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 like stories like The Wolf of Wall Street, but with less action.
Don't see it if you have no interest in Wall Street, or the 1980's.
See it if You don't mind overwritten plays that need editing and shortening. Despite a stellar cast, this play is an unfocussed snoozefest.
Don't see it if You like to stay awake in the theatre. You like to care about a character on the stage. You have to sit in the side sections.
See it if You like very explainery shows. The topic is dense and they spend a lot of time on basic exposition.
Don't see it if You do not like exposition. And lots of it. And bland staging.
See it if You get excited by callous, selfish characters and do not need any redemption or hope in your narrative. Obvious commentary doesn't bother.
Don't see it if You need an emotional connection to any character in a play, are bored to tears by finance on stage, you hated Wall Street or the Wolf of ..
See it if You're tired and need a nice nap in the dark.
Don't see it if You're expecting to be entertained by learning about the vagaries of the junk bond market. This piece is not entertaining nor edifying.
Also Enron was a gazillion times better.
See it if want to watch a lecture on HOW a particular event in financial history occurred and be in the dark about WHO the people involved really were
Don't see it if you want to go to the theater and relate to at least one character. This was as dry as a podcast by a boring teacher.
See it if You want to hear a dry lecture on the financial world. The show lives up to it's name.
Don't see it if Void of feelings or personality, this show is DRY. Uninteresting story, dull characters & bland performances.
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.
See it if You wonder what could be more boring than say, a play about dentistry. Or if you’re a finance junkie.
Don't see it if If you’ve seen Wolf of Wall Street or Wall Street, you’ve seen this play. But those movies were (of course) vastly superior.