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 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 an intelligent script, superior acting, but asks the audience to pay attention and have to "think". Not light and fluffy.
Don't see it if you don't want to have to think about a play, or want a play with a clear protagonist and antagonist. There really is no one to root for.
See it if Fast moving true story with name changes ( to protect the greedy wicked ) that moves quickly and makes for a pleasant evening.
Don't see it if Stocks and bonds are not of interest to you and the players disgust you
See it if You want to see some great acting and snappy, albeit confusing, dialogue.
Don't see it if You're easily confused or thrown off by complex banking mumbo jumbo. I will confess I didn't know what was happening all the time.
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 deeply interested in the subject matter of junk bonds or risky financial decisions
Don't see it if you like your stories set within a broader context or with rich character development; this comes across as a straight story told not shown
See it if You enjoy the business world. Play too long and dense for newbies. Lead charismatic enough to invest 2.5 hours on. Siberry other standout.
Don't see it if you have little interest in business beyond the play. It's just a very long sit waiting for the kingdom to topple.
See it if you like information-dense dialogue and situations; you enjoy guessing the real-life models for these roles; you liked the play Enron
Don't see it if you're looking for nuance in characters--there are too many here to register as more than types--or motivation; you want human interest side
See it if you like shrill Wall Street/ bad guy bashing....if you like your actors to shout their opinions. Good acting in painful script.
Don't see it if you like nuance or a touch of humor brought to a serious subject.
See it if you are really interested in the history of finance. You have patience for slow storytelling, which rotates around a single topic.
Don't see it if you don’t like plays that feel long and motionless. The acting feels forced, and conveys a lack of interest and motivation from the actors.
See it if top notch acting, staging yet informational--fast paced, intelligent and informative theater. A wonderful theater piece.
Don't see it if Have no interest in financial world specifically crises of past few decades and its general impact on US & World economy.
See it if you're a Wall St wizard or want to know more about finance. Tells you enough to know that the financial shenanigans going on aren't right.
Don't see it if you expect justice to be served.
See it if you have any interest in finance, and seeing that world represented onstage. Several great performances; Steven Pasquale is spot-on.
Don't see it if you want to see something escapist and light. Also, please note the dialogue pacing is pretty quick. It’s engrossing, but you have to focus.
See it if you like good drama. Rarely can two and a half hours pass so quickly. Better than his Pulitzer Prize winner.
Don't see it if you'd rather not be entertained.
See it if you read the business pages of your favorite paper. See it if you know what junk bonds are. See it for the intense acting.
Don't see it if Wall Street does not interest you, or you like a play that does not make you think or concentrate on the dialogue.
See it if want to learn how junk bonds work. Get depressed. Our country belongs to big business movers & shakers. Sadly even more now in Trumpdom.
Don't see it if want any emotional connection to the characters.
See it if you are game for a well staged history lesson regarding a wild character in the financial world or are a big fan of Steven Pasquale.
Don't see it if you are expecting to be blown away be a massively theatrical piece of entertainment. This is solid, linear storytelling.
See it if you like fast-paced staging, very current themes and a great cast.
Don't see it if you expect complex character development, find it hard to follow basic financial jargon or like your plays short.
See it if you want to see a clever and well-written play about greed and power. Moves very fast for how long the play is.
Don't see it if you really don't want to hear financial terms all night.