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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.