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

85
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see a funny show about a couple married a long time.

Don't see it if you don't want to see adult son's dating life.

90
Moving, Quirky, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you enjoy wonderful acting and clever writing. New twists on the traditional family comedy-drama

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals or very dark theater. You aren't interested in plays that focus on older people.

90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like comedy w/brilliant acting. There are messages betw the laughs about finding your life's purpose & the importance of communicating.

Don't see it if You only have a day left to see this. Go if you haven't. Don't miss this sterling cast. Beware some very explicit language. Not for kids

79
Great acting, Funny, Cliched

See it if you like dramedies

Don't see it if you like something a little more substantial

Also A pleasant enough way to spend an afternoon or evening. Good, not grea... Read more Read less

87
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy family comedies with eccentric yet real characters who are finding their way through life's insanity.

Don't see it if you find divorce and struggles with getting older and and infidelity not comic worthy.

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

80
Hilarious, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy very funny plays about a family coming apart, love, marriage, commitment and mostly communication.

Don't see it if you want to see a heavy drama or a musical.

Also What a treat to be able to see James Cromwell and Jane Alexander on th... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Relevant, Banal, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy a well constructed comedy with terrific performances but are not bothered by relatively cliched views on relationships and love.

Don't see it if you want or need your writers to develop new ideas and develop previously unexplored themes and territory.

83
Great writing, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like classic comedy with a spark of contemporary family. I found it to be delightful and thought provoking and laugh out loud funny

Don't see it if If you are looking for something edgy and deep.

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.

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to laugh & are tired of seeing depressing shows. Very relevant for an older, mature audience

Don't see it if You are under thirty, it may not hit home

79
Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want a chance to see some great actors show off their stuff. It's an interesting show about family dynamics. Can you see yours in it

Don't see it if you want everything tied up in a nice little bow. This isn't it.

Also I kept waiting for something to happen in the second about about a few... Read more Read less

100
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like LOL Gen X family dramedy, Micharl Urie’s comic genius, incredible ensemble, great writing, relevant topic of “adulting”

Don't see it if you dont like constant laughter from audience? Poignant moments from veteran actors nearing 80? You can’t face growing up? Go see it!

Also Just give Bess Wohl a Pulitzer right now! So tightly written & acted, ... Read more Read less

90
Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want to see an all star cast perform a very funny and entertaining show.

Don't see it if You are easily offended or are looking for elaborate staging.

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

83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if Like a funny but relevant play about a hilariously dysfunctional family. Great performances, especially the magnificent Jane Alexander.

Don't see it if Family themes are a trigger.Surprise events trigger a negative health response for you.Separately, I got great first row seat through rush.

90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Fantastic acting by whole cast in a clever new play masquerading as a Neil Simon- style sitcom Look thru the surface and watch interactions

Don't see it if somewhat slow at times

86
Quirky, Great acting, Clever

See it if You want to see the all star cast, enjoy family dramedy type of plays. It's funny and sweet

Don't see it if You don't want a family story, are looking for something completely different or prefer a musical

90
Resonant, Relevant, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Just see it. Delightful story. Amazingly talented cast.

Don't see it if you can't laugh at human foibles.

70
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see Jane Alexander and James Cromwell on stage. You want a few laughs.

Don't see it if You want to see something unusual or sophisticated.

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.

90
Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You truly want to laugh, such a modern show that takes you trough a family story.

Don't see it if If sex talk and curses are not for you

88
Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you need something funny and light as opposed to dense and analytical.

Don't see it if you need a play to be ABOUT SOMETHING and can't appreciate a play simply having a good story, good writing, and good acting.

74
Nice, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Delightful

See it if you are interested in discussions around old-age divorce

Don't see it if you dislike when shows try to put in too much in the way of subplots to where it takes away from the central plot


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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