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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
77
Avg Score

During previews
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Play with great staging. Lots of characters serious subject

Don't see it if Like musicals

During previews
87
Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You like great staging, enjoy strong ensembles, fast moving plot and dialogue

Don't see it if You don’t care about Financial deals and Wall Street matters

During previews
85
Ambitious, Relevant, Quirky, Confusing, Fast

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.

Also The staging is great and it's willfully chaotic. It works on many leve... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Riveting

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.

During previews
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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!

Also Script would SO MUCH have benefited from a read-over by one of the gaz... Read more Read less

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
90
Great staging, Riveting

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.

During previews
87
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant

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

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You remember the financial crisis from Junk bonds

Don't see it if If you aren't interested in a show about financing and the stock market

During previews
70
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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

Also I saw only the second preview so I can absolutely imagine that it can ... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you like movies like The Big Short or Wall Street.

Don't see it if you have absolutely zero interest in the financial world or prefer musicals.

During previews
81
Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You want a fascinating, brilliant look at to the junk bond '90's.

Don't see it if You don't like great drama!

During previews
90
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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.

During previews
75
Sadly it is still relevant, Trump types on stage, Funny

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

During previews
70
Confusing, Disappointing, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if You like shows about the financial industry and investment bankers and junk bonds

Don't see it if You dislike investment banking stories or want a more upbeat show with attractive design elements

During previews
75
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're interested in finance, liked "the big short", are a fan of large cast plays

Don't see it if you're looking for something light

During previews
73
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You care about economics, current business & politics

Don't see it if You like light musicals

During previews
72
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Overlong

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.

Also Must admit that this slick production of a clever script is not my tas... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Junk bond debacle brought to life at the theater

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.

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

During previews
83
Intense

See it if Economic downturns reminiscent of this sort of unethical takeovers

Don't see it if You don't find this interesting

During previews
97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You loved the movie wall street, like stories about money, business and greed, appreciate fab acting.

Don't see it if It is long and a little preachy in its own way.

During previews
32
Slow, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You want to listen to expositions on the market.

Don't see it if You want to enjoy a good night of theater.


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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