp writing, char dev or expect to see Urie play a "new" role. At the time, I needed the escape. In retrospect, not so hot.

93
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if This could be on Broadway! Loved it.

Don't see it if Cannot think of a reason not to see this.

93
Well written, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like actors who know what they are doing and do it extremely well.Wohl is a terrific writer.Great direction.Interesting look at marriage

Don't see it if you only like big brassy musicals.Other than that there is NO reason to not see this show.Terrific script, great direction, brilliant acting

82
Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if a sometimes very funny serio-comic look at a very confused family with excellent acting ( esp Alexander & Cromwell) & some poignant moments.

Don't see it if some overly broad comic bits & not very incisive, but for the most part, very enjoyable.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you’d enjoy a family comedy-drama that actually ISN’T pretentious (something of a rarity on Broadway.) We enjoyed it from start to finish.

Don't see it if you dislike good theater?

Also One of Second Stage’s best efforts since their run in the Helen Hayes ... Read more Read less

86
A bit sitcom-ish, Surprising act 1 ending, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if You are a fan of any of these fine actors, especially Urie, or if you just want to give yourself over to being entertained and to laughing.

Don't see it if Family drama isn't your favorite form of entertainment, even when heavily peppered with humor. It is a bit sitcomish, but that's not bad!

Also First of all, this is not Chekhov, nor does it aspire to be. It's abou... Read more Read less

95
Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like shows that focus on family relationships and how messy and misunderstandings can brew for years.

Don't see it if You want to see a happy light hearted play. This one goes through a lifetime of emotions. Many that can be uncomfortable to watch.

79
Refreshing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if focus on a senior couple without focus on typical senior issues. a mix of comedy and issues. well acted. action keeps moving forward.

Don't see it if want either a comedy or a drama as this is a mix. needs to go one way or the other. a bit disappointed compared to her earlier shows.

75
Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like to see good acting, albeit in a story that seems hysterical at times. The topic of late divorce is relevant but the script is weak.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see cliched reactions to family events.

83
Family dramedy with sexual themes, Alexander, cromwell & urie are terrific., More of "a hoot" than anticipated, Some odd pacing and direction, Talented and entertaining cast

See it if Are looking for family-based levity. Want to see fine aggravating great time with some fun material.

Don't see it if Offended by frank talk of sex. Want action rather than dialogue.

83
Resonant, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an off-beat tale of the last gasps of a 50-year marriage; you are comfortable with ambiguous endings

Don't see it if you are uninterested in the lives of people older than 50; you will mind occasional melodrama and overacting

Also I went into this show with absolutely no expectations and was very ple... Read more Read less

90
Touching, Profound, Must see, Great direction, Funny

See it if a touching, tragicomic family drama surfacing family lies and touches on the nature of love, family, and passion. Especially in old age.

Don't see it if family drama isn't your thing. Despite feeling quite modern and up-to-date, it does entertain the sensibility of previous decades of drama.

Also I've been thinking about this play a lot ever since I saw it. Despite ... Read more Read less

86
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if An all-name cast, led by Jane Alexander. Poignant reflection on time, marriage love and loss. Ghosts in the closet. Well crafted.

Don't see it if Nothing revelatory.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want the joy of seeing a dynamite cast in a beautifully written play; you love seeing Bess Wohl's writing come to life

Don't see it if you only like musicals; you can't get tickets because it's all sold out

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Expert cast mines nuances and complexity beyond the written word; unexpected; surprising; true to life

Don't see it if Family drama and selfishness/seeming selflessness may be irritating to some

85
Quirky, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you like a very humorous family drama about love and need.

Don't see it if you are turned off by "foul" language or are not interested in stories of older people or families

92
Entertaining, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to laugh throughout a play with very good actors about relationships and marriage.

Don't see it if You don’t want to have a fun time at the theatre.

57
Impotent, Cliched, Disappointing, Forgettable, Bland

See it if you love and expect realism and respectability.

Don't see it if you’re looking for something more than old-people-have-sex-too the sitcom.

Also it’s a shame talents like Michael Urie and Ashley Park can’t be fully ... Read more Read less

69
Very disappointing, Characters did not ring true, Occasionally funny

See it if You might go to see a wonderful cast or muse on love and marriage and how they produce a dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if You want characters with dimension and realism in how people react in stressful situations.

Also Bummer. I'm a fan of playwright Bess Wohl butt in this hit-and-miss pl... Read more Read less

75
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Mildly entertaining, Cliched

See it if it is enough for you to see skilled, appealing actors in "summer stock" material. Probably funnier if you have a martini or two first.

Don't see it if you're expecting a well-constructed play .


January 23rd, 2020
"Marriage Is a Long-Running Farce Bess Wohl’s new play puts a Neil Simonesque spin on the story of a couple considering divorce after 50 years."
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January 23rd, 2020
4/5 Stars: "In Leigh Silverman's production for Second Stage, the gifted cast...keeps the energy high. And the play does have touching things to say about the difficulty of trying to navigate a course between the Scylla and Charybdis of noncommunication and too much information."
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January 23rd, 2020
"The Sparkle and Glow of 'Grand Horizons'"
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January 23rd, 2020
"Jane Alexander, James Cromwell, Ben McKenzie and Michael Urie appear in the new comedy by 'Small Mouth Sounds' playwright Bess Wohl about a couple getting divorced after 50 years of marriage."
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