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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.