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.
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.
See it if To see Jane Alexander act after such a llong hiatus .
Don't see it if if you want good sit com well acted and with a real and well written approach to a problem
See it if A sit com type play. Alexander and Cromswell are excellent with the slim roles they have.
Don't see it if Want depth, sharp writing, or character development. The show is so cliched and Michael Urie is really an offensive cliche
Also I expect better from Wolh who has done such excellent work
See it if You want to see a truthful play about old people that is not about death or dementia, you enjoy seeing two old pros rise above the material
Don't see it if You were really expecting snappy dialogue, or a bold exploration of thoughtful themes
See it if you want to see a play that goes down smooth, anchored by some excellent actors not necessarily doing their finest work.
Don't see it if you're looking for as deep or meaningful experience as this play aspires to be.
See it if You looking for an unchallenging play filled with contemporary character cliches with a few mildly funny moments thrown in for good measure.
Don't see it if You're looking for something more challenging than the average network sitcom.
See it if you enjoy family dramas with a well rounded cast. The best acting and writing of the play comes towards the end with Alexander and Cromwell.
Don't see it if you don't like cliches abound and the piece feels underdeveloped and too long. The top of act two feels like an episode of the Golden girls.
See it if If you think older people talking about sex is a hoot in and of itself. If you can wait for the much stronger, more interesting second act.
Don't see it if Raucous laughter by much of the audience at unfunny lines will grate on your nerves.
See it if Have low expectations of a Broadway show and can enjoy with a very simple/predictable story and flat characters
Don't see it if Would like to see good story, observations, production and acting in a Broadway play for that price range
See it if You can get cheap tickets and you have seen most other shows. Sometimes funny, often predictable HBO mini-TV series stuck in nineties.
Don't see it if You value your Broadway experience or are visiting New York.
See it if You find most multicam broadcast tv sitcoms funny, like seeing famous actors on stage, and enjoy safe family comedies.
Don't see it if You think theatrical dialogue should be sharp and fat-free, and expect plays to have more substance than television sitcoms
See it if you're over 75 year old, not gay, and don't like good comedy.
Don't see it if you don't like the relegation of gay characters, if a slow paced drama that doesn't really earn its emotions appeals to you.
See it if You want to see the principles. Jane Alexander had her moments to shine. Nice to see Ashley Park even as a stereotype.
Don't see it if Again with the sex jokes? Michael Urie needs new schtick as gay son. Another not very funny sitcom.
See it if You like sit-coms. Acting is excellent, both Jane Alexander and Cromwell superb. Nice set. Young audience laughing hysterically.
Don't see it if Constant sexual references annoy you. Stupid sex jokes, raw sex talk, contrived plot points, some characters just filler.
See it if You want very light entertainment. It’s sitcom-esque writing about marriage, sex, love, etc.
Don't see it if You’re in the mood for great truth or great farce. This is pitched right down the middle of the road.
See it if you want to see a throwback to the 1960s Neil Simon style of comedy. Broad, yet somehow also mild, and rather unsurprising. Great cast!
Don't see it if you want a challenging work. This is a safe, sitcom-ish, totally conventional comedy one might find in regional theatre. Competent, though.
See it if you want to see a couple of old pros (and some young pros) giving their all in the service of a perfectly pleasant but unremarkable play.
Don't see it if you saw Bess Wohl’s “Make Believe” and are expecting something equally imaginative from her this time around.
See it if you want to see a sitcom masquerading as high art. It's great to watch Jane Alexander, but the play was pure fluff. Nice premise was ruined.
Don't see it if you want real reactions to a real situation. Not sure if the writing was bad, the acting or the directing. wasn't farce wasn't comedy.