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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

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.

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.

Inconsistent, Poignant, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see Laura Linney live. She gives a strong performance in a play that has some good moments.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained for the duration of the play. While some parts are touching, other portions just drag.

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

Rote acting, Merely storytelling, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Laura Linney can do no wrong for you.

Don't see it if One-person shows are mere storytelling.

Also I gave this a chance because of Linney but I should not have. The auth... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You want to see some fine acting from LL. And like solo shows

Don't see it if You expect to be blown away. I love solo shows but this didn't hit the mark for me. My mother loved it however.

Mediocre, Overrated, Undeviating, Vapid

See it if must see Ms. Barton on stage and every solo performance on Broadway.

Don't see it if expect elaborate staging or entertaining show. It is not worth Bway theater ticket price. Good acting can't make up for pathetic script.

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

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if If you love Laura linney, her acting is great.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a story line that captures you.

Everything about this show was beautiful ... but, much like an exquisite fabergé egg, it didn't resonate. i could admire the set, the lighting, the projections ... all impeccable ... & laura linney's skillful performance ...but none of it mattered..

See it if you loved the book by elizabeth strout and you are a fan of laura linney.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows and can't relate to the subject matter.

Also I think I'm just the wrong demographic (I'm a cranky old man) ... to m... Read more Read less

The mesmerizing laura linney in a mediocre play

See it if If you wish to see the great Laura Linney go solo for 90 minutes in a maudlin play that is unworthy of her.

Don't see it if This play takes no risks, has no stakes, and plays it real safe. I couldn’t care less about the character and the uneventful story she tells

Also Laura Linney, on the other hand, I did care about. She’s working her a... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You appreciate a one-person performance.

Don't see it if You don't have a lot of patience.

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

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like Laura Linney. She is such a strong actress, and she does well here with the little she is given

Don't see it if I was bored by the story. Some funny and poignant moments, but felt sleepy and I was sitting on stage....Seemed pointless.

Also Laura Linney was good esp. when she was pretending to be her mom, but ... Read more Read less

Slow, Great staging, Overrated, Dated, Disappointing

See it if Absolutely love Laura Linney or work by Elizabeth Strout The video projections were the highlight for me

Don't see it if This play was excrutiatingly dull and pointless. A friend saw it and loved it; I guess I just didn't get it.

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

Banal, Great acting, Resonant

See it if Linney gives a wonderful performance, but the story itself feels haphazard and doesn't build to something larger than the sum of its parts

Don't see it if You feel ripped off paying a high price for a one woman show. You're not interested in family drama-type plays.

Dated, Great acting, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You love Laura Linney and you must see everything she does although the staging is a total snore. Much ado about nothing. Little insight.

Don't see it if You hate listening to books on tape as that’s what it feels like, at times. Dull and non-inventive staging. Lacks insight and relevance.

Great acting, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see a terrific performance by Laura Linney in a one-woman show

Don't see it if it breaks your heart to see a great actress in material that doesn't live up to her abilities

Slow, Overrated, Intense

See it if you love Laura Linney as her performance is truly incredible

Don't see it if You don't want to feel depressed afterwards. This show was so slow and sad.

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

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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