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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

70
Ambitious, Intense, Resonant

See it if you are interested and can follow stories about high finance

Don't see it if don't want to relive the financial ups and downs of the 80s

95
Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to be in a whirlwind of an evening. Very fast paced and so smartly done.!Acting is great. You won’t be bored!!!

Don't see it if Just see it! You won’t be disappointed.

81
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

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.

60
Slow, Disappointing, Relevant, Confusing, Insipid

See it if it was cool to see Steven Pasquale

Don't see it if it was almost as boring as Oslo

78
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy ambitious drama recalling he me me me 80's. This fast pace show will take you put in the middle of the action.

Don't see it if if you lost your shirt in the junk stock market.

72
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You have a real interest in the machinations of Wall St. and how the cheaters and con men operate. Thought provoking and challenging.

Don't see it if Rapid-fire delivery freezes your brain. Or, if full-length dramas tire you out.

Also Great set, lighting, staging, and wardrobe. Highly theatrical.

72
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You have an interest in the market and how hostile takeovers work.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light or something surprising.

Also I felt like the actors really made this show. The performances were in... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like a well acted portrayal of events that were typical of those during the unregulated junk bond era. Thought provoking

Don't see it if You prefer to see a musical

79
Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Fast paced drama about contemporary financial issues.

Don't see it if Not interested in plays about finance. Are sensitive about how Jews are portrayed .

Also Pleasantly surprised after some lukewarm word of mouth reviews

73
Great staging, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You like films like Wall Street and the Big Short and are looking for a theater version. Staging was great and most of the acting was good.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit in on a finance lecture. Characters aren't well developed. Felt like more of the same with these greedy finance topics

58
Disappointing, Dull

See it if you are OBSESSED with business and the stock market

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters or story

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting in a superb and wonderfully designed and directed show.

Don't see it if you prefer simple shows

80
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if a recap of history during the junk bond area of the 80's is of interest. Steve Pasquale is stellar is the lead. LCT is one of the best.

Don't see it if you have no interest in plays that talk about history but the characters are changed a bit to make them frictional

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into the subject matter (finance and ethics) and don't think the Michael Lewis movies said it all.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional set or startlingly new ground. It's entertaining and the dialogue is sharp.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to see a fantastic set with non stop action. This show reveals the underbelly of all that was/is wrong wth Wall St.

Don't see it if you do not like a fast paced show that can feel overwhelming at times.

78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if for a brisk portrayal of the manipulations, moralizings and principles of the financial world

Don't see it if seeking a more in-depth study of the mechanics is expected

70
Clever, Great staging

See it if you want to see several good performances in a play that moves along so quickly you won't be bored even if you can't follow everything.

Don't see it if you care more about substance than slickness. The ride was fun, but I'm not sure it ultimately went anywhere.

81
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You enjoyed movies/plays of the Wall Street type. You believe “greed is good” to quote Michael Douglas.

Don't see it if Financial gains or creation of wealth are difficult concepts for you to understand.

45
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you like stories like The Wolf of Wall Street, but with less action.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Wall Street, or the 1980's.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if IF U LIKE PLAYS ABOUT HIGH FINANCE AND YOU UNDERSTAND FINANCES,U WILL ENJOY THIS PLAY.VERY WELL ACTED AND KEPT U GUESSING .GO SEE THE PAY.

Don't see it if IF YOU WANT A BROADWAY PRODUCTION AND THAT U DON'T UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL VERNACULAR.U HAVE TO STAY AWAKE TO KEEP UP WITH THE CHARACTERS.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Wow! Mr Akhtar does it again! Another well written play with complex characters & great direction.

Don't see it if If the story of Junk bonds and the disturbing distruction of US company's.

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you liked The Big Short, and can deal with a quick moving issues play. At 2.5 hours, it never dragged once!) Simple but glitzy staging.

Don't see it if You want a character driven drama -- this is an issues -- and economic one at that -- play.

70
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you're a Ayad Akhtar fan, Lincoln center subscriber or like financial industry/ junk bond themed shows

Don't see it if you want light entertainment or don't like financial market theatre. Decent acting an alot of dialogue

41
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You don't mind overwritten plays that need editing and shortening. Despite a stellar cast, this play is an unfocussed snoozefest.

Don't see it if You like to stay awake in the theatre. You like to care about a character on the stage. You have to sit in the side sections.

Also This was done a hell of a lot better in the 80's with Other People's M... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy electrifying and timely drama and if your eyes don’t glaze over when the topic is finance. Beautifully staged, a dynamite cast.

Don't see it if You believe the 1% earned their wealth through honest work (and don’t want that opinion challenged).


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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