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. More…
From the show:
Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. This spellbinding story is directed by five-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre “with a keen-eyed compassion.” – The New York Times.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
See it if Linney is exquisite & brings several characters to life. Though a 1 person play I felt as though her entire family was on stage with her.
Don't see it if not a fan of the writings of Elizabeth Stout; don't like 1 person plays or slice of life stories; can't feel the complexity of this family
See it if you want to see a gem of an actress at the top of her game.She switches characters with ease,is totally believable.She shines
Don't see it if projections annoy you as much as they do me.This is theatre, not a movie.But put up with that and the cutesy seating.Linney is worth it all.
See it if Laura Linney = national treasure. She captivates us for 90 minutes, telling her tale of poverty, abuse and triumph. Life-affirming.
Don't see it if If you don't like 1-person shows or don't have to patience to let a story unravel slowly.
See it if You enjoy a 90 minute monologue performed by a great actor even one that gets off to a shaky start
Don't see it if A 90 minute monologue that drags from time to time does not appeal to you
See it if a fan of Laura Linney, the book, one-woman shows that focus upon family relationships and origin stories, and/or literary productions.
Don't see it if expecting shocks, fussy set-design, innovation, or something profoundly earth-shattering. This is a slow-build to human rawness and truth.
See it if Like watching excerpts of a novel about a woman editing and determining her dark yet loving story w/ her emotionally abusive parents.
Don't see it if Hard to grasp all the symbolisms, analogies, and nested paralleling stories from a novel into a play. Loneliness or child abuse triggering.
See it if If, like many New Yorkers, you left home to find your dreams here and find your family alien as a result, this show will resonate with you.
Don't see it if I feel this has greater appeal to women; if stories about daughters/mothers is not appealing to you, don't go. Direction and acting great.
See it if you want to see a bravura performance from Laura Linney. The play is not worthy of her exquisite characterizations.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of one-person shows. Although, Linney's ability to create two different characters is praise-worthy.
See it if You are a fan of Laura Linney/Elizabeth Strout. Beautiful actress and book about a daughter and her difficult relationship with her mother.
Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows, you are sensitive to family dysfunction.
See it if You want a masterclass in subtle acting from a national treasure who brings depth and warmth to whatever she does
Don't see it if You are expecting a full scale production with multitudes of actors
See it if You would like a world-class Laura Linney guide you through a meditation on a troubled mother-daughter relationship.
Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows or don’t like long monologues.
See it if you want to see Laura Linney give a phenomenal performance with some subpar material
Don't see it if you aren't convinced that this novel should be a one-woman show; it felt uncomfortably between an audiobook and a play
See it if Worth seeing for Laura Linney's great performance.
Don't see it if This is a one person show that does not transcend the inherent limitations of that form.
See it if want to see Laura Linney's exquisite performance in a play you might not relate to; a play doesn't have to be fun or funny for you to enjoy
Don't see it if you don't like one-actor plays; you like fun shows and/or musicals
See it if Profound journey starting from a single event and flowering open to see a portrait of an individual and her immediate family
Don't see it if Difficult to get a ticket at this point; unclear if a solo monologue in the theatre is everyone's cup of tea