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'). More…
What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. In 'Lobby Hero' a young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop, and her unpredictable partner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
See it if An absolutely brilliantly written and acted piece of theatre which could not be more relevant had it been written yesterday !
Don't see it if You can’t deal with racial issues and class issues being portrayed in the most realistic way. Although my opinion is that it is for everyone
See it if Lonergan’s dialogue is spot on about dishonesty, workplace intimidation, sexual harassment, police misconduct, and judicial incompetence.
Don't see it if You don’t like humor mixed with a play that raises moral and ethical issues.
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.
See it if you like straight plays with fully developed characters, interesting plots, terrific acting, good directing.Holds your interest.
Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy.While it has movie stars, they are there to act, not to have you swoon.Terrific story. Worth seeing.
See it if You need to see Chris Evans live. You like Michael Cera's itchy, hands-stuffed in-his-pockets style of acting. Brian Tyree Henry is lovely.
Don't see it if You want to see this play as I think it was written. The central conundrum becomes lost in the blatant mysogyny of the Evans character.
See it if you haven't been inside Second Stage's new Broadway home! This play is so promising for what they plan to deliver with future shows.
Don't see it if The performances are solid and the play is really enjoyable, but I didn't feel blown away by what I saw.
See it if moral ambiguity, racial bias in the justice system, sexual harassment, loyalty and other still relevant issues are of interest.
Don't see it if you need everything in black & white.
See it if a show about ethical dilemmas - truth & the responsibility to tell it; includes issues about criminal justice system. Humorous & touching
Don't see it if you want action and not a lot of talk no matter how interesting. Want big scene changes.
See it if Poignant examination of truth telling, making ethical choices & the consequences. Serious subject told w/much humor & superb acting.
Don't see it if Very talky with no action, yet completely engaging due to great writing & acting. Thanks to humor it never feels too heavy handed or preachy
See it if You like well written plays with thoughtful dialogues. Telling the truth in a corrupt world and the choices one makes.
Don't see it if You want a flashy big show. This is intimate. One must listen carefully to follow the twists and turns.
Also No projections. No music. Just a really good play. Very worthwhile.
See it if you are more interested in movie stars than plot, or if a claustrophobic set does not affect you negatively, or if you enjoy profanity.
Don't see it if you are seeking something to stimulate, rather than narcotize, your brain.
See it if You are a Michael Cera fan, he is quite good , in a cast that shines. Story is a bit dated and predictable , but worth the effort
Don't see it if You're looking for Captain America or a star turn by Evans . It's an ensemble piece .
See it if You enjoy a well written play about morality, power, and race relations. All four actors were terrific and their interplay was dynamic.
Don't see it if You do not like a dialogue driven show. The set was simple yet the angular movement helped to enhance the different points of view.
See it if you want to see a morality-play interlaced with humor that is well-acted by the foursome of actors. All the characters are well-crafted.
Don't see it if you have trouble paying attention to shows that have some unnecessary dialogue. Sometimes the humor muddled the show's intensity.
See it if you want to see famous screen actors do a good job on stage, even if the material is just so-so.
Don't see it if you care more about the substance than the actors above the title.
See it if you want to see Chris Evans pull off a thunderously good portrayal of a sleazy cop. You enjoy considering moral quandaries like 'good' lies.
Don't see it if You're expecting a Michael Cera comedy, or a cinematic script. The language is plain, the setup is obvious; the interest is in the fallout.
See it if 4 great actors including Michael Cera and Chris Evans. Simple effective staging. Welcome H. Hayes Theater.
Don't see it if Looking for slapstick, ineffective comedy
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