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’re interested in what our major playwrights want to tackle and want to be amused and entertained
Don't see it if you expect groundbreaking answers to life’s major questions
See it if you love high-tension fast-paced stories about Wall Street Finance shenanigans well-directed and well-acted in a full Broadway production
Don't see it if you need character depth and nuance -- the playwright sacrifices all that to keep this complex plot on track.
See it if You understand how the stock market and financial world works. This play is very well written and acted.
Don't see it if You don't know a little about the topic. Personally I don't understand the financial world and had a hard time "keeping up."
See it if You missed Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short at the movies and need a repeat production done on stage.
Don't see it if You have something more entertaining to see or can’t get a great deal.
See it if you like an engrossing story, well written with good acting
Don't see it if you are not interested in the behind the scenes activities of the business world
See it if you just have to see a bashing that isn't offering anything new
Don't see it if you aren't seated dead center, the side seats which are usually fine in this theater don't let you see the projections
See it if You're interested in plays that take place in the 80s and deal with that whole culture, including stories based on real events of that time.
Don't see it if You cannot follow or do not have any interest in financial terms. You don't want to see a show with a bunch of men standing around talking.
See it if You are interested in plays about financial related topics that are adequately acted and sparsely staged; you’re not bored by business ploys
Don't see it if You are easily bored or confused by topics related to finances and insider trading, you like to blown away by acting, or like a full set.
See it if you want to see a fast-paced, informative play on greed, corruption, and the manipulation of the financial markets.Great acting and staging.
Don't see it if you don't want a realistic education about market manipulation, hostile takeovers, corruption, etc. or just prefer not to think at a show.
See it if u want to a good (necessarily simplified) view into how the mortgage crisis happened & (more broadly) how Wall Street controls all our lives
Don't see it if you want to turn your brain off, you've got to pay attention to follow along. You don't want a reminder how the rich play by different rules
See it if you are a finance $$ person and LOVE shows about that but I have seen it done so much better on stage and in film.
Don't see it if you value your time. Bloodless. You care for no one or anything. Too slick/fast like maybe if they zip thru no one will notice play
See it if You’re interested in dramas recounting the financial crises of the 80’s. You like innovative sets/lighting & great ensemble acting.
Don't see it if A lot of financial jargon makes your head spin. Also if you like shorter works. Act II moves more quickly with more suspenseful action.
See it if you remember or want to know more about the Michael Milken era in greed or greed in the US in general and be entertained as well
Don't see it if you have little or no interest in how US financial markets and business work
See it if You are curious about economics and want to see a Michael Lewis book come to life on stage (not really his book but feels like it)
Don't see it if You are depressed by financial issues.
See it if You’d like a detailed primer on how the junk bond craze flourished and then failed. This passion for making money is always fascinating.
Don't see it if You find the financial world confusing or dislike a talky show. Also don’t go if you have bad memories of such times
See it if you are interested what was behind 80’s market scandals. Beautifully staged and well-acted. If you enjoyed the Big Short or Madoff stories.
Don't see it if Money manipulation is of no interest. If you don’t want to concentrate hard to follow the dense dialogue and plot with supporting concepts.
See it if Well written, well performed drama, like to compare insider trader issues of 80s to more recent times
Don't see it if You have no interest in money or wall street level problems
See it if You are interested in some fairley recent history of the wheeling and dealing in the stock market and how the Junk Bond scam toppled.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in LOTS of talk about money and not much action.