Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Hillary and Clinton

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Members say: Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

About the show

Lucas Hnath's ("A Doll's House, Part 2") new work examines the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of experience and inevitability. Starring two-time Tony winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. More…

Behind closed doors in the state of New Hampshire during the early days of 2008, a former First Lady named Hillary is in a desperate bid to save her troubled campaign for President of the United States against Barack. Her husband, Bill, sees things one way; her campaign manager, Mark, sees things another. If any of this sounds familiar, don’t be fooled; in a universe of infinite possibilities, anything that can happen, will. Directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello.


1h 30m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (475)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining
80
Avg Score

70
Dated, Disappointing, Talky, Strong acting, Intelligent

See it if you want a sophisticated--but slight--evening. Poor H battles misogyny on all fronts (political/personal). She's feisty and smart, but loses

Don't see it if you want drama/comedy...there's little of either. Some interesting ideas and fine acting. Sometimes dull/repetitive. Belongs in small space.

Also Although not presented as history (you're in a parallel universe), I q... Read more Read less

63
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Banal

See it if Two really good stage actors make this somewhat bearable. If you want a political show that deals with the Clintons.

Don't see it if You want a story thats not tired or uninteresting. The show tries to be everything, but it has no dept too it.

80
Clever, Intelligent, Witty, Great acting, Funny

See it if Sharp script + great acting = fun & enjoyable. Their personal relationship somehow survives their faults. Maybe that is the message.

Don't see it if You detest either Hillary or Bill, or are just tired of them. You are expecting more politics. You want a more serious biography.

Also Hillary gives an intro in which she says that if the universe is infin... Read more Read less

55
Improbable, Slow, Inconsequential, Dull, Great acting

See it if you want to see the always engaging, reliable Metcalf in a dubious, unreliable account of the Clintons on the 2008 campaign trail.

Don't see it if u want to see something more than a mere acting exercise (albeit for 2 of our most talented stage actors); u expect a play with substance.

Also Hillary & Bill -- no matter what your politics are & regardless of how... Read more Read less

72
Fatigued, Well-played, Clever

See it if you love the writer or one of the leads & need to see anything they do.

Don't see it if you’re Clinton Fatigued: the clever set-up posits possible Clinton alternatives, but the Clintons we get are the tired Clintons we've known.

Also I admire the past work of playwright Hnath & the lead actors but avoid... Read more Read less

84
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You’d enjoy a lighthearted look at American political culture circa 2008, and you’re a Clinton fan.

Don't see it if You’d feel ripped off by a very small, 80-minute play that feels like a staged reading sans scripts (despite the caliber of the actors).

79
Relevant, Banal, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a light and fun take on the characters you know, possibly in another universe. The acting is top notch and the writing interesting.

Don't see it if you expect to be wowed; it could be so much more. There are great moments here, overall a bit flat and the staging is more off-Broadway.

69
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Funny, Confusing

See it if you believe the personal is political or that the political is personal. Either way this play is right there.

Don't see it if you hope to see a realistic representation of what the play suggests are the two other people in the other universe with these names.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if About politic and marry told by Hillary, by a writer point of view. Great acting by Laurie Metcalf.

Don't see it if Dislike Hillary/Clinton.

Also Great Acting both Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. I like this play al... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want a refreshingly honest look at the Clintons which you rarely get in the entertainment industry where there is no political diversity

Don't see it if you love the Clintons and are not open to any view of them that is unfavorable.

Also I can't believe this show came from Chicago and was able to make to Br... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The trials & tribulations of political/married life through Hillary's eyes. The cast of four are wonderful, Metcalf is amazing. Time flies.

Don't see it if political & honest but who really knows what goes on behind closed doors? Here's 1 possibility according to 1 writer. Why not check it out

79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Clever

See it if you're a fan of great acting, interested in politics, or marital drama. Only 90 minutes with lot of sharp dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays or alternative fiction. It's based on real people and events, but still fiction. Hnath has written better plays.

70
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see two power house actors play off each other. Great acting from all, an interesting glimpse into a potential moment in time.

Don't see it if You want to see a story that was worth telling. I can't remember how it ended and I saw it last week.

