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My Name is Lucy Barton

From 159 member  reviews
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

Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like Laura Linney and would watch her read what might as well be the literal phone book

Don't see it if you're looking for something with plot, narrative drive, anything to hold your interest.

Small, Undramatic, Formal, Uninspired, Static

See it if Your book reading club has assigned this novel and you just found a free ticket outside the theater and you've got 90 minutes to spare.

Don't see it if You've already read the book or you're thinking you're going to get to see the talented Linney play a host of characters.

Also Memorable Line: "He took it and ate it without pleasure."

During previews
Great acting, Unfocused, Slow

See it if you want to see Laura Linney in one-woman show

Don't see it if you like any amount of action, plot, or well-crafted storytelling. this script is incredibly unfocused

Also this was a very very long 90 minutes! The "plot" ... halfway through I... 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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