Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Hillary and Clinton

From 484 member  reviews
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 (484)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

60
Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You are fascinated by the Clintons.

Don't see it if You expect new insight.

40
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Banal

See it if you like seeing "stars" on stage.

Don't see it if you're wanting to see great acting from these stars or you're expecting to see an interesting story.

Also Interesting concept for a show, but it failed in many ways to be worth... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if It’s interesting,we remember the times.They where so smart and nothing much changes a good evening of theater

Don't see it if It’s only 90 minuets. It’s fun to watch the cast. I can’t imagine you won’t find something interesting

68
85 minutes long, Good acting, Unnecessary, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if you like seeing good actors make something out of nothing and if you like political back-stories. Professionally done & at times interesting

Don't see it if you prefer absorbing theatre with a purpose and great insight.

77
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Want to see to Broadway veterans at their best

Don't see it if if you do not like Politics

Also Went in with low expectations.... Read more Read less

76
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like simple sets, low key story line yet great acting. Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect & was a little disappointed

Don't see it if You prefer an ambitious set, animated characters and rousing story line

26
Excruciating, Overrated

See it if you are a Trump supporter,dont mind that the actors dont try to suggest the people they are portraying. Like Laurie Metcalf

Don't see it if Like the Clintons, you like actors to imitate people they're portraying; don't like Laurie Metcalf and her hard-ass acting style

85
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're a political beast and have an open mind.

Don't see it if you need to think about something besides politics for a change.

Also I loved how neither Laurie Metcalf nor John Lithgow tried to imitate H... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see exceptional performances by Metcalf and Lithgow bring to life the very complex relationship of the Clintons

Don't see it if you are not into looking into the personal lives of two charismatic political figures and if you want a large scale Broadway production.

Also This was a relatively short play but packed a strong punch. The two le... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see great acting and an interesting portrayal of the Clintons and their personal relationship

Don't see it if C

83
Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see great acting. Laurie Matcalf's performance has to be seen.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about relationships and politics or if you only like musicals.

Also Honestly, I wasn't sure what the playwright was trying to say. There i... Read more Read less

72
Masterful, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You love Laurie Metcalfe and John Lithgow.

Don't see it if You are expecting a strong story

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of A Doll's House Part 2 (also written by Hnath); you want to see great actors doing their thing; you aren't sick of Clintons

Don't see it if you don't want to see a talky play where not much happens; you're hoping for something that will change your mind or heart.

Also I loved A Doll's House Part 2, so I was excited to see Lucas Hnath's n... Read more Read less

92
Funny, Absorbing

See it if You like new plays. you like character studies.

Don't see it if You are looking for details about the 2008 primaries.

Also Enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish. It isn't so much a pl... Read more Read less

93
Clever, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You have enjoyed the playwright’s previous work or are a fan of the cast.

Don't see it if You want a docudrama about the Clintons.

Also Hnath continues to be a playwright who interests and excites me. Not u... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you like great acting and a quick, witty script. Laurie Metcalf is brilliant in this dramedy. While it's about politics, it's not partisan.

Don't see it if you don't have interest in politics, don't like character studies or are tired of the Clintons

76
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in person, fine actors

Don't see it if You are not politically inclined

75
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You would enjoy it if you are a Hillary fan or if you like Bill Clinton jokes. Those who find the machinery of politics entertaining also.

Don't see it if Politics is of no interest to you and you are not fans of the Clintons. 90-100 minutes without an intermission would bother you.

70
Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you want to see these acters. They are very good considering their script.

Don't see it if Slow, boring. Crawling in my seat. Silly outfits. Blank stage. Not entertaining.

80
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The show is closing this coming Sunday and I just caught it. It’s about a powerful couple that they need and yet compete with each other.

Don't see it if If you are not interested to imagine the dynamics environment behind the close door of the political couples.

72
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you've grown up with the Clinton family and want to watch two wonderful actors imagine what they're like behind closed doors.

Don't see it if you're expecting a political drama or if you're unforgiving of a play with an interesting concept that didn't come to its full potential.

100
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like interesting takes on persons of historic nature...you are curious about relationships and the strain political life have on it.

Don't see it if you don't want to see anything about the Clintons...are looking for a traditional drama...are offended by politics.

Also The performances were excellent. I loved the subtle notes on a relatio... Read more Read less

79
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Incisive, Provocative

See it if To see a new well written, directed,acted and risky American play, regardless of political affiliation or dislike of the Clintons.

Don't see it if You are expecting a factual account of a pivotal moment in the Clintons life’s. You don’t like to experience new and innovative plays.

68
Meh

See it if You’re interested in the subjects

Don't see it if You are expecting to see extraordinary performances or learn anything new. The play takes place in an alternate universe. I’m not kidding.

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like Bill and Hillary and want to see a funny dialog exchange about the 2008 campaign. Great acting and dialogs.

Don't see it if You do not like Bill and Hillary and are not into the political campaign story.


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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