Junk NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(449 Ratings)
Positive
83%
Mixed
14%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

About the Show

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. Starring Steven Pasquale as Robert Merkin.

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228 Reviews | 36 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you read the business pages of your favorite paper. See it if you know what junk bonds are. See it for the intense acting.

Don't see it if Wall Street does not interest you, or you like a play that does not make you think or concentrate on the dialogue. Read more

193 Reviews | 39 Followers
97
One of best plays of the year

See it if you like excellent, brainy play with great acting, great writing, great staging and fast pace. This one hit it out of ballpark!

Don't see it if na

474 Reviews | 114 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You'd enjoy a fast paced tale of how Wall Street crooks were ruthless and kept the scheme going until they were finally caught.

Don't see it if You never learned what junk bonds, coupons, poison pills, etc are. But they do explain for the clueless theatergoer.

94 Reviews | 17 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you enjoy a well acted drama -if you want to be in the know read up on Miliken and the junk bond market

Don't see it if if talky plays are not your thing

200 Reviews | 24 Followers
95
Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to be in a whirlwind of an evening. Very fast paced and so smartly done.!Acting is great. You won’t be bored!!!

Don't see it if Just see it! You won’t be disappointed.

110 Reviews | 30 Followers
95
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You have even the slightest interest in the stock market and love really great theater.

Don't see it if You think you will have trouble connecting the dots in a very intelligent play Read more

159 Reviews | 20 Followers
95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a fantastic set with non stop action. This show reveals the underbelly of all that was/is wrong wth Wall St.

Don't see it if you do not like a fast paced show that can feel overwhelming at times.

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you remember Michael Milken and his dealings in junk bonds and want to see a reenactment of what he did and what happened

Don't see it if you don't like serious dramas; you might find 22 characters confusing

Critic Reviews (51)

The New York Times
November 2nd, 2017

"Almost numbingly safe...'Junk' follows a labyrinthine, economically dense plot with remarkable briskness, efficiency and accessibility. Still, these assets never quite erase the feeling that what we’re watching is a tale we’ve frequently been entertained and alarmed by during the past three decades...The script is refreshingly nonjudgmental...Every major character is allowed to present the viability of his or her viewpoint…Unfortunately, none of them are entirely convincing either."
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Time Out New York
November 2nd, 2017

“Akhtar spends much of the play briefing the audience on hostile takeovers and insider trading. But the details don’t feel sweaty…‘Junk’ melds a breadth of genres—crime story, tragedy, issue play, cautionary tale—into a fast-moving, broad-ranging social thriller…In Akhtar’s telling, this story is partly about male status and power…But it’s also about race, privilege, competing ideals and, of course, greed. Junk has a cast of 23, and the size of the production helps it cast a wide net of blame.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 2nd, 2017

"'Junk’s' driving tempo, cinematic smash-cuts, and clarity of underlying action undoubtedly hold our attention...It’s a credit to Akhtar, Hughes, and Pasquale’s uncompromising Merkin that 'Junk' doesn’t play as a blanket condemnation of Wall Street and a nostalgic eulogy for Main Street...According to the rules it sets out for itself, 'Junk' wins. But as with Merkin’s victory, the taste is more bitter than sweet. The play’s effect on the heart is a pretty desolate one."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 2nd, 2017

"An ensemble so huge that it would have taken a Tom Stoppard —or a Shakespeare—to portray the individual characters as anything other than stick figures. Mr. Akhtar is talented, but not that talented...Doug Hughes has staged it with knock-’em-flat energy, and the production is as smoothly and propulsively wrought as the hostile-takeover plot is familiar...I esteem Mr. Akhtar for writing a big play about a big subject, but 'Junk' is too slick to be fully satisfying."
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Deadline
November 2nd, 2017

"Akhtar's a caster of spells, which is possibly the only way into the gripping tale he tells here...It is searingly human. Akhtar has repeatedly shown a gift for creating individuals free of the kind of stereotyping that has marked so many accounts of the financial corruptions and collapse of the ’80...He refuses to paint in broad strokes...Accordingly, Hughes has staged the play with infinite detail and a kind of exquisite filigree in the way characters are motivated and defined."
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New York Daily News
November 2nd, 2017

"A Broadway play that’s accessible, but not illuminating or surprising...Polished but lacks a satisfying punch. A sly little jab at the end isn't the same thing...Doug Hughes directs a crisp and fluid staging...While most characters don’t elude cliches, the acting is uniformly fine...In the end, a loud-ringing message is that the almighty dollar corrupts all. True enough. Then again, we didn’t need 'Junk' to tell us that."
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Variety
November 2nd, 2017

"Doesn’t exactly illuminate the mysterious process whereby corporate marauders...take over companies...What it does do, in this slickly directed production directed by Hughes, is capture the electric energy that fueled these aggressive acquisitions...None of these secondary characters are as fully developed as the two lead players...For a show with far too many people on stage, 'Junk' is actually in need of more people – maybe one or two of them with a heart."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 2nd, 2017

"Akhtar is a perceptive writer with an ear for pithy dialogue, so he keeps it engrossing...What he can't do is make us care about these characters, which somewhat limits 'Junk' to the sphere of glossy info-tainment...'Junk' isn't lacking in food for thought, but as drama it's a little dry and unrelentingly talky...The writing is brutal, clever, often witty, and the production sharp as a tack. But many will be left wondering if they really needed this dispiriting recap."
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