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 are interested in a glitzy set, want to see a good lead actor, and won't mind a very uncompelling script with a mundane message
Don't see it if you are not interested in bland junk bond explanations in a vehicle that lacks character development and desperately needs editing.
See it if Really good writing staging and acting expalining the junk bond phenomenon and greed.
Don't see it if You're looking for light song and dance or usual broadway fluff
See it if you are interested in the Mike Milken area on wall street and what happened, how it happened, explained in a simple way. good acting
Don't see it if I love Ayad Akhtar's plays but this is not written as well and the others. Disappointed. acting was great. interesting staging but play not
See it if You have even the slightest interest in the stock market and love really great theater.
Don't see it if You think you will have trouble connecting the dots in a very intelligent play
See it if you are interested in the financial world of the 1980's and its affect on today's economy The play is intelligent and sharp.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy a sharp, quick pace with scenes that change in minutes. Or if finance is not a topic you chose to learn more about.
See it if you are interested in the stock market scandals in the 80s. It’s a great production and beautifully acted, easy to follow.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the stock market.
See it if you enjoy a well acted drama -if you want to be in the know read up on Miliken and the junk bond market
Don't see it if if talky plays are not your thing
See it if You want to see something tinged with political depth but not quite taking on today's political climate.
Don't see it if You don't know much about money or how money exchanges hands.
See it if You want to see great acting and staging. If you want to get more insight into the funk bond fiasco
Don't see it if You are expecting lush scenery. If you have no interest in real life drama
See it if Interested in a story about greed, opportunism, and finance run amok. Well staged and some great performances
Don't see it if You know this story already. It's been told many many times before, and it doesn't bring anything new to the table.
See it if you want a history of junk bonds and want to see some great acting. Although the play is quite long, it is very entertaining.
Don't see it if you are not interested in finance or cannot maintain attention for long periods of time. You need to pay attention to the details.
See it if You want to see an abridged history lesson of Junk Bonds
Don't see it if You want to see a tight script. Even the few sympathetic characters do not garner much sympathy
See it if You like really intelligent plays you have to focus on, and aren't bored by the financial sector.
Don't see it if You don't want to focus carefully on the action and are really bored by anything having to do with finance.
See it if you think you might like to revisit the spectacular fall from grace of trader Michael Milken, in a spirited and cogent theatrical format.
Don't see it if you struggle to care about the impact of financial transgressors, or if you have trouble following slightly disjointed storytelling.
See it if You want to rehash the rising tide of greed in America with all its cliches
Don't see it if You are outraged by the present state of affairs in America. It will only add to your stomach acid.
See it if You have an interest and some knowledge of Wall Street activities. You're attuned to fast paced, intelligent, dialogue and unique staging.
Don't see it if You are seeking a fun-holiday play for friends/family. This is play is best for an avid theater goer who likes more challenging material.
Also I thought lead Stephen Pasquale and all the cast superb!
See it if you are interested in theater that explores social challenges & dynamics & probes the motivations of people to ultimately self-destruct.
Don't see it if You want characters who are realistically portrayed (they were cardboard to me).
See it if you enjoy fast-paced historically-based (1980s) dramas.
Don't see it if do not like watching stories where characters have compromised integrity and morality for money, power and greed.
See it if you understand and are interested in the US economy, stocks, etc. It's very similar to The Big Short...
Don't see it if you can't handle money talk and get bored by it easily
See it if you're interested in the pitfalls of a capitalist economy.
Don't see it if you're looking for something that doesn't require a significant amount of thought or focus and rather just be entertained.