My Name is Lucy Barton
Closed 1h 30m
My Name is Lucy Barton
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My Name is Lucy Barton NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(159 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
17%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing

About the Show

Laura Linney returns to Broadway in the American premiere of a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.

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Member Reviews (159)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
96
Must see, Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to experience a stunning performance of an extraordinary play. Linney holds your attention for every second. Great lighting.

Don't see it if If you had a particularly painful mother/daughter experience this might be too much-or it might just be cathartic. I would guess the latter. Read more

975 Reviews | 341 Followers
69
Overrated, Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you love solo shows, altho this isn't gr one. Much more fun to see LL in Little Foxes. Not much humor, not much insight. Dull staging.

Don't see it if Story is an uninsightful therapy session. Not worth time/money. LL is excellent actress; she deserves a worthy vehicle! Pretentious drivel.

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
83
Introspective, Thought-provoking, Evocative, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Recalling vivid details, a woman tries to accept her childhood suffering & difficult mother. She wishes love could bridge the painful gulf.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in a solo deep dive into someone else's upbringing and family relationships. I related to my own struggles & was moved. Read more

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
75
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

See it if fan of Laura Linney or author Strout, enjoy 1-person shows, like mother-daughter stories, personal confessions,

Don't see it if you have mother or guilt issues, don't enjoy static storytelling or tired narrators who don't share all feelings, don't like 1-person shows

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
78
In one-person show, luminous laura linney (lll) masterful in bringing alive e. strout's novel about how a writer emerges from a stultifying childhood in rural illinois, but there are limits to how successful this type of vehicle can be

See it if to see LLL, at the height of her powers, playing both Lucy w her open-minded artistic imagination & her irascible closed-minded mother

Don't see it if Strout's incantatory, stream of consciousness, novel is not/probably can't be replicated on stage; still LLL is worth the ticket

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
79
Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if The sole reason (& an extremely valid one) for seeing this odd-duck of a drama is the incandescent tour-de-force performance of Laura Linney

Don't see it if Munro's clunky adapt (re-conception?) of Strout's novel is neither narration nor drama; often confusing & dull Eyre's direction is listless

496 Reviews | 727 Followers
82
Ambitious, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in rock-solid acting or stories from a female POV.

Don't see it if you don’t like solo shows.

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if In hospital, revered American actor brings dual mum/daughter monologues Stateside.Narrator as daughter recalls family members' memory memoir

Don't see it if Some complicated narration handicaps the storytelling and great acting to burden the ill-suited transfer from fictional memoir to the stage.

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
January 15th, 2020

CRITIC’S PICK. "Laura Linney Finds Her Perfect Match: Ideally cast as a plain-spoken woman made of quiet steel, she acts the way Elizabeth Strout writes in this compelling adaptation of the 2016 novel."
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Time Out New York
January 15th, 2020

"3/5 Stars. "'My Name Is Lucy Barton' is being produced in association with Penguin Random House Audio, which will release a recording of it early next month. That might be the show's ideal form...It feels neither like a novel nor quite like a fully realized play."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 16th, 2020

"'My Name Is Lucy Barton' Comes to the Stage As a Glum, Gray Dud"
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney plays a writer recalling an interruption to her long estrangement from her emotionally withholding mother in playwright Rona Munro's solo adaptation of the Elizabeth Strout novel."
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Entertainment Weekly
January 15th, 2020

Grade: A-. "Laura Linney makes memory mesmerizing in 'My Name is Lucy Barton'"
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Variety
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney reprises her starring role in the one-person play that premiered in London last year."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 16th, 2020

"Portrait of Perseverance: Laura Linney stars in a solo show about a woman who overcomes a mysterious illness, an abusive childhood and an emotionally absent mother."
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The Observer
January 16th, 2020

"Laura Linney Is a Marvel in Solo Play ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’"
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