Opens Jun 29

Marvin's Room

Members say: Great acting, Slow, Funny, Absorbing, Disappointing
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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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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?

 
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86
During previews
Absorbing, Great cast, Good psych 101 diagolue, Funny (painful)

See it if The issues of caring for aged, ill, loved ones: obigation/choice? Donate bone marrow? Say goodbye? Is there one right choice/answer?

Don't see it if You want something funny and glitzy. You are squeamish about illness and death. You are unable to see the humor in tragedy.

84
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a nice blend of comedy & drama. Really great performances by all leads. Interesting/Entertaining story - moves along nicely.

Don't see it if You dislike female driven stories or looking for high octane or heavy drama. Addresses real life issues through a comedic lens.

75
During previews
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like Janeane Garofalo or Lili Taylor and appreciate dry/dark humor. FYI - if you are btwn 18-35 yrs old you can see for $25 thru HIPTIX

Don't see it if You are looking for something that is fast paced or looking for a gut busting comedy.

60
During previews
Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Average, Quiet

See it if you like issues concerning family, illness and making connections

Don't see it if you expect a more profound treatment of this subject; it's quiet and many times inaudible.

72
During previews
Intense, Slow, Touching, Comedic

See it if you're looking for a female-driven play that focuses on dysfunctional family dynamics and the way we carry on in the face of tragedy.

Don't see it if you don't want to face themes of death, sickness or grief.

72
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Dated

See it if You really love sappy dramedies that revolve around a loved one dying -- like Stepmom, Steel Magnolias, etc.

Don't see it if You're not interested in plays having to do with cancer and death.

55
During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if dark comedies are intriguing,, you're a fan of the principal cast

Don't see it if you're experiencing loss/ grief, mourning

65
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see this very genuine cast in a unique play about family & illness. The set was quite lovely (except for the stagehands!).

Don't see it if You aren't up for soft spoken dialogue. Actors are barely audible beyond first few rows at times. Act 2 was a let down after a fine Act 1.

72
During previews
Funny, Resonant

See it if you enjoy well written depressing plays with humor and some fairly good acting.

Don't see it if Awkward staging bothers you, also, didn't seem altogether yet, but I saw it during previews, so it might improve with time.

65
During previews
Flat, Unengaging, Well paced, Good cast does not deliver

See it if A dysfunctional family story with occasional humor. Lili Taylor plays Bessie on one emotional note and is cloying and not believable. Needs

Don't see it if ...directional re-thinking, actors lack projection. Disjointed writing, dated style of 25 years ago: ex. of Roundabout's hit/miss record.

70
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Missable

See it if You have a strong desire to see one of these performers.

Don't see it if You're expecting to be profoundly moved. The funny moments are very funny, but the important moments fell a bit flat.

75
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Great writing

See it if Lily Taylor and Celia Weston were, as always, wonderful. Interesting take on a sad subject.

Don't see it if Garafolo leaves me cold. Her character was supposed to be unpleasant, but not unsympathetic. The plot with the teenager went nowhere.

55
During previews
Great acting, Insipid, Dated

See it if You love Janeane Garofalo, you are interested in family dynamics, or you just like plays.

Don't see it if You want something that really pushes the edge of the theater realm.

74
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Aggravating

See it if you like family dramas about illness, dysfunction, selfishness and selflessness, and you want to see strong performances in a mediocre play.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to illness and family conflict. The performances outweighed the play, leaving me depressed and unsatisfied.

Also Really masterful performances by the entire cast, although I struggled... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Dated, Great casting

See it if You want to see a solid production with talented performers. The two main actresses made excellent sisters. Good sets and costumes.

Don't see it if You want something light and happy, with a clear ending (I never saw the film but the ending felt a little abrupt).

82
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Dated, Emotional

See it if You like either lead they are both stellar. You recall that a gay male can write strong female characters without being a woman.

Don't see it if You would judge a play from the early nineties as though it were written today

78
During previews
Disappointing, Inconsistent, Good acting, ambiguous,

See it if you loved the original production about 2 sisters dealing with the realities of live including illness, loyalty and what is family.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that is humorous the 1st act &serious drama the 2nd act, with an ending that is unclear and unsatisfactory.

85
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Mellow

See it if A well done dysfunctional family. Some people poo poo this type of theater. When done well; as this is'; I enjoy it.

Don't see it if You're one of those "I'm so tired of dysfunctional family plays" people. Do you really think functional families make for good theater?

60
During previews
Depressing, Disappointing, Slow paced/low energy, Never engages.

See it if Like family drama w quirky characters, parent/child/sibling conflict. It has estrangement, serious illness, some humor, but little charm.

Don't see it if Are looking for acerbic black humor - this isn't that. The set, costumes & staging are bad. The play/direction are odd, acting's lackluster.

Also Saw this early in previews at the American Airlines Theater, June, 201... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Resonant, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want to see how a show can speak about illness yet add humor, to see family dynamics at a crucial time. To think on life.

Don't see it if You expect a musical, songs or dancing. If you don't want a show that centers on illness or you want an up beat show. Slow at times.

86
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want an unique take on a family drama. You want a play that mixes humor & heart in equal measure. You like slice of life dramas.

Don't see it if Themes of care-giving & dying hit too close to home. You don't think humor is appropriate w/those themes. You don't like family dramas.

70
During previews
Quirky, Slow, Engaging

See it if you enjoy straight-forward plays regarding themes of mortality, love, and family challenges. Also, the set engineering is very clever.

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced or laugh-out-loud funny. It has a dark humor to it that suits its themes--it is by no means a lighthearted.

67
During previews
Boring

See it if like character studies. Despite the good acting and sometime fun banter, I was never interested in the characters. Tough to keep eyes open.

Don't see it if you want an action packed play or don't like character studies.

70
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, But well-acted, And occasionally funny

See it if You like plays with serious themes

Don't see it if You get bored easily or don't like plays about illness.

94
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You love sitcoms, funny jokes and a poignant story of a woman dying of leukemia & her extended family. Plus a wacky doctor thrown in!

Don't see it if You don't like modern fast-paced comedies. 2 hours 15 minutes and the time flies by!