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 enjoy intelligent writing, recall the market crash of 1987 & interested in the stock market and those who gamble on the Street
Don't see it if Wall Street and money manipulation doesn't interest you, you find complex narratives hard to follow, not a Steven Pasquale fan
See it if fine "procedural" explaining mechanics of junk bond financing & how its king/Mike Milken character was brought down; fine production values
Don't see it if this production has no passion and little drama; doesn't find deeper meaning in junk bond craze; ultimately don't care about characters
See it if You like plays about big events from history. You are interested in finance. You like plays told from multiple POVs.
Don't see it if You're not interested and/or know little about finance. You prefer to follow 1 character's POV. You prefer a play about contemporary events.
See it if you enjoyed the movies The Big Short or Wall Street, or shows that hold a mirror up to American business practices.
Don't see it if you can’t do heavy, fast-paced “finance talk.” If you’re not business savvy, all hope is not lost. Stretch your ear and you’ll get the gist.
See it if the interwinding of complex mini-plots keeps your attention rather then putting you to sleep. I enjoyed it; people near me didn't follow it.
Don't see it if you cannot buy central tickets. The digital elements of the set cannot be seen from the sides but the backs of heads can be.
See it if You love sleek, big, shiny, hip, fast-paced plays with big ensembles.
Don't see it if You dislike technical business jargon that’s generally difficult to follow, or plays where there’s no one good enough to root for.
See it if Perceptively loaded title of leveraging debt and thinly-disguised Miliken get the Lincoln Center treatment. Big production values.
Don't see it if The past predicts the future and all its relevant glories are on display as we're asked to make connections from unions to boardrooms & back
See it if A well staged, sleek production about wall street. It is educational in terms of showing us how we got to where we are today.
Don't see it if You are not interested in learning the recent history of wall street.
Also Two and a half hours with one intermission.
See it if you enjoy a high powered drama about a high powered industry. Wonderful acting and set.
Don't see it if you like light comedy. There is humor but the events are serious. You don't need to know about the financial world to enjoy this drama.
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.
See it if you are interested in the dark side of the financial market in the 1980s; you like sleek productions with hard working actors.
Don't see it if Where's the drama? Insider trading, debt, greed and hostile takeovers deserve passion and tension. Too much talk here, too little action.
See it if You are still interested in a retelling of the junk bond debacle on Wall Street in the 1980's, involving M. Milken. Large cast.
Don't see it if You are bored easily by an overload of financial explanations. The play is 2 1/2 hours long. There are too many characters.
See it if you know a bit about the junk bond market; this is a really interesting expose, fast paced and intelligent.
Don't see it if your knowledge of finance is non-existent; you want well developed characters and lots of deep dialogue; you don't like fast paced action.
See it if You want a lesson in what happened in the Junk Bond Era that lead to the quagmire were in today.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and breezy. This is an important piece of theatre that you probably shouldn’t miss.
See it if you enjoy slick productions with excellent staging, & interested in plays set in the finance world dealing with corruption/insider trading.
Don't see it if It has a different angle with junk bonds, but you probably have seen some variation of the same story. Good, but perhaps lacking originality
See it if you picked—and made an effort to understand—your own investments, considered that you’re voting w/ your dollars.
Don't see it if you want to feel moved or especially sympathetic. There are things to admire in Junk but I didn’t get the feels in the least.
See it if A well-done account of an important time in the US. Intelligently written. Inventively staged. Fun figuring out who was who.
Don't see it if If you don’t know about the people depicted with thinly veiled aliases, or if you don’t understand finance, it might go over your head.
See it if You enjoy a good drama based on junk bond trading in the 80's Well acted, even if you know how it will end.
Don't see it if Rehashing the past is of little interest
See it if you love taut dramas in which you concurrently feel sympathy and revulsion for both sides of a conflict.
Don't see it if if the deluge of financial terms and complexities of insider trading will make your eyes glaze over.
See it if The return of an excellent play which I first saw in London at the National.Still relevant in light of the current administration.
Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or dislike politically involved plays. Probably not a good play if you lost during the Junk bond crash.
See it if you like a show that focuses on the stock market in the 80's. Fast paced rich in detail, well acted and Stephen Pasquale is amazing.
Don't see it if your mind blurs whenever anyone talks to you about their investments.
See it if you like fine acting, details of the immoral machinations of Wall St. and commentary on our society's reverence for money and greed.
Don't see it if you dislike a play that is difficult to "follow" as it presents some of the complex minutia of our financial industry's strategies.
See it if you want a smart, action packed thriller based on true characters about the cut throat world of big business, corporate takeovers, and greed
Don't see it if you have no understanding or care about the world of big business and finance.
See it if You have an MBA and your broker on speed dial , otherwise this play might as well be in another language
Don't see it if You want character development and a plot you can understand
See it if you want to see an absorbing retelling of Wall Street manipulations and the outcomes. Great sets and masterful staging and ensemble acting.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the financial world and don't want to sit for two and a half hours (with an intermission).