Already closed | 2h 25m | Midtown W

Lobby Hero

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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'). 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.

2h 25m | Already closed | Helen Hayes Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (409)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
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Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Also Though this play is as relevant (sadly) as it was when first presented... Read more Read less

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

Also I am always amazed by a theatrical vehicle like this that builds somet... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant

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

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.

Also There are certain problems in this production. Unfortunately, Michael ... Read more Read less

84
Great acting, Great writing, Challenging, Funny

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.

Also Placing the set on a turntable adds interest to a single set, small ca... Read more Read less

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.

Also This 2 3/4hr. play could use an hour's worth of editing. Somewhere in ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

47
Overly long, redundant, reductive, repugnant character

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.

Also I didn't like Michael Cera in This Our Youth. His tics quickly wore me... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Great writing, Great acting

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.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a well written play that takes on contemporary themes successfully

Don't see it if you don't enjoy lengthy exposition

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Sharp dialogue, Funny/serious

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.

Also The dialogue is clever, the acting by all 4 cast members is excellent ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

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.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

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

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

51
Mind-numbingly dull, Boring to the tenth power, Disappointing

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.

Also If I had one magic wish I would not use it to cure cancer or establish... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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 .

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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.

70
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Wordier than necessary

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.

68
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

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.

72
Dated, Hilarious, Excruciating, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

Also I wanted to like this more than I did, at pretty much every turn, but ... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

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


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 ...
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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 premiere...
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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...
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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 phy...
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