Already closed | 2h 45m | Midtown W

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

From 295 member  reviews
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

81
Great acting, Raunchy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy raunchier material married to a time period not like our own

Don't see it if you're going with someone under the age of 13 - and want something that is faster/less dense

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoyed the movie Dangerous Liaisons with Glen Closeor Cruel Intentions. Also if you're a fan of Liev Schrieber.

Don't see it if You only like to see musicals as this is not. If you do not like stories about manipulation and deceit.

Also Elena Kampouris who play Cecil was incredible. You can also find her i... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you are in the mood for an actors workshop. The leads and whole cast bring the characters to life. Beautiful set design and transitions.

Don't see it if You are looking for something more fast paced and or more modern.

100
Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like humor and back stabbing. The period clothing was gorgeous.

Don't see it if You don't like people who cheat on eachother.

76
Surprisingly tame

See it if You enjoy period pieces chocked full of double dealings

Don't see it if You have seen/ are expecting the Glenn Close - John Malkovich interpretation

86
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You're looking for a GREAT production of a riveting play!

Don't see it if You're a prude...

85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like complex story and good acting. It's a long play, but at the end is well worth the time.

Don't see it if seeing a men pursuing multiple women turns you off

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Janet McTeer making bad look so wickedly good is exciting, you loved Cruel Intentions (you're an adult now, see what the movie was based on

Don't see it if classic language w/ dialect bothers you

75
Ambitious, Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a new take on a play that seems to have not aged well. Good actors struggle and give their all but in the end OK only.

Don't see it if You have the original in mind or are not a Liev Schrieber or Janet McTeer fan

80
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a strong production of a great play

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 3 hours

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Indulgent, Flat

See it if you want to see a great performance by Janet McTeer.

Don't see it if a play about sex and revenge isn't quite as sexy and raunchy as it thinks it is. At times falls flat, despite it's best efforts.

Also Based on seeing it at the Donmar Warehouse

72
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love the play. The staging is great as is most of the acting. Unfortunately Liev Schreiber is completely miscast.

Don't see it if You have seen the original and have certain expectations for Le Vicomte de Valmont (in this production Liev Schreiber).

75
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Riveting

See it if You enjoy expertly acted period pieces with beautiful costumes or you are a fan of the lead actors.

Don't see it if You don't want to follow a period piece with many characters and a twisty plot. You are upset by the suggestion of sexual manipulation.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy intelligent straightforward classical theatre. This also requires an emotional investment with characters who may not deserve it.

Don't see it if you are looking for a light entertaining evening of feel good theatre. Three hours with these difficult characters is no walk in the park.

Also This is a tough one for me as I have a long attachment to this show ha... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy classics with outstanding acting that make you think about history and current events.

Don't see it if You don't like words, ideas, thoughts, challenges. . .

76
Clever, Banal, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a cleverly written play.

Don't see it if you've seen the movie. In the revival, the dramatic climax doesn't come to fruition due to a lack of careful escalation of the performances.

Also Also, did anyone else kept on hearing Alan Rickman's sly Snape-esque v... Read more Read less

71
Disappointing, Slow, Okay, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of Liev Schreiber or Janet McTeer.

Don't see it if you are expecting something special.

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intelligent

See it if You like watching terrible people masterfully manipulate everyone around them

Don't see it if you don't enjoy scenes of sex and coercion.

66
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like sexual intrigue, dark characters, period pieces.

Don't see it if you dislike talky plays with sinister characters.

Also So disappointing. I wanted it to thrill and chill. Instead, it remaine... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a master in the art of seduction and the complexities of love and romance between the sexes.

Don't see it if You are thinking of entering a convent or monastery.

Also Cads somestimes show up on the political scene. I can think of one in ... Read more Read less

79
Great costumes, Engaging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love Janet McTeer (great here!), the play itself, or want to see Liev Schreiber (not at his best) in a beautifully designed period drama

Don't see it if period dramas aren't your thing, or if you couldn't bear seeing a production that isn't as sharp-edged and harrowing as it should be!

82
Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if fantastic acting very absorbing play

Don't see it if you do not like dramas

75
Insipid, Romantic, Raunchy, Slow, Banal

See it if You like sexy people doing sexy things.

Don't see it if You want to see a classic come undone at the seams.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if appreciate great acting, clever dialogue, great staging/costumes

Don't see it if get confused easily

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Sexy, mean spirited

See it if you enjoyed reading/seeing as a movie. McTeer is wonderful & Powerful. You like sex & subtle comedy. Entertaining The cast was very good.

Don't see it if If you don't like these period plays, It was long but passed quickly. However, it slowed in a few places.

Also McTeer was terrific. Unfortunately I expected Liev to be far better. P... Read more Read less


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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