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. More…
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. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.
See it if You understand the financial world they are in. Despite the constant exposition of what was going on I was still at times lost and confused.
Don't see it if You want a straight forward easy to understand story that doesn't revolve around high paced and interesting staging to keep you engaged.
See it if a play about finance intrigues you. Steven Pasquale is great, but I didn't find the writing incredibly compelling.
Don't see it if plays in general aren't your thing/if you're more a fan of musicals. Don't see this if you aren't familiar with financial jargon.
See it if You are interested in "important" topics, care about the roots of our society's inequality, appreciate efforts to explain "high finance"
Don't see it if You are looking for the next Glengarry Glen Ross or Serious Money (film). Financial machinations outweigh personal stories, so we don't care
See it if you're deeply interested in the subject matter of junk bonds or risky financial decisions
Don't see it if you like your stories set within a broader context or with rich character development; this comes across as a straight story told not shown
See it if you are really interested in the history of finance. You have patience for slow storytelling, which rotates around a single topic.
Don't see it if you don’t like plays that feel long and motionless. The acting feels forced, and conveys a lack of interest and motivation from the actors.
See it if You understand how the stock market and financial world works. This play is very well written and acted.
Don't see it if You don't know a little about the topic. Personally I don't understand the financial world and had a hard time "keeping up."
See it if You missed Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short at the movies and need a repeat production done on stage.
Don't see it if You have something more entertaining to see or can’t get a great deal.
See it if you just have to see a bashing that isn't offering anything new
Don't see it if you aren't seated dead center, the side seats which are usually fine in this theater don't let you see the projections
See it if you are a finance $$ person and LOVE shows about that but I have seen it done so much better on stage and in film.
Don't see it if you value your time. Bloodless. You care for no one or anything. Too slick/fast like maybe if they zip thru no one will notice play
See it if you are interested in a glitzy set, want to see a good lead actor, and won't mind a very uncompelling script with a mundane message
Don't see it if you are not interested in bland junk bond explanations in a vehicle that lacks character development and desperately needs editing.
See it if Interested in a story about greed, opportunism, and finance run amok. Well staged and some great performances
Don't see it if You know this story already. It's been told many many times before, and it doesn't bring anything new to the table.
See it if You want to see an abridged history lesson of Junk Bonds
Don't see it if You want to see a tight script. Even the few sympathetic characters do not garner much sympathy
See it if You want to rehash the rising tide of greed in America with all its cliches
Don't see it if You are outraged by the present state of affairs in America. It will only add to your stomach acid.
See it if you're interested in the pitfalls of a capitalist economy.
Don't see it if you're looking for something that doesn't require a significant amount of thought or focus and rather just be entertained.
See it if you would like to see a theatre version of Wall Street (the movie) on stage. The actors are great, though.
Don't see it if you dislike verbose plays with little theatrical value
See it if you're fascinated by finance, Wall Street, economics, corporate intrigue, hostile takeovers, money, greed, prejudice, or business.
Don't see it if you want to see something happy and uplifting. This play will be incomprehensible if you don't understand finance or Wall Street.