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My Name is Lucy Barton

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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. 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.

Member Reviews (159)


Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing
Avg Score

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.

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.

Also Extraordinary!!!

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.

Also How important our relationships with our parents are, not just during ... Read more Read less

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

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

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.

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

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.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Linney is beyond brilliant, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Absorbing, Riveting, Slow, Intense, Great acting

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.

Overrated, Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

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

Repetitious, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like Laura Linney. She is terrific.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows. Story not very interesting.

Simple presentation with big human impact, Literary solo show, Meandering memory play, Great acting, Engaging

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.

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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.

Also Diversity: a lonely woman and her mother played by a White female acto... Read more Read less

Not for everyone, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Masterful

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.

Also This play leaves you with much to think about and discuss. My companio... Read more Read less

Some good moments, Great acting

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.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if well acted monologue. enough to keep one entertained.

Don't see it if felt like a good read but not necessarily needed to be staged.

Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also I thought this was a good adaptation of the book. Laura Linney brought... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Grace, Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also Stronger than the meandering book. Linney’s grace and inner light anim... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

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

Slow, Somewhat static, Well directed, Thought-provoking, Great actor

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.

Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

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

Masterful, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

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

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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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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January 16th, 2020
"'My Name Is Lucy Barton' Comes to the Stage As a Glum, Gray Dud"
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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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