My Name is Lucy Barton
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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%
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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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Deadline
January 15th, 2020

"A Mesmerizing Laura Linney Conjures A Life (Or Two) In Broadway’s ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’"
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The Washington Post
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney, going it alone on Broadway as both a mother and her estranged daughter"
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Chicago Tribune
January 15th, 2020

"In ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ on Broadway, Laura Linney shines in a complex solo play set in fictional Illinois"
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New York Post
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney shines in Broadway’s blah ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’"
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AM New York
January 15th, 2020

"Lucy Barton,’ Broadway’s first new play of 2020, a heavy & discomforting drama"
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Theatermania
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney Is All Alone in My Name Is Lucy Barton: Linney brings the solo stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's novel from London to Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre."
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BroadwayWorld
January 16th, 2020

"Laura Linney Plays Both Sides of An Uneasy Mother/Daughter Relationship in 'MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON'"
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Lighting & Sound America
January 15th, 2020

"If you want to see what a great stage actress at her peak looks like, I can do no better than suggest a visit to the Samuel J. Friedman."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney gives a lovely, polished performance in this adaptation of a bestselling novel, but the entire enterprise comes off as too literary and not nearly theatrical enough."
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New York Stage Review
January 15th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Things are not what they seem in this compelling play starring the altogether wonderful Laura Linney"
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New York Stage Review
January 15th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "Emotions are carefully measured and sentimentality is in short supply in 'My Name Is Lucy Barton,' the very fine (and very faithful) stage adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's novel"
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Theater News Online
January 15th, 2020

"Despite Laura Linney's customary charm and sparkle, this inert monologue chugs along, telling a familiar and stiffly novelistic tale of class trauma passed from mothers to daughters down the years."
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Broadway News
January 15th, 2020

"Laura Linney shimmers in ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’"
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TheaterScene.net
January 28th, 2020

"Under Richard Eyre's unobtrusive direction, Laura Linney gives a lovely and compelling portrait of a woman who has lived through much grief but has come out the other side whole. As Lucy Barton, she put an entire woman's life on the stage in a dense and compact 90 minutes."
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CurtainUp
January 20th, 2020

"Olive Strout's melancholy memoir adapted as a solo play with Laura Linney deftly narrating in the voice of both the mother and daughter whose brief reunion drives the plot."
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Front Row Center
January 21st, 2020

Score: 80%. "I am confounded. I don't know what 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' is. I know what it is not. It is not a play. Which, in and of itself might not be a bad thing if a person could latch onto whatever it is and go for a ride. I could not find a latching-on place."
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Front Mezz Junkies
January 18th, 2020

"Adapted by the detailed Rona Munro, the precise entrance of the lead makes it clear that this one act one woman play is going to dive into family dysfunction from a foggy memory stance."
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New York Theater
January 18th, 2020

"A sometimes poignant, often tedious 90-minute monologue…Rona Munro's stage adaptation is too faithful to the novel...Our complex and satisfying relationship to the printed page is erased, but it is not replaced by any strenuous effort to make this work explicitly theatrical."
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Broadway Blog
January 21st, 2020

"Many theatregoers will recognize the universals in Lucy's story and empathize with her dilemma…but there's an ordinariness to the material that lacks dramatic impact. Simply put, what may read well on the page becomes unexceptional on the stage."
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C
January 15th, 2020

"The only moments where I completely believed Linney were at the play's end, when Lucy speaks as the fiercely independent, successful writer who has made peace - more or less - with her past and her decision to escape it."
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