Ends Feb 29 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

My Name is Lucy Barton

From 120 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent

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 (120)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent
79
Avg Score

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.

Also Extraordinary!!!

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.

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

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.

89
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

95
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Broadway on the Lower East Side. Great experience. Polite audience more so than uptown!!

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see this classic!

91
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.

75
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

84
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.

Also My Name is Lucy Barton suggests that watching one character ruminate a... Read more Read less

69
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.

94
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

72
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

79
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

87
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

75
Too long, Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if seeing the dazzlingly talented Laura Linney do ANYTHING is enough for you. Repetitive; needs to be edited down; not well-constructed.

Don't see it if you don't like Laura Linney (how is that possible?) or you don't like one person shows.

80
Rambling, Disappointing, Too long, Wonderful laura linney

See it if Laura Linney. A painful recollection of a daughter trying to come to terms with a difficult mother who she loves.

Don't see it if I really think this show would resonate more with women who could identify with Lucy Barton in terms of difficult mothers and childhoods.

Also Surprised I didn't like this one more than I did. I couldn't sense the... Read more Read less

79
Masterful, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to watch a complicated story unfold. You appreciate fine and subtle acting to tell the story.

Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted romp.

85
Slow, Overrated, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see first-class acting in a one-woman tour de force

Don't see it if 90 minutes of a monologue with no intermission is too much for you to handle or stay awake through (especially if you are seated onstage)

69
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you loved the book. See it for a wonderful performance by Laura Linney.

Don't see it if you thought the book was just ok, or if you are tired of dysfunctional families.

Also Don't side on the stage or on the extreme side, or you will miss Ms. L... Read more Read less

89
Thoughtful, Moving, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Laura Linney and want to see her at her personable best.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows Or shows with a clear ending; just let if flow if you go.

85
Riveting, Great acting

See it if You want a master class in acting. You're a Linney fan. You like one-woman shows. You like shows featuring mature women.

Don't see it if You want lots of action. This is one woman on one set. She's amazing, but there's not a lot of visual interest.


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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