80
Inevitably entertaining & troubling, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Interested in examining possibilties & inevitabilities, & the what ifs of politics and marriage itself, see Metcalf & Lithgow in top form

Don't see it if not interested in possibility, politics or marriage, need to chant "Lock her up", can't remember what was happening in 2008

95
Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Laurie metcalf

See it if you possibly can.Laurie Metcalf is unbelievable.She is one of our very best actresses.Watching her is a class in acting.She nails it.

Don't see it if you want a frothy musical.Just watching Metcalf react to and listen to John Lithgow is worth the price of admission.

80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Two masters of the art play a riveting pas-de-deux. A what-if? version of the 2008 primaries.

Don't see it if If political stories aren't your thing.

80
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if even if you don't want to see more about the Clintons. This is a well acted fictionalized character study of two powerful people.

Don't see it if You expect this to be a true to life biographical moment during Hillary's campaign.

79
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if for the superb performance by Laurie Metcalf. This play at less than 90 minutes would have been better in a smaller theater.

Don't see it if you are sick of politics and the Clintons'

85
A controlled mess of politics without aggressive “politics”, Pitch-perfect dry-and-wry humor, Metcalf helms, marvelously, a plucky 80 minutes, Well-performed and -directed, Intelligently-written

See it if familiar spousal/coworker banter, elevated by the fact that it’s the Clintons and marvelously written, directed, and performed, appeals.

Don't see it if uninterested in a voyeuristic, sparsely-set look at the lives of two political spouses-cum-competitors (and a couple of male interlopers).

Also Lucas Hnath’s works tend to be tense, thought-provoking, funny yet sub... Read more Read less

81
Refreshing, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want an intimate and yet humorous view of the Hillary's relationship with Bill and Obama. Better than expected.

Don't see it if you have no knowledge of recent political intrigue or are so pro-Hillary that you can't laugh at her.

60
Fine acting, Not realistic, Disappointing, Poor characterizations, Boring

See it if you are fascinated with the Clinton's relationship, interested in hypothetical beliefs about Hillary's political history & superb acting.

Don't see it if you dislike a "talky," fairly boring script with a hypothetical treatment of the Clinton's characters that "stretch" credulity.

69
Thought-provoking, Intense, Overrated, Clever, Cliched

See it if you're interested seeing Laurie and John together on stage.

Don't see it if you want to see a better play or musical.

73
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in what the private lives of politicians must be like

Don't see it if You want to hear JL do an Arkansas accent. He doesn't.

79
Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. You will NOT be disappointed.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a Bill and Hillary impersonations on stage, because that's NOT what this play is.

Also Once again Laurie Metcalf is at her best onstage. She is the rooster r... Read more Read less

88
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you want to see a well-acted (not just by Metcalf and Lithgow, but supporting cast as well) show that examines the lives of the Clintons

Don't see it if you are expecting to see actors try to imitate the characters they play or aren't interested in a political play, even if very comic.

Also I enjoyed this more than i expected to. It was very well written and e... Read more Read less


April 18th, 2019
"It is our very good fortune that Hillary is portrayed by Laurie Metcalf, an actress who does being thwarted better than anyone...Mr. Hnath’s play doesn’t presume to be an authoritative view of the woman behind the mask, or even of the mask itself. Instead — and this is what makes this play somet...
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April 18th, 2019
"Directed firmly and dryly by Joe Mantello, 'Hillary and Clinton' is cogent, snappy and perceptive about political and emotional realities. Much of the ground it covers might seem old to those who follow the news, but the play has now, as it could not have had in 2016, a looming sense of tragedy....
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April 18th, 2019
"A not particularly meaty exploration of the emotional life and logic behind a couple of particularly public figures...As the big names of the play’s title, Metcalf and John Lithgow are the very watchable wind beneath its wings — but those wings are pretty rickety...'Hillary and Clinton' isn’t re...
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April 18th, 2019
"There's no shortage of scintillating elements in 'Hillary and Clinton'...Despite all those considerable pluses, however, Hnath's play is so slight that once its densely packed, yet nonetheless skeletal, 80 minutes are over you barely give it another thought...Sure, it's entertaining; Hnath is to...
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