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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star in Donmar Warehouse's revival of the classic tale of sex, power, and betrayal among the 18th-century French aristocracy. More…

Direct from London, McTeer reprises her role in Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed production of Christopher Hampton's 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' directed by Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke. 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' begins with two ex-lovers who scheme to ruin the reputation of an innocent young aristocrat. As their game of manipulation becomes more intricate, they quickly discover that the stakes are higher than they bargained for—and their last encounter may be their most dangerous by far.

2h 45m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (295)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Clever
78
Avg Score

70
Clever, Edgy, Intense, Strong mcteer, Weak schreiber

See it if you're a McTeer fan (I am). She dominates without an equal sparring partner. Liev falls flat. Almost all-white cast. Polished production.

Don't see it if you're upset by scheming characters who purposely hurt others...and thereby themselves. Cruelty is a game. A talky show; some parts drag.

Also Aren't real candles a fire hazard?

81
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You're a fan of period piece scaled down. I didn't see the original but from what I understand this one is a lot "simpler"...I like that.

Don't see it if You adored the original I think you will probably be disappointed.

75
Compelling, Problematic, Great acting, Surprising, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see some great acting performances in a play that paints a very problematic picture of the agency of its female characters.

Don't see it if you'll be upset by a positive portrayal of a man who thinks "no" means "yes" when it comes to sexual consent.

67
Dated, Slow, Stuffy, Amazing janet mcteer, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an outstanding performance from Janet McTeer. You like pretty costumes.

Don't see it if You remember the better movie versions. You want to see a cast that enjoying the performance:w/the exception of 2 actresses, they're not.

Also The show looks great, the script is one of the greats. Only Janet McTe... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Sexy, Slow

See it if you're interested in an intelligent production with masterful performances & exquisite design (you'd think a Vermeer painting came to life).

Don't see it if you need something fast paced and easily accessible.

72
This les liaisons is not dangereuse enough

See it if you want to see two old pros McTeer & Schreiber dishing out delightful double entendres, hilarious newcomer E. Kampouris stealing scenes

Don't see it if this production misses the brilliant, seamless repartee, chemistry and shock value of droll original with Duncan & Rickman

Also McTeer and Schreiber take two different acting approaches that don't m... Read more Read less

76
Great acting, Intelligent, Romantic, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy French Revolutionary-set dramatic thrillers or could watch Janet McTeer act the phone book (she's magnificent).

Don't see it if You've disliked this play in the past (there's nothing new here) or aren't interested in a nearly three-hour drama.

81
Long, Not for kids, Great acting, Strange plot

See it if Janet McTeer was pretty incredible. The rest of the cast was also good although unfortunately Liev Schreiber seemed somewhat miscast.

Don't see it if You don't like old fashioned drama. Not much humor. Convoluted plot. Slow at times. Even sleep inducing.

Also As the play went on Liev Schreiber seemed more comfortable but he almo... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Funny, Strange staging

See it if blatant sexual innuendo & heavy irony amuse you. There's a lot of philosophy for justification where a sense of fun would have worked better

Don't see it if you're easily distracted. Staging has people inexplicably dancing on & off stage & moving chandeliers that are replaced by fluorescents

89
Great acting, Masterful

See it if See Liev Schreiber up close. Everyone is having affairs left & right. Easy to follow. Sword fight at very end.

Don't see it if If you'll be offended by some simulated sex on stage

68
Great writing, Disappointing, Lifeless

See it if you are a big fan of Liev Schreiber or Janet McTeer. However, both have performed better elsewhere.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a lifeless version of a very good play. Perhaps the day after Christmas was responsible for these listless performance

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Mean spirited, Well acted

See it if you like Donmar Warehouse productions, McTeer and Schreiber; you can accept Valmont is not played by Richman and you enjoy high stakes games

Don't see it if you are adverse to 2 1/2 hrs of cruel intentions, deceit, sexual themes and characters with way too much time on their hands.

Also Good acting all around, just nuanced differently from the movie versio... Read more Read less

70
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see some great acting performances—McTeer was excellent. You enjoy romance, scheming and plotting. Costumes are nice.

