"Part of the pleasure of this comedy is its characters' salty, funny, frequently insolent way with words...In Cullman's first-class revival, their entanglements become the stuff of acutely observed comedy and more than a little suspense...All four cast members are ideally suited to their roles...A much funnier play than it was in its original production...A play that, more and more, is looking like an American classic...The production is well worth a visit." Full Review
"'An important play for our time, and it is getting a superb production with the penetrating direction and the piercing acting by four splendid players. Each of the characters comes vividly alive and believable as they are brought together amid personal challenges...How each reacts and counter-reacts is at the core of the play...What makes the play so effective that the characters become so very life-like that by the end of the evening we feel we really know them." Full Review
"As humorous and unpretentious as 'Lobby Hero' is...it’s a delving piece of theater, about the stories we tell ourselves, and others...The complexities of urban life, issues of civic responsibility, the law, crime, romance, and morality ricochet throughout the play...Cullman deftly mines the humor and absurdity of these situations. Still, it’s the vulnerability of Lonergan’s characters that makes for a mesmerizing stage play...Especially thrilling, as it is such a simple and charming work." Full Review
"Thanks to Lonergan’s marvelous writing and Trip Cullman’s spot-on direction, those four types are anything but. They are fully, painfully human...Near-perfect revival...Evans makes a terrific Broadway debut...And then there’s Michael Cera, who was born to speak Lonergan’s language...When characters are this well drawn, this intensely human, and the performances are this well crafted, it’s worth every minute you spend in the company of these wonderful less-than-heroes." Full Review
"Director Tripp Cullman's terrific mounting of Kenneth Lonergan's touching, funny and streetwise character study from 2001, featuring an excellent ensemble of four...Lonergan's dialogue is sharp and realistically funny, and the question of moral ambiguity when working against structured corruption is intriguingly well-played. 'Lobby Hero' is a play that will inspire a lot of post-theatre debate, but there's no question that this one's a solid dose of good theatre." Full Review
"This taut, intense production, expertly directed by Cullman, is superbly cast...Henry creates an affecting portrayal of a black man struggling to remain true to himself in an impossible situation...Evans is a revelation as the corrupt cop...His concentrated, layered, physically expressive performance is full of surprising switches...As tightly wound as a thriller, it is also a funny play about very big ideas...Lonergan’s characters...offer a compelling road map to traversing the complexities... Full Review
"Drama with pointed humor...Lonergan has given each of the characters a particular dilemma to work through...Under Cullman's expert direction, it's fascinating to watch this excellent company tie it all together...Cera is perfect...Evans is wonderful...Powley's spunky performance cuts to the heart of this fine play...'Lobby Hero' is packed with issues that resonate in very big ways today - gender, race, police abuse and the entire criminal justice system." Full Review
"The production uses what is basically a series of interlocking conversations to present an ultimately riveting tale...The play makes clear that being unhappy with the way things are is not an excuse to conceal the truth...The entire cast is excellent...Cullman's direction is pitch-perfect here...The true power of 'Lobby Hero' is the penetrating, yet deceptive simplicity of its text. It illustrates the importance of telling the truth, and the painful repercussions doing so may bring." Full Review
"Lonergan's dialogue is fast, funny, and makes you think...Cullman does a fantastic job of keeping the ensemble of actors tightly woven together while making the themes of the play come alive...Each of them found the balance between comedy and gravitas. It is a testament to their work that, as an audience, you both want them to keep their secrets for their own sakes and expose them for the greater good...A well-executed, well-acted, and well-written production that is not to be missed." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Under the sturdy direction of Trip Cullman, this is a strong inaugural production for Second Stage Theater at its new Broadway home...Even the ethically ironclad will find their moral clarity muddied by Lonergan's thoughtful human drama. 'Lobby Hero' is an unlikely candidate for a Broadway run, but this excellent revival makes a strong argument for its presence." Full Review
"High-voltage revival...Lurches up like a shockingly current morality tale - despite being set at the turn of the previous century...Presents a kind of microcosm of law, order, and personal responsibility - under the guise of what seems, on its face, like a workplace sex comedy...Cullman's production, compactly staged...leans into the play's near-sitcom setup, without sacrificing the complexity of its questions about human nature...Henry is a clear standout." Full Review
"In this bright, snappy revival, the boundaries between savior and antagonist are ingeniously blurred...Cullman commands a starry ensemble, but the focus stays on Lonergan's sly, winding dialogue...A fine balance between moral debate and observational comedy...Skirts the edge of farce without tumbling in...Bitterly funny...Lonergan writes with such compassion, you never forget that these are real people with genuine flaws and ideals." Full Review
"Lonergan's gift for honest character depiction, colorfully realistic dialogue, suspenseful situations, dramatic conflict, and carefully honed ethical dilemmas gives 'Lobby Hero' the feel of an old-fashioned, well-crafted drama, with few self-consciously artsy or intellectual devices. In no time at all, you find his expository talent tugging you deeply into his people and events…A first-rate ensemble brings each character to stageworthy life…Adds another bright light to the still glowing…seas... Full Review
"Hilarious comedy-cum-morality-play...A scrupulously well-acted production...It's the bigger issues mixed throughout Lonergan's deft script that we're really meant to think about...Issues as racism, sexism and the flaws in our legal system...Never feels like Lonergan is hitting us on our heads with a metaphorical sledgehammer...A top-notch troupe of actors...A tad overstretched...It's worth the effort to stretch our attention for a play that both makes us think and guffaw." Full Review
