Network (NYC)
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Network (NYC)

Network (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(614 Reviews)
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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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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Dazzling technology, Devoid of true emotion, Lots of speeches, Edgy, Relevant

See it if you love Cranston. Or you love hi-tech prodns (creative screens, filming). Insights into dangers of TV news and of lg multi-natl corps.

Don't see it if you want 3-D characters. IVH always misses humor/emotions. It's all surface. Script is repetitive. Room to cut. Some annoying aud particptn.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Multimedia spectacle dazzles the senses while delivering a blistering attack on hypocrisy and complicity. Show audience plays TV audience.

Don't see it if You don't want to be bombarded with philosophical challenges. This is an intellectual play, not an emotionally moving one.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Great use of video, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are willing to accept that serious ideas expressed through humor and outrage are there to wake you up! Loved the improve section.

Don't see it if audience members eating dinner on stage will be a distraction. It is unclear to me why they are there?

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Lacking, Great staging, Intense, Ambitious, Great lead performance

See it if you want to see a towering, fierce, visceral performance by Cranston & the innovative, multi-media creativity of director van Hove.

Don't see it if u expect the rest of the cast to be fully-fleshed characters. [The thrill of Cranston's Beale is countered by the icy, shallow support cast] Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if fan of the film, Cranston or von Hove, clever stagings, creative projections & video, a live outdoor scene, relevant subject matter

Don't see it if don't like media stories, didn't like original film, don't like extensive use of videos, long 135 min. intermissionless play

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
First 2/3rds absolutely riveting, last 1/3rd bites off too much; bryan cranston, in performance of great power and range, almost certain tony nominee

See it if brilliant portrayal how newsman driven 2 stir revolt vs mendacious TV, then exploited by forces he criticizes; amazing stagecraft/Cranston

Don't see it if overkill; attempt 2 show how deceitful '60s/'70s TV led 2 today's evils, infotainment/FoxNews/Trump/global corporate dominance, is too much Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if Amazing, Excellent and Power acting from Bryon Cranston. Class movie alive on Broadway.

Don't see it if If you hated the movie, you may not like the play. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Brit import update of "The Emperor's New Clothes," with Cranston as full-on bell ringer. Live video adds layer of social-media immediacy.

Don't see it if All the busy multimedia staging & everyday news cycle "noise" distraction cause plot to suffer:How far we've fallen since film's predictions

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 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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Entertainment Weekly
December 6th, 2018

"van Hove’s overly busy production can’t match the bareknuckle force of his leading man’s performance. Whenever Cranston isn’t on stage, the show tends to feel a bit didactic. And some of van Hove’s flashy, fourth-wall-breaking technical daredevilry feels distracting and oddly pointless...There’s no question that 'Network' is a sickeningly timely evening of theater. But whenever Cranston wasn’t on stage, I had to keep reminding myself why I loved the movie so much."
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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 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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The Observer
December 7th, 2018

“Despite an overwhelming star performance by Cranston...And a technology-crammed set so full of distractions that you are too busy watching all the visuals to remember what the play is about in the first place...’Network’ is as dated and irrelevant as a nickel phone call...Both the script and direction careen recklessly between a swerving clash of styles that lurch from mood to mood in scenes of farce, high drama, naturalism and comic fantasy...A combination of ambrosia and apocalypse.”
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