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Linda Vista

From 309 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts ("August: Osage County") takes a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life spiral in this production from Steppenwolf. More…

From the show:

Just out of his ex-wife’s garage and into a place of his own, Wheeler starts on a path toward self-discovery — navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.


Member Reviews (309)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing
80
Avg Score

80
Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if This was a really well acted play. Much better than Nebraska. A funny play and moves for the most part quickly. Great ensemble cast.

Don't see it if Full nudity and explicit language. If you dont want politics in a play.

80
Biting, Raunchy, Disturbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if Self-loathing man going through mid-life crisis feeds his ego & hurts people. His exaggerated damaged character makes for a lot of drama.

Don't see it if You can’t abide Dick Wheeler, a funny narcissistic misogynist who sucks people in. Maybe too contrived, but maybe not. Nude sex scenes.

Also I liked the ambiguous ending! Has he turned a new leaf, or....

78
Slow, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if Lett's funny, astute & often bilious portrait of 'toxic masculinity' Superb ensemble led by a bravura Barford It's the writing that shines

Don't see it if Lett's tries awfully (no pun intended) hard to have us empathize w/Wheeler But the rationales albeit skillful fall flat & come off as hollow

84
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you seek a smart, authentic, provocative portrayal of mid life crises & damaged people trying to find their way, from the ever-astute Letts.

Don't see it if ur offended by frank discussions & depictions of sex, incl. nudity (tho it doesn't seem gratuitous); ur trying to avoid current politics.

Also Aside from a hackneyed gag toward the end of the show (wherein our pro... Read more Read less

85
Overrated, Quirky, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if fan of Tracy Letts, for a great performance by Ian Banford, incisive portrait of a modern straight selfish uber-male out-of-touch with women

Don't see it if not interested in a sharp portrait of an alienating, frustrating obnoxious character or plays that go on a bit too long

79
Predictable, Banal, Clever staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if good writing that finds subtle humor in ordinary life situations pleases you.

Don't see it if watching losers follow their bad demons to inevitable conclusions depresses you.

80
Extreme sexual scenes, Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you love Letts, VERY funny dramas, growth in characters, excellent acting.The dialogue is wonderful.Characters are well rounded.

Don't see it if full frontal nudity and very realistic sex acts are distracting.Play goes off the rails when it gets so graphic.Not necessary.Cringe worthy

90
Hilarious, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a great human story well written and performed by a great ensemble cast

Don't see it if you are upset by language and nudity or do not enjoy thinking at the theater

84
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny/sad, Imperfect

See it if downward spiral of a damaged, self-destructive, middle-aged misanthrope told with incisive humor performed to perfection by a terrific cast

Don't see it if full frontal nudity, simulated sex scenes, toxic masculinity, & a few scenes that don't quite ring true would be deal-breakers.

Also Everyone in the cast had moments to shine, but it was Ian Barford, who... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if story of a sexist male having a mid-life crisis who is funny in the beginning; interested in seeing a characters true colors come

Don't see it if don't want toxic masculinity, full nudity, graphic sex scenes, foul language; want likable characters

Also The sex scenes were a turning point although hints to his character ha... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Toxic Masculinity: The Play appeals to you. This is definitely that.

Don't see it if the scathing humor can’t redeem the icky protagonist, a mediocre white guy who unrepentantly obliterates his every unearned privilege.

Also The cast is great, and the story is relevant and rings true, but it’s ... Read more Read less

80
Great acting

See it if You want to see a great performance by Ian Barford. Good book by Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if you are looking for an laugh out loud comedy. It's a sad tale of a dysfunctional middle aged guy.

75
Well-staged, Humorous, Tasteless & sophomoric at times, Raunchy, Uncomfortable to watch

See it if a fan of Tracey Letts who must see absolutely all of his work; unafraid of lots of cringe-worthy moments of sexuality and misogyny.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with: sexuality and nudity, misogyny, cynicism, cheating, negligent parenting, and/or curmudgeonly middle-aged white men.

Also In Linda Vista, white men are despicable, the surrounding women little... Read more Read less

13
Excruciating, Sad and borning sex scene, Non-humorous, Boring, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of Tracy Letts or someone in the cast, or want to sit in the most cramped seats on God's Green Earth.

Don't see it if Gratuitous foul language and sex are of interest to you, as opposed to solid dialogue and meaningful intimacy.

Also In all fairness, I left at the interval, and would have left after the... Read more Read less

79
Funny

See it if Beautiful disaster of a 50 yo divorced man trying to see himself again. Funny scrooge jokes with references more for older audience.

Don't see it if Whiny, sarcastic older white men or full nudity (3 people) annoy you. Don't like characters that continue to dig their own graves.

Also Diversity: complex, strong, unapologetic Asian American female charact... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Letts & ready to laugh & sigh as you watch a 50 year old man & his self-destructive behavior in his escapades with women

Don't see it if On stage nudity is not ok with you

82
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see an adult comedy about a guy in his mid ages going through a mid-life crisis.

Don't see it if don't want to see the worst case scenario of what middle age looks like. There are 2 very graphic sex scenes.

81
Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an intelligent evening in the theatre. The cast is excellent as is the writing.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy

93
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if you'll enjoy a very funny look at relationships, especially the toxic ones and the bad choices we are capable of making.

Don't see it if you are a prude and can't condone nudity or foul language even though, in this case, they are germaine to the storyline.

Also Tracy Letts writes some seriously F'd up shit. Whether psychological b... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Uneven, Great acting

See it if You want snappy writing and exceptional acting all around (also a fun and clever set).

Don't see it if You want a play with a strong driving plot or a play without some very uncomfortable moments on stage.

90
Superb vistas

See it if You want the Steppenwolf experience without the commute.

Don't see it if You hate long plays about a middle aged loser.

Also A modern loser du jour tale. The leather lung Wheeler is clearly not s... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see if Tracy Letts can find a new way to consider white male mediocrity. He actually finds something new to say. Beautifully.

Don't see it if You just can’t handle another middle-aged schlub who may or may not be redeemable.

Also The cast here is fantastic, and Barford gives a bravura lead performan... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A sharp & witty play about a mans downward spiral into midlife crisis as told by Tracey Letts.

Don't see it if You're offended by full frontal nudity and simulated sex. It's hard to empathize with the unlikable / self destructive protagonist.

87
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You have any interest in contemporary relationships. Or, see it if you want a good story with great acting

Don't see it if You can't endure long shows

85
Blunt, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking

See it if you're okay with a blunt, biting look at mid-life crisis. It's often tough to swallow but the writing & acting are first-rate. Steppenwolf!

Don't see it if you want an easily digestible show full of likable characters. Or if you have a problem with full-frontal nudity & explicit sex scenes.

Also I have to say, I really enjoyed this show, even though I couldn't real... Read more Read less


October 10th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "A Womanizer Who Devastates as He Charms: Tracy Letts, the author of 'August: Osage County,' reinvents the midlife crisis play with a hilarity that scalds in this Steppenwolf production."
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October 10th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Tracy Letts's Broadway play is a sharp portrait of a male midlife crisis."
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October 10th, 2019
"When Middle Age Goes Bad, in 'Linda Vista'"
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October 10th, 2019
"Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts' mostly unromantic comedy tracks a misanthropic narcissist in midlife-crisis freefall, and the women caught in his slipstream."
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