Ends Feb 29 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

My Name is Lucy Barton

From 49 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 (49)


Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Disappointing, Intelligent

Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are fan of Laura Linney & will see her in anything. This "poor me" story was a whiny, dull, disappointing, & uninspired therapy session

Don't see it if you are looking for any kind of insight, redemption, or transformation. Painful, narcissistic, selfish characters. Yuck.

Also 90min, no intermission. If there were, 1/2 the audience would surely l... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are a big Laura Linney fan, she is stupendous. you like "family secrets" dramas with not all revealed

Don't see it if you want action or a clear narrative. you find it hard to sit through a 90 minute monologue

Slow, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if for Laura Linney. She's the only reason to see it.

Don't see it if You want to see a story. It feels like she's doing a reading of the book. No fault of Linney - she does her best with the material given.

Also ...a few strong moments here and there but overall, it felt very vanil... Read more Read less

During previews
Insipid, Aimless, Slow, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Linney's acting.

Don't see it if This really feels like it's going nowhere. Just like being trapped looking at someone else's travel pictures. I'm sure it was fun FOR THEM.

Also It really lacked cohesion and focus. Too many insipid stories half bak... Read more Read less

During previews
Overly long, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a big fan of Linney and want to see her on stage. She is a great actress but I have preferred previous plays she has done much more

Don't see it if It's slow and meandering. I was hoping for some kind of twist or hook but it never happens. Simple story of relationship w/ a parent.

During previews
Great acting, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if If you like laura liney live. She is a great stage actor.

Don't see it if Other than laura liney, this show drags, not well written at all

During previews
Boring, Overrated, Uninteresting, Great acting, Slow

See it if You like stories about contentious mother-daughter relationships, told in flowery, novella-like language.

Don't see it if You often read/watch something autobiographical and think, “their story is completely uninteresting. Why did we have to hear about it?”

During previews
Human, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You love Laura Linney or Elizabeth Strout’s novel.

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows or seek intimacy in the portrayal of a character. Linney is more like a narrator here. Play needs a smaller house.

Also This show is like an audiobook, nothing visual or theatrical going on,... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You absolutely love Laura Linney, because otherwise there is no reason to see this show. It is like listening to a boring audiobook,

Don't see it if You are going because of the rave reviews from London, because it certainly doesn't deserve them

During previews
Great acting

See it if You want to see a great actress at work.

Don't see it if You want to see a compelling play.

Also Laura Linney is a wonderful actress, but I found this play to be kind ... Read more Read less

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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