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Junk

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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. 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.


Member Reviews (449)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

During previews
65
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.

During previews
68
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. Anti-Semetic for the controversy, phony significance.

During previews
64
Great set, Slow, Insipid, Confusing

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

During previews
50
Insipid, Slow, Relevant

See it if You would like to see a well written drama about recent American history.

Don't see it if Nothing new here. To be honest if you're interested in stories about financial corruption, see the movies The Big Short or Wall Street

During previews
69
Predictable, Disappointing, Dry, Uneven acting, Simplistic

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).

Also I walked into Junk with extremely high expectations. That usually ends... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Great acting, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great staging

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)

Also It's a massive, quite masculine and brisk production with precise dire... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Overrated, Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Indulgent

See it if LYesterday’s news excite you as today’s theater

Don't see it if You’ve seen pretty woman, Wall Street, the big short or a copy of the Wall Street journal from the last decade

During previews
65
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You are into finance. Great acting and a large cast, fab set design.

Don't see it if You do not like large casting, finance.

During previews
50
Ambitious, Cliched, Excruciating, Great acting, Depressing

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.

During previews
52
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You really understand finance

Don't see it if You are not turned on by evil people doing bad things in the name of pure unadulterated capitalism

During previews
55
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Ticker tape badanage

See it if You like the stock exchange

Don't see it if you enjoy well crafted drama


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 deca...
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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...
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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...Accordi...
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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 unr...
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