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 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. Anti-Semetic for the controversy, phony significance.
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.
See it if You have been living under a rock for 30 years and know nothing about Michael Milken, LBOs, junk bonds but worship Steven Pasquale.
Don't see it if You haven't been living under a rock and know anything whatever about finance. Or if you saw Disgraced (you will be sorely disappointed).
See it if you'd like to see a strong staging with terrific action
Don't see it if you don't care about the finance, junk bonds scheme of the 80's in particular (quite covered by the movies like Moneyball)
See it if you want to understand the 80's financial markets. Or if you like business driven shows.
Don't see it if want to feel better about your life. America of the 80s, as presented, is moral scum, admirable only by comparison to today. Yackity yack.