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New York | In Previews: Opens Dec 06

Network (NYC)

From 28 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the show

After making its premiere in at the National Theatre in London, the adaptation of the Oscar-winning film comes to Broadway, starring Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. (Previous Reviews) More…

Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn’t pulling in the viewers. In his final broadcast he unravels live on screen. But when ratings soar, the network seizes on their newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. "Network" depicts a media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Comic and hair-raising by turns, the iconic film by Paddy Chayefsky won four Academy Awards in 1976. Directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove.

In Previews: Opens Dec 06 | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)


“Network (NYC)” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

100
During previews
Thought-provoking, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy great drama that is prescient.

Don't see it if you only like musicals or juke box shows

Also It's today, dynamic and makes you realize that Paddy Chayefsky foresaw... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a smart play with great writing and acting about relevant topics. It was a great show!

Don't see it if you prefer silly musicals.

97
During previews
Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you love brilliant theater. Brian Cranston at his best with superb co-stars. Brought up to date and relevant to today.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

95
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you don't remember the movie--it's prophetic! If you do remember the movie, you won't be disappointed. Really close to a perfect show!

Don't see it if You don't care for current events, journalism, or understanding what we are doing here....

95
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to see a real acting tour de force in a play so relevant it is scary. This is a really superb production.

Don't see it if You don't like serious and engaging theater and seeing an actor at the top of his form.

92
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy watc hing brilliance. Tatiana Maslany is marvelous but watching Brian Cranston is transfomative. Both are incredible.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate tough, topical drama that is as timely and thought provoking today as when first produced.

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a masterful actor explore every range a character can have and come out on top. This was a great show!!

Don't see it if you are looking for fluff

90
During previews
Cranston is riveting in a thrilling adaptation of the film

See it if Van Hove's innovative staging turns Belasco into a TV studio. Live action is also videoed so we got 2 aspects of the same scene. Great set.

Don't see it if Faithful adaptation of the film, but you don't need to have seen it. Cranston is the big star. Tony Goldwyn was also effective.

Also Attended the dress rehearsal

84
During previews
Relevant, Sensory overload

See it if You want to see a great performance by Cranston; you are interested in the medium and the message

Don't see it if You don’t like frenetic plays.

Also Cranston is in the zone. He outperforms the rest of the cast. The stag... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Relevant, Bryan cranston's tour de force

See it if you're a fan of Cranston and von Hove. Be prepared for a very busy evening, with action and dialogue (and dinner) covering the entire stage.

Don't see it if you don't want to be prodded into reacting and shouting and applauding. This is not a passive audience experience.

Also The staging is similar to von Hove's The Damned at the Armory with liv... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Dizzying, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a stellar performance by Bryan Cranston or you liked the movie.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy innovative staging that uses technology throughout or like audience participation.

Also There’s a lot going on visually with the staging. I found the monitors... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want a fresh take on a movie turned Broadway show You are a fan of Bryan Cranston and Tony Goldwyn

Don't see it if You are offended by modern technology integrated into a play

80
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to be wowed (and sometimes disappointed) with technology! It's incredible, but does the story and/or acting get lost? I'm not sure

Don't see it if If you hate plays that are treated like blockbuster musicals. There's a lot of video and a little intimacy. It still probably worth it.

78
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a thought-provoking play with a stellar lead performance and innovative staging.

Don't see it if you want to see a more traditional production. The combination of live and recorded can be a bit much at times.

77
During previews
A decidedly mixed bag

See it if You're in the mood for a sprawling, rapacious takedown of American corporate malfeasance.

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for a 40+ year-old satire that is still (very sadly) relevant today.

Also I realize it must be hard to replicate the Olivier Theater space here ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if If you were a fan of the movie and like good solid performances such as Mr Cranstons.

Don't see it if you like basic, traditional theatre, or are fond of musicals.

Also The show moves quickly and is fast paced. They take risks and do some ... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Compelling, Messy, Frustrating, Wild

See it if you want to see a show pushing the boundaries of how you tell a story in a Broadway theater, and not hiding the messy edges.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional theater experience.

73
During previews
Good. not great. doesn't pull all the stories together.

See it if You're a Bryan Cranston and Paddy Chayefsky fan.

Don't see it if You love the movie.

72
During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Cranston!

See it if Cranston. He’s the reason to see this, and he gives a phenomenal performance. And his work alone moves this review from yellow to green.

Don't see it if If you need something more than Cranston. Everything around him is meh. This would have been better as s one-man show.

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like Bryan Cranston. He is excellent. Set and staging is wonderful.

Don't see it if You are not liberal Democrat. Plays into anti-trump. If you don’t like audience participation. MC asks audience to yell and pumps them up.

Also Cranston goes into audience. Very repetitious. A bit boring for me but... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Thin and poorly acted. disappointing

See it if you like Bryan Cranston- he was very good. The staging was cool. Interesting to look at and easy to follow.

Don't see it if ... my husband says, “they are supposed to be bad actors, that’s the way it’s directed.” I say, “what??” But that would explain it...

Also I have a ton of sympathy for anyone who has to play a role created by ... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You want to watch Mr. Cranston at his best! Any chance to see him live is a reason to show up.

Don't see it if You expect to be really interested in this thinly adapted story. Also, the rest of the acting seems like amateur-your compared to Cranston.

Also The direction is ambitious but ultimately gratuitous and distracting. ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If you like Cranston. He is great in it. If you like modern theater, modern set.

Don't see it if If you want a traditional play. This plays teleprompters spins it out of control. If you dont like music playing while show is going on.

55
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston do an incredible job with this role.

Don't see it if you hate gimmicky staging.

Also Cranston delivers a Tony-worthy performance, but WOW the staging is al... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see one of the best actors on the stage. Cranston is Howard Beale!

Don't see it if Frenetic dialog and abrupt fades upset you.


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