"Heady topics, but Lonergan's gift of injecting humor in almost every line makes this a thought-provoking as well as a delightful evening in the theater...As humorous as the lines are at any given moment, it underlines the shortcomings of each character...The show's trump card is the four brilliant performances...Cullman has staged the proceedings in a well-balanced manner, unobtrusively splitting the serious and the humor in equal doses and moves his players with effortless ease." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Directed by Trip Cullman with a fine balance of humor and tension...Lonergan’s ear for the down-to-earth speech patterns and sarcastic wit of working-class New Yorkers, nimbly delivered by the cast, is both believable and empathetic, even as he examines their flaws and questions their judgments...'Lobby Hero' is a smart and funny examination of morality and motivation." Full Review
"'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." Full Review
"Evans’s deft performance is one of the pluses of this fine-tuned show...Lonergan specializes in flawed sad sacks and self-sabotagers. He has an all-too-rare gift of perfect pitch when it comes to dialogue. The cast, guided by director Trip Cullman, make the most of the script and skillfully navigate the play’s plot and tonal twists...Cera never pushes for a laugh, they just roll out, like waves. His presence makes the play funnier, sadder and sweeter. He is the show’s MVP — if not its hero." Full Review
"Smartly constructed by Lonergan with finely-detailed characters whose talk and conflicts provoke plenty of laughter and suspense...Lonergan develops this story thorough extremely natural-sounding, often humorous, conversations that reveal the characters and their desires...All of the actors invest their characters with gritty naturalness and authentic accents under Trip Cullman’s finely-tuned direction that presents the drama literally from every angle." Full Review
"Lonergan has a wonderful ear for dialogue and the fine cast serves him well. The first act provides a good introduction to the characters and their conflicting goals. The second act is a bit of a letdown as the actions become a bit formulaic. The three supporting actors are excellent...I wish that Cera brought more freshness to the role and that the second act were more satisfying. Nevertheless, there is much to enjoy." Full Review
"Wrapped in hard-boiled dialogue and more laughs than you'd expect, Lonergan's exploration of sexual and racial discrimination, the legal system, and pondering ideals versus rules are as relevant today...Lonergan writes dialogue as realistic with stress and pitch as if it were overheard on the street. The cast is perfect with Lonergan-talk...There is humor and compassion in these intensely human dilemmas and Cullman directs the four characters like chess pieces." Full Review
"Four intriguing characters make up the square edges in Lonergan's 'Lobby Hero'...Cullman keeps the action of these four pulsing forward...No moments of boredom or lethargy...Lust, power, and attraction are played out impulsively and organically by the brilliant dialogue...as all four bounce off each other in ways that is both surprising and thrilling...Strangely dynamic, hilarious, and crisply fascinating with a strong moral conflict at its center." Full Review
"'Lobby Hero' raises rich and enduring questions...Under Cullman's discerning and originative direction, the action moves carefully from scene to scene with the tension created by the unfolding conflicts of the characters driving an engaging and carefully developed plot. Rockwell's slowly revolving set allows not only for the passing of time but also discloses the variety of points of view that make Lonergan's script so gripping and transparent. 'Lobby Hero' remains exceedingly relevant." Full Review
See it if you want to see a thoughtful, well-acted production about personal responsibility and the choices that we make.
Don't see it if you want a show that's more action-packed; this is four characters and one set and driven by dialogue rather than action.
See it if you want a well-paced, humor-filled play with great acting and writing. The points it hits on are interesting & weave together seamlessly.
Don't see it if you don't like open-ended conclusions. It touches on interesting topics without making significant conclusions. The ending falls a bit short
See it if you are interested in our important playwrights, you love great acting or you're just a huge Lonergan fan like me
Don't see it if you don't want to be engrossed in a fascinating character examination
See it if You want to see some good acting that addresses current issues, albeit in a 'cliched' manner
Don't see it if You don't like straight plays with a social message. Unfortunately, there are better plays with more impact.
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 You enjoy Lonergan's writing and good ensemble acting. If you know Tyree Henry only from Atlanta this will be revelatory. Evans is very good
Don't see it if You don't like Michael Cera or plays by Kenneth Lonergan or watching characters struggle with ethical dilemmas. You have virgin ears.
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 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 You enjoy adequate stories and decent acting. You are a fan of any of the four actors in the piece, or like shows that make you think
Don't see it if You prefer plays that wow you and make you feel something on a deeper level. You don’t when enjoy shows only make you think on surface level
See it if A play that examines issues regarding morality, entitlement and integrity is always worth seeing.
Don't see it if If you are going to see the Captain America guy. A very good actor took his place😉
See it if you want to laugh. Michael Cera is quite funny in his usual quirkiness. Chris Evans is also surprisingly funny.
Don't see it if you don't like foul language or if you can't sit in tight places. The new remodel at the Hayes appears to have shrunk the seats.
See it if you want to see a well written play with Pop Culture stars, Chris Evans and Michael Cera. Does not fail to impress as good entertainment.
Don't see it if you dislike "star casting" on Broadway or have a thin skin for jokes about fairly serious topics
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 to see some Movie stars try to stage act or a fan of playwright Kenneth Lonergan
Don't see it if You are looking for a strong fully realized script or strong Broadway actors
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