Misery NYC Reviews and Tickets

(331 Ratings)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing

About the Show

Bruce Willis makes his Broadway debut with Laurie Metcalf in this stage adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling horror novel.

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98 Reviews | 18 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if If you want to see a great thriller! The scenery was really cool and Bruce Willis was excellent

Don't see it if I don't like plays, a great night out everyone should see it

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great theater

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor

68 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You like Bruce Willis

Don't see it if if you don't like CRAZY.

71 Reviews | 12 Followers
Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie

167 Reviews | 51 Followers
Great acting, Authentic, Great set

See it if You want to see Laurie Metcalf devour the city and blow Kathy Bates out of the water. You've been longing for some good on-stage violence

Don't see it if You already don't like the source material. You'll be offended by audiences laughing at suspenseful/grotesque content.

97 Reviews | 102 Followers
Clever, Masterful, Intense

See it if loved the book and/or the movie or a fan of Stephen Kings other works. Laurie Metcalf is very good and Bruce Willis is just ok. worth seein

Don't see it if If you're expecting some highbrow theatrical experience.

64 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy

See it if You love mystery/thrillers, Stephen King, the film MISERY, Laurie Metcalf and great acting or a fabulous set with a revolving cottage

Don't see it if You are not a mystery/thriller fan or any of the above

283 Reviews | 77 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you are familiar with the movie or book. Laurie Metcalf was amazing, and must see! . Bruce Willis was just iconic.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of seeing your childhood stars perform in play based on the great Stephen King.

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2015

"'Misery' the play is saturated in what feels like an amused, nostalgic distance from its source material. It’s as if Mr. Willis and Ms. Metcalf had shown up at the behest of a 'Misery' fan club to share memories of our enjoyment of the book and movie and to chuckle over how they once scared the wits out of us. Even the requisite dark-and-stormy atmospherics register as gentle, teasing reminders of guilty thrills past."
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Time Out New York
November 15th, 2015

"On a meta level, 'Misery' is about Willis playing film star Willis being terrorized by Metcalf’s superior acting talent…The pleasures of this production (perfunctorily staged by Will Frears) are mostly visual and all predictable…William Goldman’s stage adaptation of his own screenplay is lazily faithful to his own work…Still, if life imitates art, by the end of 'Misery’s' run, Willis may have learned something about acting from Metcalf. The rest of us just paid to watch the class."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2015

"What this production mostly demonstrates is the futility of digging up the dead…The movie, with its variety of shots and its focus on details, could disguise that endless tick-tock, but onstage the drama flattens out and separates...Willis has no stage chops…Metcalf knows exactly how to engage the audience...The genre [of suspense] has become so marginalized that it’s finally fallen off the page altogether, landing in a puddle of camp."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 19th, 2015

"'Misery' has nothing to offer save for the chance to get Mr. Willis’s autograph after the show…As scary as a lukewarm cup of Nesquik. Two big things are wrong with it: Mr. Willis never seems even slightly frightened, and Ms. Metcalf isn’t pitiful…As a result, you can’t feel sorry for her, which means that you don’t buy her…Will Frears, the director, fails to stage its gaspworthy moments with sufficient punch, though it’s not fair to blame him for the failure of a staging that is so ineptly cast."
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November 15th, 2015

"If you can put aside the fact that the show offers about five seconds of actual, thriller-type suspense during its 90 intermissionless minutes, you can see glimpses of a younger and extremely likable Willis in 'Misery'...This script just smacks of laziness...What does surprise is that director Will Frears seems to have demanded so little not only of his stars but of most of the production team...What this is, is a summer stock production?"
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New York Daily News
November 15th, 2015

"An actor’s job is to make a character, even one who can’t move, come alive. Except for an instant when Willis brashly flashes his nemesis the bird, he’s so bland it’s frightening. And unfortunately, nothing else is particularly scary about this dramatization of King’s novel about a writer terrorized by a demented devotee…As directed by Will Frears, Metcalf lacks a sense of danger. Instead she tilts toward goofy…'Misery' reminds how hard it is to make a thriller click on stage."
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November 15th, 2015

"Will Frears lets Willis get away with murder by maintaining his sophisticated-author cool well beyond the point of believability…Metcalf skillfully modulates her emotional transitions from adoring to obsessive to psychotic. Her eyelids flutter, her hand gestures quicken, and her vocal range reaches for the high notes. It’s a stunning performance, even if, in this oddly fear-free production, she provokes more pity than terror."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 15th, 2015

"This 'Misery' is an enjoyable enough rerun that recaptures some of its predecessor's B-movie pleasures...The play works surprisingly well in its more Hitchcockian scenes…As far as unhinged stalkers go, Metcalf's Annie is a hoot...It's just too bad nothing else in this rote retread comes close to the unpredictable energy of Annie's almighty insanity."
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