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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love Laura Linney

Don't see it if You dislike erratic lighting. You don’t like to sit in a premium seat and have your view blocked by two (new) rows of seating level w yours

Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You prefer an excellently-after, narrative story.

Don't see it if You want a large production.

Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Laura Linney, one-person shows, and the exploration of not-so-perfect families.

Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, and/or have family issues that could be triggered by seeing it on stage.

Also I thought Ms. Linney acted beautifully, but I definitely have some iss... Read more Read less

Moving, sad, thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like Laura Linney, who is superb in a demanding one-person show. She plays more than one character exquisitely. The script is demanding.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one-person shows, stories about family disfunction, growing up in poverty, mother/daugter issues.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you relish witnessing truly great acting that appears effortless in a play that is most thought-provoking and moving.

Don't see it if you can't bear one-(wo)man, one set shows, and aren't into witnessing the psychological challenges of parent-child relationships.

Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy Laura Linney in an excellent one person show about human experience, family dynamics and coming to terms with your past.

Don't see it if you only want light entertainment with lots of action by a large cast.

Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like one woman shows. A MUST SEE if you are a fan of Ms. Linney. This was a great emotional piece, and Ms. Linney is amazing at the spot

Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows.

Also on role changes as she portrays both her character and her mother.

Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A brilliant performance by Laura Linney and a powerful portrait of one woman's struggle to grow out of a painful childhood into her identity

Don't see it if This is a play for the self-aware who are not afraid of seeing beneath the surface of others' lives--and their own.

Also Laura Linney is a great actress, onstage the whole time, rising to the... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like Laura Linney, haven't read My Name is Lucy Barton

Don't see it if you want action

Also I loved the book on which this play is based (and its excellent sequel... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy one actor shows who play more then one role. If you find listening to family stories interesting

Don't see it if You want a full cast and lots of interaction on stage. This one requires serious listening

Ambitious, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a great actress in her prime, literate theatre, thoughtful content

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows, you like a lot of physicality.

Intelligent, Great writing, Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like watching a great actress doing her craft. If you read the book, it is wonderful to see it translated to stage. thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you're looking for special effects, an exciting plot, or if you're not into thinking about emotional, sometimes heavy issues.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a solid performance by Lara Linney. In 90 minutes you journey with her as she accesses buried childhood memories.

Don't see it if If you are battling with unresolved issues that mirror the character. It might be too painful.

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You are a Linney fan

Don't see it if If you are not a Linney fan nor into 90 mins solo plays, or if you are after an interesting story

Also To be honest, it’s challenging to do a solo play with 90 mins. For tha... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You love Laura Linney

Don't see it if You like plot or action.

During previews
Intense, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if Laura Linney creates two masterful women. She inhabits each. It is a sad story. Not many actors can handle a thrust stage as she does

Don't see it if I am not a fan of solo shows ..ergo the rating etc is by my partner The SET DESIGN is a series of apt photos on the rear of the stage

Also I do love the challenge of the thrust stage. It may be a 1st for M.T.C... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing. great performance. great theatre.

See it if You appreciate great theatre.

Don't see it if Can't think of a good reason for a real theatre goer not to see this.

During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you are a fan of Laura Linney, if you are interested in childhood experiences and their effect in adult life.

Don't see it if if you are sensitive to child abuse, if you do not like one-women shows, or you rather see action than hear story-telling in a play.

During previews
Disappointing, Absorbing, Slow, Great acting

See it if You love Laura Linney, who does a superb job using her and her mother's voice in this one woman show. No illuminating message, however.

Don't see it if You prefer ensemble plays with action or, at least, something to think about when you leave.

During previews
Some moments of great writing, Slow, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Linney--she does a great job portraying both protagonist and estranged mother. Some individual monologues are excellent.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch 90 minutes of mother/daughter conflict. Parts don't add up to a whole. Not sure what the point was.

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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