Don't see it if you were hoping this production would be more dynamic. It's a solid effort, and had potential to be riveting, but something is lacking.

77
Decadent sexual sophisticated frenchified

See it if McTeer is magnificent. Liev is a bit stiff, except in his seduction scenes. I've seen the play a few times before. A period & costume piece

Don't see it if Love Raffi Barsoumian who plays the smitten youth Danceny. I saw him play the heroic Pericles at the Public. How versatile he is..

85
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want to see superb acting. This is the 3rd version of Liaisons I've seen and by far the best. Set is awful, but everything else is great

Don't see it if you don't like good acting.Set and some of the choreo between scenes is overly theatrical.Play itself works very, very well despite that. Go

70
Gorgeous costumes and set, Slow, Romantic, Intense, Risque

See it if you want to see Liev Screiber on stage. Personally, I went for Janet McTeer who is giving an INCREDIBLE performance.

Don't see it if you're easily bored with period pieces and don't like fluffy language.

72
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Indulgent, Riveting

See it if you want a master class in acting, Janet McTeer & Liev Schreiber are excellent! Terrible characters you love

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced modern play or something fresh; or if you are uncomfortable with sexual situations

84
Great writing, Funny, Intelligent, Indulgent, Slow

See it if a war-of-the-sexes via sexual combat, inappropriate conquests, and dry wit appeals to you.

Don't see it if you're not a Liev Schreiber fan? Though I'm not per se, he's pretty good here.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Nice costumes

See it if you enjoy an eighteenth century story about devious social manipulation. Kind of like Ray Donovan in 1780.

Don't see it if you don't have enough patience to sit through lengthy dialogue to enjoy the complexities of this plot.

82
Absorbing, Riveting, Sexy

See it if like a play well acted about cat and mouse tactics using sex and revenge to satisfy your desires and self worth in 18th century France.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with plays that are sexually explicit and show people at their worse.

40
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated

See it if you love the other rivals

Don't see it if you want see a better show.

88
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great costuming

See it if You want to see brilliant acting. A period piece of master manipulation by former lovers, for pure enjoyment and the relief of boredom.

Don't see it if you do not like period pieces where females are treated as sex objects, shows that involve a lot of close listening, and/or sexual tension.

Also I enjoyed this quite a bit more than expected. The acting and chemistr... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Intense, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are a fan of Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber. Both are believable in their roles.

Don't see it if You don't like long dramas. The humor seemed oddly placed.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if you want a well-acted and interesting play about spoiled and mean-spirited people in 18th Century Paris. Adapted from a 1782 novel.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces.

72
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Slow

See it if You've never seen it before on stage. This play was revived not too long ago by Roundabout, and the present cast provides a stark contrast.

Don't see it if Lengthy period pieces are not your cup of tea. The play is long and seems to move slowly at times.


October 30th, 2016
"Ms. McTeer and Mr. Schreiber come across as magnificent bulls who have strayed into a Limoges china shop...Directed by Josie Rourke, this latest 'Liaisons' falls into the trap of such broadness early and lies there, gesticulating madly, for more than two and a half hours. Occasionally something ...
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October 30th, 2016
"Ghostly and sensuous revival of Christopher Hampton’s hit play (based on the 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)...Schreiber’s impassive libertine pairs nicely with McTeer’s vengeful, wicked widow. Director Josie Rourke opts for a languid pace as these two dance a minuet of wast...
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October 30th, 2016
""A gorgeous but tiresome revival...Most of the laughs in the first half-hour were dead on arrival. That’s exactly backward; 'Liaisons' works better as a rollicking comedy that then pulls you up short, slowly implicating you in its cruelty. It doesn’t help that Rourke directs the ensemble to make...
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October 30th, 2016
"A blazing performance by Janet McTeer...Even if Liev Schreiber is ill-suited for the part of Valmont, Josie Rourke's evocative staging provides a compelling portrait of a dissolute aristocracy on the brink of devouring itself...All this would be just so much juicy bodice-ripping melodrama withou...
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