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
81
Avg Score

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 .

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

See it if You like well acted, witty plays with unexpected twists.

Don't see it if Sex among older adults is offensive or uninteresting to you. The family relationships are compelling and well portrayed. Great ensemble cast

79
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a funny and well acted play about an elderly couple and their relationship with their family, presented in a modern way.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with little action but a lot of dialogue, or like plays with deep and intricate plots.

73
Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy sitcom style family dramedy dealing with elderly parents’ divorce or a fan of the members of the cast.

Don't see it if you don’t like family drama dealing with divorce, fall outs, or infidelity.

100
Must see, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a hilariously dysfunctional family dynamics show that has you bold laughing out loud & slapping knees

Don't see it if Do not like F-word, are homophobic or use of slang body parts

Also This show is a must see for the best time you can have

84
Layered, Quirky, Poignant, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a smart show about relationships

Don't see it if You only like musicals

87
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a 'true to life' representation of a family at a certain identifiable stage of life. Great acting by all!

Don't see it if You want a musical or a very dramatic play.

Also This is exquisite in its efficiency - no words where none are required... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Funny, Well acted, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you'd enjoy a comedy relevant to families with aging parents, and who doesn't fit that category (or have a friend there)?

Don't see it if you go to theatre only once a year. The staging is quite memorable. While the play is not deep or great, this is worth seeing.

98
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see marvelous actors in a funny, relevant, sad play. The dialogue is realistic, and the play makes you think about family.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor or if you think Jesse Green is always right. I totally disagree with his assessment of this thoughtful play.

Also If your parents are alive, bring them to this show. They, like the aud... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Neil Simonesque, Bess Wohl delivers a fresh brand new family dramedy that is very absorbing, funny, poignant and surprising.

Don't see it if You don't like the old fashioned drawing room family drama comedy.

88
Surprising, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to revel for a few hours in a funny, poignant, and very relatable slice of real life.

Don't see it if thinking about the effects of old age makes you squirm.

79
Better 2nd act, Family drama, Cute, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like a play that gets stronger as it moves forward. Act II is much better than Act I. If you love Jane Alexander - she's fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't like old-school, Neil Simon-esque comedies or are looking for a profound evening out in the theater. This is cute and fun.

79
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a funny take on an old marriage. Very humorous with a few dear moments. Cast is good as well, and the show flies by.

Don't see it if the topic of marriage separation is upsetting.

82
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if U enjoy seeing great actors in a quirky, at times raunchy, funny, thought provoking family drama.

Don't see it if U don’t like family dramas, are offended by raunchy language or prefer musicals.

82
Relevant, Insipid, Great acting

See it if Great casting in an okay show that was generally entertaining.

Don't see it if You want to see a show that you will remember seeing years later.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like new plays, you want to see great actors like Jane Alexander and James Cromwell, you are interested in the plight of older couples

Don't see it if you don't like plays with a message, you don't like contemporary plays

Also Bess Wohl's play about an older couple getting a divorce and the impac... Read more Read less

82
Sitcom-y, Solid, family centered dramedy, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if An entertaining, not too challenging play performed by an all star ensemble. A great cast elevates pretty good material.

Don't see it if You want a profound show. Its mix of comedy and drama feels Friends/Will & Grace-like. Funny, but nothing new to say about the topic.

Also I went to Grand Horizons looking for a solid, enjoyable comedy, and th... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You’re looking for a humorous, family-themed play about a couple deciding to divorce after a long marriage with famous and talented actors.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy comedies, or plays that are too sitcom-y. The writing here isn’t deep. You need everything to be tied up in the end.

Also James Cromwell and Jane Alexander give wonderful performances. They’re... Read more Read less

78
Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you've ever visited a retirement community and thought, "well, f*ck" -- also, the shock end of the first act is worth it in and of itself

Don't see it if you dislike dark comedies, slice-of-life plays, and a stage full of characters who are all a little bit selfish (but real, in that way)

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

80
Refreshing, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to see terrific actors like Jane Alexander and James Cromwell with younger actors, especially Michael Urie. He is a treasure.

Don't see it if you don't like simple family comedies with seniors as the subject.

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

85
Clever, Great cast, Funny, Entertaining

See it if The late Neil Simon is alive and well, circa 2020, at the Helen Hayes Theatre. All-star cast delivers the laughs plus occasional truths.

Don't see it if you expect deep commentaries on marriage in old age, you will be disappointed, But enjoy an old fashioned Broadway sit-com with great cast.

Also The renovated 2nd Stage Helen Hayes Theatre may qualify as having the ... Read more Read less

80
Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Want a.refeshing approach to relationships in the later half of.life that resonates. Powerhouse cast delivers laughs and tenderness. Good.

Don't see it if Dont enjoy shows centered around elderly relationship with siblings and one an other. Shy about sexual conversations.

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


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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