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 liked "The Big Short" and are interested in further exploration. you want to feel slightly overwhelmed by modern-day capitalism.
Don't see it if you need all ends tightly knit together.
See it if You’re fascinated or in the know of the stock market - it will hold your attention. You’ll definitely be thinking of the Play.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see collusion to the nth degree - it’s definitely an intense cut throat show.
See it if you like a "Law & Order" experience in the theater.
Don't see it if that's not your thing ... I happen to be a fan, but it's not clear how much better the acting is. The staging IS great, the script not-s-m!
See it if you liked The Big Short. If you want to see next year's TONY winner for Actor in Featured Role...Michael Siberry.
Don't see it if you are swayed easily by the many naysayers on public forums...you will come in with a closed mind and miss a great play.
See it if You like challenging plots with strong exposition,& thought provoking ideas. If you liked Oslo or Disgraced. If you enjoy strong ensembles
Don't see it if Character driven plays are your thing, if you have no interest in economics, if talking suits put you off
See it if you are interested in the way insider trading works and how the stage was set for the financial crash in 2008
Don't see it if you are looking for more of a spectacle or a more fun look at finance a la Wolf of Wall Street, this is fairly serious
See it if You like good writing about financial shenanigans (circa 1985), with villeins you love to hate. Excellent acting and staging.
Don't see it if You want original subject-matter. The cost of a culture that worships money as been done better in theater and film. Akhtar has done better.
See it if You have an interest in the market and are willing to acknowledge how this has impacted our current political climate
Don't see it if If you are looking for an escape from reality, this is not for you. Questions of ethics will wrestle with your conscience.
See it if you don't mind not having anyone to root for; Wall Street intrigues you; good acting is enough even if not surprising
Don't see it if The sight of Trump wannabees upsets you; you want to be surprised; the sight of a Rudy Giuliani stand-in reminds you he is a toady and jerk
See it if you want a straight ahead, compelling narrative, which examines the moral compromises of the financial world.
Don't see it if you want a visceral experience in the theatre.
See it if You want to see the unfolding of the Milliken junk bond debacle in the 1980's. in a theatrical setting. Great staging and terrific acting .
Don't see it if You think you will be bored with the retelling of the junk bond crisis. Jews and Wasps are portrayed equally poorly.