Network (NYC)
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Network (NYC)
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Network (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(622 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (622)

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58 Reviews | 19 Followers
97
Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you love new and exciting theatre and are interested in mixed mediums. The use of cameras and screens mixed with lighting makes this show.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy intense subject matter or the use of technology on stage. If you're looking for something more traditional, this isn't it.

176 Reviews | 39 Followers
97
Relevant, Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if want to see Cranston's performance of a lifetime in a masterfully staged play with a wonderful cast. The use of multi media was amazing.

Don't see it if There is absolutely no reason not to see this play. Read more

52 Reviews | 25 Followers
96
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Masterful, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston completely TRANSFORM into newscaster Howard Beale you want to see a show that's relevant to current times

Don't see it if you mind swearing, sex, crass talk and ranting you just don't like a fabulous show! truly i can't find a reason NOT to see Read more

66 Reviews | 11 Followers
96
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston own the stage. Absolutely powerful performance by an actor who is a master at his craft.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that resonate with today's times.

60 Reviews | 11 Followers
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are interested in seeing a work about the cynical manipulation of the populace by media conglomerates.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

542 Reviews | 136 Followers
96
Powerful, Disturbing, Masterful

See it if you like memorable theatrical events,visceral and smart,great combination of form and content & tour-de-force performance by Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are less preachy, think that the gimmick of live video on stage has played itself out, or just want lighter fare

53 Reviews | 8 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to be totally blown away by the story, Bryan Cranston’s performance and I’ve Van Hove’s directing. I ended up going 3 times.

Don't see it if You don’t like to be challenged and you don’t like video projection used in theater (even though I think it serves the show perfectly)

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
95
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if a timely story with breathtaking acting and a fantastic staging,

Don't see it if you don't like politicly-themed theater

Critic Reviews (55)

The New York Times
December 6th, 2018

"And if you’re a glutton for great, high-risk acting, you owe Mr. Cranston the courtesy — and yourself the thrill — of watching his self-immolation...If the bravura dementia of his Howard makes much of the rest of the show seem as two-dimensional as a flat TV screen, it’s a trade-off I’m willing to accept, albeit with a sigh...As a portrait of a displaced man unraveling, Mr. Cranston’s wrenching performance stands on its own."
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Time Out New York
December 6th, 2018

"Bryan Cranston has a hell of a mad scene in the middle of 'Network'...It’s riveting stuff, because Cranston is an extraordinary actor, and also because, for an extended moment in this tech blitz of a show, there appears to be a human being onstage. Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning screenplay was a satire of the values of the television age, but humor has never been Van Hove’s strength, and this 'Network' has virtually none of it...'Network' isn’t galvanizing, it’s numbing."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 6th, 2018

"There’s something flat about van Hove’s production. It’s got all the requisite external flash, and Lee Hall’s adapted script is clear enough in its outlining of the story’s heightening stakes — the problem is, we recognize those stakes intellectually, but we don’t really feel them...van Hove has only one actor who’s truly on fire. Bryan Cranston’s Beale is a ferocious performance...Other than Cranston, the people feel stuck, sometimes overwrought and often stiff."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 6th, 2018

"Chayefsky’s predictions having long since come to pass, 'Network' is thus a musty period piece...Cranston overcomes that obstacle by putting a personal spin on the part...Not so his colleagues...which has the unintended effect of turning 'Network' into a one-man show...If you’re willing to pay Broadway prices to see Cranston give a tremendous performance, there’s a chance you’ll go home happy. Otherwise, you might as well rent the movie."
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Deadline
December 6th, 2018

"My late-arriving discussion of the production seems justified for a play so completely dominated by a single performance. In most other respects, 'Network' is something of a let-down, and certainly no improvement over the film...The adaptation by Lee Hall sticks close to Chayefsky’s original script, with mixed results...Cranston comes damn close to matching the power of Finch’s Beale, focusing more than he predecessor on the character’s desperate sadness."
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New York Daily News
December 6th, 2018

"Cranston has some truly stunning moments...The central directorial conceit is a measure, of course, of van Hove's genius...Not all of the personal scenes are as strong as Cranston's astonishing solo spots...But while you might wish for more depth in some scenes, that's just not the point of the production. This is one profoundly clever show, the rare conceptual masterwork that puts all the current railing against fake news and cheap network theatrics in a much broader temporal context."
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Variety
December 6th, 2018

"Chayefsky’s diatribe, which played as satire almost a half-century ago, takes on fresh fury in a sizzling stage production, directed by Ivo Van Hove, that feels less satiric but more urgent — and frightening — in today’s times...The depth of Chayefsky’s cynicism is so breathtaking, so full of existential despair that it makes today’s critical pundits look like weepy whiners. Although Cranston never pushes Beale over the edge into madness, he brilliantly nudges him to the outer limits of anger."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 6th, 2018

"The satirical sting may have been blunted by time, but the prescience is indisputable...What hurts the writing at 40-plus years' distance is that by remaining locked in the 1970s, it arguably doesn't go far enough...Still, as a real-world horror show about the profits to be reaped by accessing popular anger, 'Network' remains gripping, largely because Cranston makes his character's tragic trajectory a white-knuckle ride, and van Hove infuses the drama with dizzying kinetic energy."
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