Marvin's Room
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Marvin's Room
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Marvin's Room NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(445 Ratings)
Positive
72%
Mixed
22%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Funny

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s award-winning play about the laughter that can shine through life’s darkest moments. Starring Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (445)

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77 Reviews | 25 Followers
100
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like plays that deal with serious family issues

Don't see it if You want to see an uplifting piece of theatre

89 Reviews | 29 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you're looking for a true slice of life play with incredible acting and striking realism. Beautiful set, and so heart-wrenchingly real.

Don't see it if you're looking to escape, or parent caregiving is a tension point for you. This is a look into a very real situation facing a real family. Read more

60 Reviews | 34 Followers
91
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see some amazing acting including Lilli Taylor, who I would pay to see to read the phone book.

Don't see it if You don't want to deal with old age, sickness, and slice-of-life family drama tonight.

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
91
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like dark comedies with a well written script and a great ensemble cast. All leading ladies and sons were outstanding.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in topics related to death and dying

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see terrific acting in a play that is honest and real.Characters are mildly exaggerated but still believable.Very interesting

Don't see it if you want froth.This is a story about strong women doing what they have to in order to be true to themselves.

80 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if to see these fabulous actresses at the top of their game.Beautiful show produced exquisitely.Young DiFalco who plays Hank is wonderful.Bravo

Don't see it if You dislike intense family dramas.Or if difficult themes on disease/death are a trigger.Otherwise, run to see this before next weekend close

54 Reviews | 25 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you enjoy heartfelt comedic dramas. Cast is flawless.

Don't see it if can't handle serious subjects. Read more

72 Reviews | 41 Followers
90
Cliched, Great acting, Slow

See it if If you want to see truly fine actors practicing their craft.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays about everyday problems. Read more

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
June 29th, 2017

"Thoughtfully directed by Kauffman; keenly performed by Taylor, Garofalo and especially Weston; a pleasure to watch throughout...But it is somehow, also, fatally mild. How can this be when nothing has been altered?...Without that heightened and emotional context some of the play’s flaws are more evident now...This production of 'Marvin’s Room' languishes in the gap between the powerful, absurdist comedy Mr. Rich saw and the histrionic excess of the three-hanky film."
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Time Out New York
June 29th, 2017

"Anne Kauffman’s luminous revival for the Roundabout tends to McPherson’s legacy with grace. She plays down the wildness of the humor, and the first act leans toward placidity. This strategy pays off later, however, as Taylor’s performance—gently weird, shadowed with defeat—takes bloom. Without pushing its virtue too hard, the play movingly depicts a world in which loving others is, as it often has to be, its own reward."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 29th, 2017

"The actual interplay between the siblings should be, and is, timeless. But something a little hard to quantify has, in the intervening 25 years, flattened and attenuated this play’s power...Especially in the first act, the play’s emotional grip repeatedly slips away while the banter plays out. The actors are doing a hell of a job trying to hang onto it, though...Even when the jokes go on too long, Taylor, Garofalo, and Celia Weston, as their goofy aunt, absolutely know how to deliver them."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 29th, 2017

"Lots of laughs, lots of jerked tears, very little reality. Anne Kauffman, the director, stages the handful of serious scenes in 'Marvin’s Room' with sensitive simplicity and makes the others seem at least possible, if not truly believable...'Marvin’s Room' is a thickly sugared pill, glib and sentimental to a fault...Ms. Garofalo, who is new to the stage, proves to be fully at ease there, enough so that I hope to see her try her hand at a more challenging role."
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Deadline
June 29th, 2017

"It’s a comedy, of course, and a very funny one...'Marvin’s Room,' exquisitely human and tenderly compassionate, doused with anarchic humor, lives, vibrant as ever, in Anne Kauffman’s wonderful revival...It’s to the credit of everyone involved–these committed actors, the sensitive director and most of all McPherson–that the connections slow to take hold are soldered like emotional strands that throw off sparks as they finally fuse."
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New York Daily News
June 29th, 2017

"While the acting is fine, the comedic elements of the story about the intertwining of life and death sometimes feel forced...Anne Kauffman’s staging for the Roundabout, moreover, doesn’t always maximize the material. The pacing is Valium-induced sluggish and the out-of-scale physical production is ill-suited to the intimate goings-on...The script occasionally works too hard for significance, but it also exerts a gentle pull."
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Variety
June 29th, 2017

"It’s a good play. Honestly, it’s a good play. This mantra is necessary to keep your faith in 'Marvin’s Room'...Despite decent performances, this lugubrious Broadway revival does his dark comedy no favors...This is an intimate play full of quiet moments that cry out for privacy — or at least a little directorial sensitivity. Exposing its modest scenes on the massive stage of the American Airlines Theater is like tossing a puppy into the ocean and expecting it to swim for its life."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 29th, 2017

"Yesterday's clear-eyed reflection on life's blessings and blights can be today's sentimental Lifetime movie manqué in the wrong hands. And director Kauffman's are definitely the wrong hands...'Marvin's Room,' for all its warmly humanistic strengths, is very much a work of its time, and the director seems unable to connect with its particular wavelength, or to navigate its relatively straightforward blueprint...The revival does eventually muster some poignancy...The cast is generally solid."
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