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 would like to see a theatre version of Wall Street (the movie) on stage. The actors are great, though.
Don't see it if you dislike verbose plays with little theatrical value
See it if A smart show about the 80's financial world. Talented cast but interesting perspective on a complicated topic. Still relevant today.
Don't see it if Speeches were preachy, the language didn't sound like real people. Could have been trimmed by a half hour.
See it if You get a discounted seat and want some decent but not great, entertainment.
Don't see it if If you happen to like big, flashy shows with no real substance...
See it if a thought provoking exploration of the origins of the junk bond era of finance and its real life effects on people, industry & the economy.
Don't see it if this is not light entertainment. The play is at times a bit dense with talk of finance & business practice.
See it if you're fascinated by finance, Wall Street, economics, corporate intrigue, hostile takeovers, money, greed, prejudice, or business.
Don't see it if you want to see something happy and uplifting. This play will be incomprehensible if you don't understand finance or Wall Street.
See it if Your interested in the stock market, like great acting and great staging, like relevant theater.
Don't see it if you're not at all interested in business or the stock market.
See it if Wall Street, money, business dealing, and shady deals are your thing. Set in 1985, JUNK gives a bird's eye view of a deal as it unravels.
Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment, don't like talking plays, and find the entire business world to be a bore.
See it if you love the excitement (as I do!) of a large ensemble cast in a slick, entertaining production
Don't see it if you're looking for a new or particularly deep take on our financial system
See it if you have an interest in the Michael Milliken/Drexal Burnham junk bond fiasco. Well done theater with entertaining staging and performances.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the historical aspects of financial malfeasance.
See it if You appreciate excellent acting , writing, and directing. A serious play with a few ironies
Don't see it if You prefer musicals and lighthearted comedies
See it if You want a quick, yet thorough lesson about the junk bond crisis of the 1980's. You want to see a well-acted, fast-paced drama.
Don't see it if You have no interest in past or current financial crises or in recent history.
See it if you understand the financial world. Like to see evil and greed keep their ethical outlook.
Don't see it if you can't pay attention and follow a complex story. Or you are unable to laugh at horrible people doing horrible things.
See it if This is a very skillfully written and performed history of the Michael Milken junk bond era, with very slick staging.
Don't see it if It's entirely superficial -- there's no attempt to understand the decisions made by the key players, so it's fine exposition but no analysis
See it if you like fast paced, thought-provoking cerebral dramas based on real life events and people.
Don't see it if you don't care about the financial crisis and what caused it and don't like wordy dramas.
See it if you have an interest in financial matters/inside trading, or stories about double-crossing investigations.
Don't see it if you don't want a couple of intense hours with a lot of power plays.
See it if you enjoy anything about wall street in the 80'sthat's relevant, well written and acted.
Don't see it if you're looking for the excitement of The Big Short.
See it if you like a cleverly staged show on how easy it is to be ambitious, greedy and prejudice and, thereby, corrupted and exploited.
Don't see it if you do not like seeing how corrupt, greedy, prejudiced and self-indulgent people can be - especially - by money. ambition and power.
Also The show is screaming out to become a musical. I hope they do so.