Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Grand Horizons

From 410 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 | Already closed | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (410)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing

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

59
Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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

64
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see Jane Alexander who rarely performs.

Don't see it if a repetitive sit com would annoy you.

Also How can we believe this family's issues when every conceivable problem... Read more Read less

69
Insipid, Fluffy, Cliched, Disappointing

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

56
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Predictable, Great acting

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

58
A somewhat bland comedy that would veer into sitcom territory were it not for some fine performances driving the story

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.

Also This had been sold to me by some as "the kind of comedies you used to ... Read more Read less

60
Funny, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

60
Banal, Entertaining

See it if You want a light evening, mostly laughs.

Don't see it if You want to be challenged, the drama never gets too deep.

Also Overall OK. I laughed, but I kept hoping the play would dive a bit dee... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Slow, Indulgent, Cliched, Banal

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.

65
Neil simon is alive & well & living at the helen hayes theater!

See it if you want an evening of entertainment and belly laughs.

Don't see it if you prefer a story of the dissolution of a 50-year marriage to taste more like haggis than meringue.

Also what a novelty these days for a play to begin with a curtain-raiser, r... Read more Read less

69
Idiotic humor

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.

55
Just ok, Disappointing, Funny

See it if You want to see some good actors doing pretty good work in an OK, but certainly not great comedy.

Don't see it if You want to see something excellent.

58
Overrated, Cliched

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

66
Quirky, Great acting, Dated, Cliched

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.

55
Fluffy, Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

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

Also The audience was laughing, but one could see the jokes coming and many... Read more Read less

51
Banal, Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing

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.

Also Maulik Pancholy was BY FAR the best part of the show, and he was only ... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Corny, Too long, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

Also Warning: Plot Points below/Spoilers?... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining

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.

During previews
58
Quirky, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see this set of actors doing the kinds of characters you'd expect

Don't see it if you're used to Bess Wohl's more ambitious works

During previews
68
Funny, Quirky, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

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.

Also McKenzie felt miscast. Park, Pancholy, and Lopez give the strongest pe... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Pleasant comedy

See it if You want to see a new comedy about a family dealing with feeling unseen.

Don't see it if You want dark humor.

Also There are a few good jokes and few nice moments, but it doesn’t add up... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Fluffy, Funny, Dated, Cliched, Entertaining

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.

During previews
65
Cliched, Banal, Funny

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.

Also Why has Second Stage changed the signage at the Helen Hayes Theater to... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Cliched, Banal, Indulgent, Funny

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.


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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