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 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 Different type of play based upon Michael Milken type "Junk " bond financier.Well written and staged.Large cast is terrific.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in the subject matter. It is very entertaining and commands your attention from start to finish.
See it if You suspect that money brings out the best in people and also the worst.
Don't see it if You dislike dramas set in the world of high finance.
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 like great acting, relevant stories, and clever sets.
Don't see it if you don't like complicated stories based on current events with a lot of talking.
See it if You want to see a lively, riveting, well-written play set in the conscienceless finance world of the 1980s.
Don't see it if You can't stomach the hubris and greed that is all too present in our economic and political structures.
See it if If you remember Milken, and the junk bond scandal you will find this very interesting. Spoiler alert: the good guys don't win!
Don't see it if You aren't interested in history or the world of finance.
See it if You have any interest in how leveraging debt through junk bonds created billions in the 1980’s. Excellent acting and very well executed.
Don't see it if You have no interest in, or knowledge of the 1980’s junk bond industry and the billions created.
See it if you like plays that are complex and make you think. Steven Pasquale is phenomenal. The play manages to both educate and entertain throughout
Don't see it if do not like long plays. The play is very technical. If you do not want to have to pay attention to detail then you should not see it.
See it if You want an adult show, well acted, fast paced, with a cast that plays well off each other. The story is historical yet timely, and amusing.
Don't see it if You need happy endings, want character redemption, don’t like “wordy” shows, or care about the financial industry. It’s very focused.
See it if Crisply written beautifully staged reviving memories of the debt driven 80s exploring greed vanity power and loss of moral compass for $
Don't see it if You are bored by financial jargon and don’t want to revisit Michael Milken/Boesky era
See it if You want to see a great drama about financial markets that is wholly relevant: the struggle btwn old & new money, btwn profits and people.
Don't see it if Financial jargon will turn you off - you need at least a basic understanding of things like stock and debt to keep up.
See it if You at to see a good show, well written with a good cast. If you understand the nuances of the biz world and finances.
Don't see it if You have no interest in the story behind this play, or in biz world and junk bonds.
See it if you remember Michael Milken and his dealings in junk bonds and want to see a reenactment of what he did and what happened
Don't see it if you don't like serious dramas; you might find 22 characters confusing
See it if Richly created portraits for many of the characters give the talented cast many opportunities to shine and gives empathy to all characters
Don't see it if You've had enough of the financial crisis; you are looking for answers and clear cut villans and heros
See it if you are interested in learning some things about the manipulation of the financial market. I enjoyed it and learned some history.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about the financial world.
See it if you want to see a play about the 80's Junk Bond era, that is well acted, well directed, and that your friends are talking about.
Don't see it if you expect to get insight into the events of the 80's on Wall Street or if you don't like yelling.
See it if you like serious plays about high finance. The well paced show moves along and never drags. An incite into junk bond manipulation.
Don't see it if you don't like shows about corporate finance or you are looking for a funny play.
See it if A hard-driving thinly disguised retelling of the rise and fall of Michael MIlken the "Junk Bond King" in the 1980's. Never a dull moment.
Don't see it if If the complexity of financial transactions put you to sleep no matter how vividly they are portrayed.
See it if you enjoy challenging material on a serious subject which is not always easy to follow, brilliantly staged, and based on true events.
Don't see it if you only want to be entertained and you don't want to have to deal with conflict and angry confrontations.
See it if you like historic plays and if you are interested in the stock market decline in the 80's. Production is iarge scale with large cast
Don't see it if if you only like musicals or if you don't care about plays about the stock market
See it if You want to rehash the financial crisis and see how it spins out of control from various viewpoints. It’s long but keeps up the pace.
Don't see it if It reminded me of Enron the musical so didn’t seem so novel. Stephen Pasquale seemed miscast.
See it if You're interested in seeing how the Wall Street folks make money. Not always admirable. You learn what really motivates people.
Don't see it if you don't have interests in the financial world, who inhabits this world and why.