Living on Love
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Living on Love
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Living on Love NYC Reviews and Tickets

62%
(31 Reviews)
Positive
42%
Mixed
39%
Negative
19%
Members say
Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Cliched

About the Show

Opera star Renee Fleming fronts a new comedy concerning a war of infidelity between a diva and her maestro husband.

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Member Reviews (31)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
50
Disappointing, Embarrassing, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of the actors.

Don't see it if you are a fan of the actors..... Plot is dated, stale and overacted.

602 Reviews | 224 Followers
60
Disappointing, Funny, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if You like fluffy comedies, no matter how weak the material, or you want to see how bad an actress Renee Fleming is.

Don't see it if You're looking for smarter fare.

216 Reviews | 222 Followers
62
Slow, Original, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a great cast working together. Too bad the story was a bit weak. The highlight was when Renee Fleming sang.

Don't see it if You expect a story that holds your interest for more than a few minutes periodically.

184 Reviews | 373 Followers
60
Disappointing, Slow, A big miss

See it if need to see any of the talented cast and do not cast that the story/plot/book falls short.

Don't see it if want to see something fast moving and entertaining. Or want more than just a few good laughs

158 Reviews | 201 Followers
65
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Renee Fleming. The plot is intended to mimic those madcap film comedies of the 1930's.. but it falls short.

Don't see it if You primary motivation is to hear Renee Fleming sing.. She only performs one song.

134 Reviews | 78 Followers
68
Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you like the cast don't have high expectations.

Don't see it if you are looking for something that will stand out as fabulous among others that you've seen.

133 Reviews | 37 Followers
65
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see Renee Fleming in a straight play. The rest of the cast will be back; I doubt she will.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything but a vanity piece for Renee. She's swanning around; the rest of the cast is acting.

78 Reviews | 38 Followers
58
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Predictable and cliched. I did enjoy seeing Renee Fleming. I saw her a few weeks prior at The Met, so there was that.

Don't see it if I would say pass. Other than hearing Renee Fleming belt out a few high notes the rest of it was pretty forgettable.

Critic Reviews (27)

The New York Times
April 20th, 2015

"The play seems more like a forgotten bottom-drawer comedy from the 1930s, the kind that occasionally resurfaces at suburban dinner theaters...everybody in 'Living on Love' appears to be having a fairly good time. Whether audiences will share their joy is debatable."
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Time Out New York
April 21st, 2015

"The canned corn of DiPietro’s writing is pressed into mush by Kathleen Marshall’s clunky direction; the younger actors, who spend most of the play in a panic, are nearly unwatchable. 'Living on Love' is meant to be hammy, but it’s not even that. It’s a bland, synthetic dud: a ham-flavored turkey."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 20th, 2015

"Plenty of punch lines, but the audience’s response to them seemed as canned as the material. This is only in part because the play is set in 1957 and feels as if it were written then too. 'Living on Love' is tacky and weirdly downmarket, as if divas and maestros could only be made palatable to contemporary audiences by turning them into buffoons."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 20th, 2015

"There's nothing contemporary and too little that's consistently funny about playwright Joe DiPietro's refried serving of 'Peccadillo,' a minor Garson Kanin comedy from 1985. The new version does have the sporting turn of celebrated lyric soprano Renee Fleming. But when she is not onstage, the fizz quickly evaporates."
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Variety
April 20th, 2015

"Joe DiPietro’s comedy is an airy spoof of a famed soprano and her temperamental husband...It’s all very charming until the ill-advised saccharine payoff which has half the audience cheering and the other half wondering how long we have to put up with yet more shameless pandering to the social zeitgeist."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 20th, 2015

"It isn’t funny. Not even slightly so. Indeed, it’s so unfunny as to make the viewer despair of ever laughing again, much as a starving man might despair of ever eating again. 'Living on Love' originated at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, whose directors really should have known better than to send it to Broadway to die. "
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Deadline
April 20th, 2015

"DiPietro’s script is so inside in its opera jokes that you may find yourself gasping for air, though probably not from the laughs that director Kathleen Marshall works overtime extracting. It’s possible to imagine this as the perfect diversion for a summer evening. But on Broadway, it’s piffle, forgotten by the time you reach the corner."
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New York Post
April 20th, 2015

"The new Broadway comedy 'Living on Love' isn’t just filled with clichés — it revels in them. This is a show that has its cake, eats it, and then rubs whipped cream all over its face. It’s all shamelessly silly, and it works: In Joe DiPietro’s play, broad jokes and shameless hamming make for a guilty pleasure."
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