Opens Nov 02

Junk

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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Lincoln Center Theater presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar's new drama about an '80s junk bond king out to change the rules of the financial world.

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It’s 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell, has just landed on the cover of "Time Magazine." Hailed as "America's Alchemist," his proclamation that "debt is an asset" has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to re-shape the world. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and, ultimately, everyone against themselves. Set over 30 years ago, this is a play about how, while most of us weren't watching, money became the only thing of real value.

 
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Orchestra: $89 (reg. $137)

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Performances through November 1

$89 orchestra (reg. $137)

$79 front loge (reg. $107)

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$99 orchestra (reg. $147)

$89 front loge (reg. $117)

$69 rear/side loge (reg. $87)

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Must purchase by November 2, 2017. Prices subject to performance and availability. Blackout dates may apply. Valid for performances through January 7, 2018. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. Applicable only to specified performance dates and times. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Seating restrictions may apply. Telephone/Internet orders subject to standard Telecharge.com service fees. When purchasing at box office, present offer prior to ticket inquiry. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time. Limit 6 tickets per order per person per week. All regular and discount prices subject to change. Groups 12+ call (212) 889-4300. All prices include $2 facility fee.

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64
During previews
Confusing, Insipid, Slow, Great set

See it if you like Wall Street-related media. If you liked The Big Short or anything to do with the financial world.

Don't see it if you want to see a fun or interesting play without having to have previous knowledge of the financial world. If you don't like dry plays.

Also I honestly think it would make a better movie, especially if it was tr... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you enjoy plays about greed and Wall Street. Terrific acting, writing, and direction. The second act is better than the first.

Don't see it if You know the story of Michael Milken too well. Nothing that illuminating about him. Also disappointed in the ​cliche of the one female role

80
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you like dramas that make you think, enjoy intricate plays about topics you aren't familiar with, you want to know more about finance

Don't see it if you aren't good with numbers, want flashy production values

Also This is a compelling play about the 80s and the inside story of the fi... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Confusing

See it if you have particular interest in the high yield junk bond craze of the mid-80s or are generally interested in the financial world.

Don't see it if you dislike highly stylized staging or have no interest in financial deals and insider trading.

Also It's an ambitious play but overly long and not as good as some of the ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a talented cast telling a story about Junk bonds in the 80s.

Don't see it if you want a new, fresh story.

83
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You want some insight into the financial world of mergers, trading, and regulations. Great acting, riveting story, and informative.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the financial world; disliked the movie The Big Short.

82
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Slick, Great staging

See it if you enjoy stories about the 80s with highly polished tech and strong performances.

Don't see it if you're expecting a new message about Wall Street and the pursuit of money; this has been done before but it's a very interesting ride.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if WOW finally a show worth raving about. Just see it.

Don't see it if You have a problem concentrating or if you're looking for something light.

Also Only reason that I didn't give it 100 is because of feedback in the so... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You want to see exquisite staging. Loved the set and production values.

Don't see it if I was somewhat underwhelmed, even by the acting. Was always aware that I was watching performers. Play dragged on for two and a half hours

Also It was just okay.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Compelling acting, riveting script about junk bonds - a glimpse into the seeds sowed for the worlds current financial situation.

Don't see it if You don’t have a basic understanding of Wall Street - Much of the plot will go over your head.

80
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Cliched, Fast-paced

See it if you liked "Wall Street" (film) or DRY POWDER -- stories about high finance, greed, crime, &*money*. Gripping, albeit predictable at times.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for a fast-paced, fast-talking story about 1980s Wall Street, complex financing deals, & stories where no one is a hero.

68
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Pretentious, Misdirected

See it if Well-acted (Steven Pasquale, Michael Siberry!) elegantly designed, exploration of American greed.

Don't see it if Lots of characters, short scenes, epic themes. Brecht w/out humor & theatricality. Racial for the controversy, phony significance.

84
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Plants the seeds of "Greed is Good" mentality from Milken to Madoff Akhtar's dense, wordy plot lines jump with fluidity & clarity Acting A+

Don't see it if Decades of financial history & information passed through quickly & sharply; acute attention required Can slow somewhat w/detail overload

77
During previews
Long winded, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Factual

See it if Well acted, interesting staging. You enjoy large cast dramas that focus on true financial events with an overtone of prejudice

Don't see it if Wordy, long winded checks in at 2 hours and 20 min. There are no redeeming characters or much of a story arc. Lots of financial terminology

85
During previews
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want an exploration into greed and American corruption. The acting is excellent. The story was thrilling and I was totally engaged.

Don't see it if you are looking for something uplifting, the show deals with serious themes and is a serious piece.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy theatre that makes you think. This is 2 1/2 hours of fast paced very relevant theatre. Worthy of your concentrated attention.

Don't see it if You only want mindless entertainment.

Also Beautiful staging. Incredible acting really brings the characters to l... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Cliched, Staging detracts

See it if You're in the market for a torn from the (dated) headlines corporate finance show. I wouldn't invest in it.

Don't see it if You are expecting the sap of an Akhtar show. Here the staging takes away from the personal struggles and conflict.

48
During previews
Predicable, poorly written

See it if you will tolerate anything to see Steven Pasquale and a good cast struggling with bad writing and an offensive story. Good lighting design.

Don't see it if greed, avarice, dishonesty, and an obsession with wealth at all costs upsets you - not to mention stereotyped characters.

Also If #45 offends you, this will too. If you think Jewish stereotypes are... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Challenging

See it if your brain could use a few hours at a mental gymnasium. Have coffee, and brace yourself for one of the best roller coaster rides in theatre.

Don't see it if You are not interested in economics, the financial world, and the powers that control so much of our wealth.

Also WOW!!!... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You loved the movie Wall Street and the machismo of the 80’s. It’s a story that’s been told before, but this was well done.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories about Wall Street and complex dealings.

80
During previews
Great acting, Intense, Great staging, Sleek, Requires concentration

See it if you are interested in themes of finance/money/greed. If you don't mind having to focus and think. Long yet fast paced. Well staged

Don't see it if these themes bore you. If you aren't knowledgable about finance you might miss stuff (I did). If you don't like plays with a lot of talking.

75
During previews
Clever, Dated, Great staging

See it if would enjoy seeing 22 excellent actors talking about Junk Bonds and reliving the 80's financial scam.

Don't see it if you are not interesting in finance

Also well done and great staging (two levels) but seems like I have seen th... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see a masterful group of actors for 2.5 hours

Don't see it if You are not interested in finance.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if The importance of money in current society and fast paced, sharp dialogue and morally ambiguous characters excite you

Don't see it if Fast paced plots and the go go years on Wall St are of no interest or if Mike Milkin is your personal hero

65
During previews
Disappointing, Long, Slight

See it if you enjoy the actors, or stories with topical/timely relevance.

Don't see it if you're not patient. It's far too long, and it thinks it's much more profound than it is. Nothing new to say about the financial industry.