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. More…
Lee (Garofalo) is a single mother who's been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Her estranged sister Bessie (Taylor) has her hands full with their elderly father, his soap opera-obsessed sister, and a brand-new life-or-death diagnosis. Now the siblings are about to reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee’s good intentions and makeover skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere… or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World?
See it if Great writing. Well paced. Great performances. Absorbing with believable characters. Moving.
Don't see it if Issues of illness and family resentments are not for you. The sets are really subpar to the point of distracting from the story.
See it if Quality production of a resonant work about illnes and aging. Funny moments and solid acting especially from Lili Taylor.
Don't see it if A story about illness and aging doesn't appeal to you. Or if you don't like Janeane Garofalo or Lili Taylor.
See it if you like a good story that is funny and poignant.
Don't see it if you don't like a story that turns from humor to very serious at the end.
See it if you have a particular interest in the actors (all of whom are fine) or the play itself (also fine, but better suited for regional theatre).
Don't see it if you're expecting explosive theatre, mind-blowing acting or thought-provoking drama. There's nothing to hate here, but really nothing to like
See it if Clunky revival of McPherson's drama about caregiving & receiving Good ensemble (esp Taylor & DiFalco) can't get play on track to inspirit us
Don't see it if Huge, ill conceived set dwarfs any emotional connection to drama with little help from Kauffman's tepid direction Humor veers into sit-com
See it if Acting by L Taylor and Garofalo superb. Also the young actor who plays the teenager.
Don't see it if First 2 rows in Orch. below the stage. Beyond Row G, Roundabout needs a better sound system. Set too spread out.
See it if you're a fan of the leads, enjoy comedies tinged with seriousness, like family dramas, coming of age stories, & family reconcilitions
Don't see it if you don't like comedy along with your drama, another play in a Florida retirement home, plays with fatal illnesses or teenagers acting out
See it if you're interested in a slow-paced drama that you can sit in and that asks a lot of questions but maybe doesn't answer any of them.
Don't see it if you're looking for lighter fare or a more plot-driven play.
See it if you enjoy a first-rate cast bringing the pain and joy of family relationships to light with multiple messages.
Don't see it if you cannot enjoy a lot of back and forth between estranged siblings and among other family members.
See it if awful problems leavened by cathartic humor, fine acting ensemble, Taylor's memorable beatific but gritty performance
Don't see it if play meanders with many unfocused scenes, large antiseptic set not help, this revival does not pack same punch as original
See it if you like family dramas or a moving and funny character study with depth. All the performers elevate each other. Terrific acting.
Don't see it if you're turned off by themes of sickness and dying.
See it if You are want to see these actors, That was fun. But play was long and depressing. But certainly all the actors gave good performanceS.
Don't see it if You want to see something cheerful. Although there are some good laughs I'll admit. But overall it is depressing. And long and slow.
See it if Parts were funny and some were very moving. Its a very touching play about relationship
Don't see it if If you want want to cry. No sing or dancing.
See it if you want to see a very good performance from Jack DiFalco.
Don't see it if you saw the original or if you can see the film version, which is not good, but so much better than this production.
See it if You like plays about the difficulties of caregiving of elderly parents, while dealing with your own everyday challenges and needs.
Don't see it if You are unable to understand caregiving as a sometimes humorous situation. Dislike plays about mental illness and family detachment.
See it if you have always wanted to see this play but I wouldn't pay the money to see this one on Broadway
Don't see it if If you are looking for the sad and emotional play I was hoping for
See it if you want to see fine acting in a revival of an acclaimed 1990 play that is both very funny and very sad.
Don't see it if you don't like absurdist comedy mixed with tragic circumstances.
See it if you're interested in an exploration of death, illness, and dysfunctional family dynamics—a dark comedy with a good cast and direction.
Don't see it if you're not in the mood to be confronted by themes of death and sickness or don't like a play that shifts between funny and sad throughout
Also This is a good production, but some flaws with the script.
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.
See it if I never wanted to leave despite its excruciatingly slow pace. Well acted. Martyr vs Clueless but growth happens and change is possible.
Don't see it if You are not interested in intimate family conflict vis a vis responsibility and death and dying. If you want laughter or fluff. It's work
See it if you enjoy a play that centers around three great actors and a supporting cast, well written, timely and well staged
Don't see it if seeing a show about serious illness punches too many unhappy buttons for you
See it if you would want a play about serious illnesses, & dysfunctional family issues & having these presented on a large non-intimate stage
Don't see it if empathy would be affected by annoying staging-many decorative cinder blocks; many stage hands visibly moving props around; weird Disneyworld
See it if you relate to the challenges of caring for a declining parent, forgetting to care for yourself in the process. Jack DiFalco shines as Hank.
Don't see it if you need a clear, conclusive end in a play. This is like walking into someone's living room to watch their lives for awhile, then leaving.
See it if Want a touching story about the challenges of aging parents, and the heartbreak of a troubled teen.
Don't see it if The first scene seems to be from a different show. It goes from farce to a slower, drama. Excellent acting makes it worthwhile.
See it if you have an interest in a family drama that brings levity to some of the most serious issues that face many families.
Don't see it if you want a lighthearted comedy or an epic musical.