Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Network (NYC)

From 603 member  reviews
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. 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.

2h 0m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (603)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Ambitious

68
Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Frenetically staged, Movie is better

See it if Why adapt a movie for stage if not going to use uniqueness of live theater to tell story in new ways? That's NETWORK'S problem; see movie.

Don't see it if Frenzied/confused/confusing staging can't make up for passionless story-telling. Cranston is great, but other performances indifferent.

69
Ambitious, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you really want to. It is a dated show.

Don't see it if you are there to see the performers on stage.

Also While I get the experiment, I was very disappointed that so much of th... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Great staging

See it if for Bryan. He's giving it his all & it shows. They are also doing some cool things technically with camers, but I was a little bored

Don't see it if you don't want to watch someone have a mental breakdown - it gets a little intense. Also has mature themes.

Also Just overall I didn't care that much for the story and characters. The... Read more Read less

67
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Relevant

See it if You love the movie and want to see an at times too slavish adaptation. The set is spectacular and incorporates multimedia seamlessly.

Don't see it if It's longer than it needs to be. There are entire subplots that add nothing but seem to be there exclusively because they were in the movie.

64
Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see a knock out performance by Cranston in a unique production. He is truly remarkable in the role and the staging is creative

Don't see it if no one else comes close to Cranston's level. in fact, every other performance was surprisingly wooden. Cranston alone can't carry the show

69
Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Cranston is great as always but the Van Hoveian gimmickry is too much here, only drawing attention to the weaknesses of the other players.

Don't see it if Seeing audience members on stage or on one of the myriad screens may be intended as commentary, but it backfires & takes you out of the show

Also Cranston is given Holden’s best line from the movie, reminding us that... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston at his best.

Don't see it if are confused by a period piece (plot) mixed with current.

Also The choices of the director may have worked in some other of his Broad... Read more Read less

68
Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You love Van Hove. His signature obsessions on display.

Don't see it if You like text driven theater. Gimmicky. Not clear why this movie needed to be done onstage.

61
Relevant, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if Bryan Cranston is the only reason to see the show. He will win the Tony; he is stunningly great. It is relevant in how news broadcasts work

Don't see it if you want to see more than a one-man show; it belongs to Cranston. But, the rest is somewhat boring. The sex scene offensive.

Also The marriage breakdown is unnecessary, adds nothing to the production ... Read more Read less

68
Preachy, Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a riveting performance by Bryan Cranston or are very interested in influence of media on society.

Don't see it if you need an intermission or don’t enjoy shows that have too much going on at once. It is often busy to the point of distraction.

66
Ivo van hove directs a production of a classic film that is revolutionary, not always for the right reasons.

See it if you want to see a truly impressive & energetic production with inventive use of live video.

Don't see it if you want to see theatre, because this too often feels like you're watching a live taping of television.

Also I am truly awed and impressed by Ivo Van Hove's direction of NETWORK, ... Read more Read less

63
Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if simply for the acting. Cranston is great

Don't see it if Too distracting with all of the technology, and a very odd political twist at the end that is just meant to upset people on both sides.

60
Dull, Why-do-it-live?, Lacking-structure, Big-thrills-never-arrive

See it if love, love, love Bryan Cranston. However, except for a few scenes, expect to see him on a big TV screen rather than live on stage.

Don't see it if are expecting the power and revelation of past Van Hove productions. It's not there. The subplots are irrelevant and poorly acted.

65
Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You really like Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if You want a strong drama without distractions

Also Van howe's direction was cribbed from his direction of the damned at t... Read more Read less

69
Clever, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you like technical wizardry and Big Speeches; you like Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent thesis or a strong ensemble (this is pretty much the Bryan Cranston Show)

67
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like politically relevant topics and shows that utilize tv screens and media styled presentation

Don't see it if you don't like people shouting the entire show or audience interaction

60
Overrated, Great acting, Dated, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You really really liked the movie and/or are just going to see Cranston’s brilliant performance or a sex scene that was way over the top.

Don't see it if You don’t like a cacaphony of sound and lights asdaulting you for no good reason. The staging was awful and distracting to say the least.

69
Frenetic, Outdated, Well done, True, Disappointing

See it if you simply love Bryan Cranston. The theme endures. But be sure to spring for a good seat, it matters in this theatre. Get an unobscured seat

Don't see it if you are familiar with the movie and are expecting an updated version. Emotions fall flat because of dated predictablity.

66
Uneven and slow...except cranston

See it if You want to see Cranston kill it up there. He commands the stage and your attention

Don't see it if You aren't prepared for uneven performances...some amateur.. some dialogues that drag and make your kind wander...weird production devices

51
Absorbing, Confusing, Overrated

See it if Good acting by Bryan Cranston in one or two soliloquies. Otherwise he is over the top. Finch was much more belivable.

Don't see it if Too frenetic. It is not meant to be a comedy. There is a fine line between satire and comedy. The videos and music were offsetting. They

Also distracted. Also was there really a need to show videos of every presi... Read more Read less

66
Disappointing, Masterful, Overrated, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if Bryan Cranston was incredible. The design was incredible. That’s about it.

Don't see it if You care about Tatiana Maslany.

65
Clever, Indulgent

See it if You haven't seen the movie, or if you like multi-media staging.

Don't see it if You have fond memories of the movie. This version does not improve on the original.

56
Confusing, Intense, Relevant, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if Bryan Cranston is the sole reason to see this show: he is nothing short of brilliant. The rest of the cast? Underwhelming. The plot? A mess.

Don't see it if You are looking for a coherent play and a well-rounded cast. It's oddly prescient, though.

65
Dizzying, Relevant, Intense, Frantic, Pompous

See it if If you love Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if You agree that Ivo has a schtick, and you’ve seen it before and don’t really need to see it again.

69
Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You just can’t not see Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if You want the show to be as good as he is.

Also A dizzying mess of a show with zero chemistry between actors and too m... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 p...
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