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

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

45
Slow, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You are such a big fan of any of the actors that you cannot bear to miss one of their shows. The star-studded cast is impressive.

Don't see it if You have anything better to spend your time and money on. Normally, I like slice of life stories, but this was so slow and predictable.

Also I had high hopes for this production, but honestly, it really bummed m... Read more Read less

92
Intelligent, Great writing, Insightful, Funny

See it if you like family dramedies, if you enjoyed the writer's American Hero, if you like plays about family and relationships

Don't see it if old age depresses you, if you have a problem with same sex sexual acts on stage

Also The acting was a little exaggerated sometimes, but I love everything t... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are looking for a funny and easy play

Don't see it if you want something out of the box or dark, this play flies by and the material isn't necessarily fresh but it's relevant and humorous

82
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy comedy and terrific performances by seasoned actors; great writing!

Don't see it if you are disappointed by some predictability or if you do not enjoy new work....even then, it is a fast moving and delightful play.

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.

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Clever

See it if You like watching masters at work: Alexander/Cromwell/Urie, enjoy real life portrayed on stage & want to see the best-ever first act ending

Don't see it if The idea of Jane Alexander using the word “pussy” offends you or you go to the theatre to escape, not confront, the world

84
Great writing, Funny

See it if You want to see James Cromwell and Jane Alexander on stage together, although the cast is universally excellent.

Don't see it if You like heavy lifting at the theater

Also Ashley park is turning in a beautiful performance and is quickly becom... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like family drama / comedy. Very funny show with an underlying sadness about marriage, relationships and the need to be seen and loved.

Don't see it if You don’t like storyline about family and couples relationships.

95
Must see, Resonant, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a play that has been perfectly cast, with each actor shining in their role. A hilarious family drama that really resonates.

Don't see it if you don't like dark comedies, intense family dramas, or don't like August Osage County.

85
Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like great acting and timing in a comedy,

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy comedy plays or like any of the cast.

83
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny

See it if Thought it touched a tough subject in such an entertaining way. The actors are just fabulous .It kept me interested the whole way through

Don't see it if If you are young and do not want to see something that deals with an older couple .

86
Resonant, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’re a fan of any of the actors, as they all give great performances.

Don't see it if Unresolved endings bother you.

82
Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you can appreciate the rare ability to combine terrific humor with deep poignancy with great acting, including by two veterans,

Don't see it if occasional forays into corniness bugs you.

75
Thought-provoking

See it if You want a true play that is relatable.

Don't see it if you want a big intense story and amazing costumes

84
Resonant, Entertaining, Layered, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You seek a balance between entertaining ligher shows and thought provoking material. Well done.

Don't see it if Lighter contemporary character dialog is not satisfying. There are serious topics presented in an accessible to most audiences style.

Also I was on the fence about seeing this, but was very glad I did. It's a ... Read more Read less

90
Great writing, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have parents that have been married over at least 40 to 50 years

Don't see it if You parents are divorced and a single child . I don’t think you would relate to it as much .

75
Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy great acting, especially from James Cromwell, Jane Alexander and Michael Urie.

Don't see it if you don't like stories with complicated family dynamics

75
Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy shows that cover hard topics in a fun way. A lot of the story is told lightly and when the jokes hit, they are great!

Don't see it if you're looking for a polished play. There are a few too many lines that don't quite resonate.

93
Intelligent, Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You want to see your family represented on stage is some manner

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays

81
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy stories about family issues.

Don't see it if You don’t like sit com like family issue stories

92
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if For an entertainly, often absorbing play about families, Above all, see if for the astonishing Jane Alexander, James Cromwell & Michael Urie

Don't see it if If you want a splashy musical

71
Formulaic, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Great acting

See it if want to see great actors doing amazing work! Jane Alexander is great and everyone gets a chance to shine.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged at all. It reads like 2 episodes of a new dramedy, a pretty good show, but still, like TV.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you enjoy shows that cover family dynamics this is an original take on that. The acting is first rate and the writing is very funny.

Don't see it if If you're looking for action in your show, this isn't the one. This is character/dialogue driven.

Also James Cromwell does most of his acting from a sitting position and he'... Read more Read less

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.


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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