Lobby Hero
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Lobby Hero
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Lobby Hero NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(411 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan's ('Manchester by the Sea') 2001 drama comes to Broadway in Second Stage's new production staring Michael Cera ('Juno'), Chris Evans ('Captain America'), and Brian Tyree Henry ('Atlanta').

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
90
Engrossing, Intelligent, Funny, Strong acting, Insightful

See it if you are a Lonergan fan. Outstanding script, filled w great characters & plot twists. All 4 actors shine. Lots to think about afterwards.

Don't see it if you only want to laugh. You will laugh, but there are heavy underpinnings. Not a lavish production, but so what? Lovely re-opened Hayes Th.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
91
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a well written play with four outstanding performances.

Don't see it if You don’t like wordy dramas that ask you to look at our perceptions from different points of view.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Characters seeking integrity & purpose grapple with truth/lies, trust/betrayal, family/society, duty/justice. Lots of humor. Great acting.

Don't see it if You can’t suspend disbelief for a contrived story. That everyone would share such sensitive info with the affable doorman/guard.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a glimpse into the lives of ordinary, sincere (in their way), imperfect people & their unique dilemmas in a thoughtful, droll play.

Don't see it if you don't want to explore your own responses to ethical quandaries re abuse of power, familial obligations, honesty, societal duties & trust Read more

618 Reviews | 274 Followers
88
Hear lonergan's unique voice in criminal justice setting brilliantly showing how morality of truth speaking is uncertain in morally ambiguous universe

See it if Lonergan presents uncomfortable moral issues while keeping audience on edge of seats & laughing uncomfortably; fabulous ensemble acting

Don't see it if in this incredibly nuanced play, one character - menacing, amoral cop - has no nuance; even the devil should have some appeal Read more

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if It is as good as the original. The use of the rotating set works. 2nd Stage joins the big time.The smallest Broadway house works.

Don't see it if Not sure if the female cop is too young for the role?? Think that the sound overall can be improved.

513 Reviews | 129 Followers
79
Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny, Long, Superficial

See it if you like Lonergan's work. Great performances by Evans & Henry. Story is good, just doesn't go deep enough. First act is entertaining

Don't see it if Rotating stage is overused and distracting. Henry plays the only 3-dimensional character. He is both believable & interesting. Read more

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funnier than the original, Riveting

See it if you have never seen Lonergan's play before. This is a sturdy production with some faults. The pace crawls in Act Two.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2.5 hours. Read more

Critic Reviews (51)

The New York Times
March 26th, 2018

"The combined wit and non-wisdom of these fallible (i.e. human) beings offers a fascinating reflection on those shaky internal compasses we call moral instincts. As to the ethical quandaries and quagmires in which these people are mired, they feel even more pointedly and sadly relevant than they did when 'Lobby Hero' was first performed...The performances here all so grounded that you never doubt their characters’ authenticity or sincerity."
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Time Out New York
March 26th, 2018

"Uses Cera’s ineffectual persona to deft comic effect, even as it smartly explores weighty questions of spinelessness and courage...The social issues that 'Lobby Hero' touches on—sexual harrassment, racial bias in the justice system, the blue wall of silence—are as topical now as when it premiered, but the play's lens is rigorously trained on the personal."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 26th, 2018

"A substantial and mostly satisfying revival...The soul of this production belongs to Jeff’s self-help-peddling African-American 'captain' and would-be mentor, William, infused by Brian Tyree Henry with a rawness and flow that completely re-centers the morality play...The play seems to have spent the last seventeen years waiting for the right cast, and this time it gets halfway there...Lonergan writes with warmth, wit and spontaneity, but 'Lobby Hero' is one of his more schematic pieces."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 26th, 2018

"'Lobby Hero' is a textured consideration of more or less honest characters dealing with sticky moral questions, its dramatic pulse and its needling humor underscored by a rich vein of melancholy...A very fine production — with strong casting, sensitive direction from Trip Cullman and dynamic physical design by David Rockwell...What makes 'Lobby Hero' so engrossing is that nobody is entirely right or wrong and the moral questions at stake are never simply black or white."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 26th, 2018

"'Lobby‘s' talky quartet are knit together by several loose connective threads that draw tighter as the story unfolds...As thinly written as the role reads on the page, Evans makes him more than a swaggering caricature of white male privilege...The stress points of race and sex and power the script touches on are only glancingly resolved. but 'Lobby' is still a smart, thoughtful piece of work, fairy-dusted by the starry presence of its celebrated cast."
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Variety
March 26th, 2018

"The play looks both kindly and critically upon the kind of characters Lonergan loves to write: working-class stiffs, generally decent people who are unexpectedly challenged by issues of ethics...Helmer Trip Cullman does his best work with small, tight ensembles like this one, so there’s no slack in the emotional tension and no escape from the sticky web that even nice people get tangled up in when they tell lies – especially the lies they tell themselves."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 29th, 2018

"The true star of the show is Mr. Henry, who is calm, solid and touchingly troubled...Mr. Evans is almost as good as the crooked cop, but Mr. Cera is a bit too easily jokey, while Ms. Powley’s broad-brush performance steers near the shoals of caricature...Mr. Lonergan’s play is more than sufficiently well wrought to withstand a moderate amount of miscalculation, whether directorial or otherwise, and Messrs. Henry and Evans are so fine that the flaws hardly matter."
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Deadline
March 29th, 2018

"No gimmick event, its no-weak-link casting anything but a stunt – strong enough, in fact, to merit serious Tony consideration. A fine and funny drama when it debuted Off Broadway in 2001, the play hasn’t so much aged as grown into itself and the world around it...'Lobby Hero' is mostly talk, and there are passages when plotting demands far too much from conversation, even conversation as clever as the stuff Lonergan concocts...Evans is the revelation here."
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