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

45
Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You love Bryan Cranston. That's really the only reason to go.

Don't see it if You want a faithful representation of the movie or a good Broadway play.

Also I'm mad as hell for paying full price for this ticket and seeing such ... Read more Read less

35
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You care only about great acting; if you can stand mediocre script/dialogue for 2 straight hours; if you really like straight plays

Don't see it if You're expecting a modern classic; if boring subplots about unlikable characters having affairs is annoying; if breakdowns are upsetting

Also I walked into Network expecting to love it. I had heard nothing but po... Read more Read less

25
Confusing, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you mis-understood the movie Network, and want to see a show that talks down to you.

Don't see it if you understood the movie Network, and don't want to see it distorted by staging that thinks it's more important than coherent.

49
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Insipid

See it if you like Bryan Cranston (even though he went a bit off the actor's deep end) and are curious about the director's work.

Don't see it if you have no tolerance for disparate (often times bizarre) choices (acting, design, directing) - no cohesiveness. I was utterly disappointed

47
Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You're interested in an unusual and edgy use of technology.

Don't see it if You prefer a more traditional linear narrative without technical bells and whistles.

26
Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if If you’re a Bryan Cranston fan and liked the original movie.

Don't see it if If you don’t like grand standing by a leading actor with an odd, ambitious staging. And the pacing was off.

40
Dated, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you love Bryan Cranston no matter what.

Don't see it if you don't want to pay full price for partial-view seats.

1
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You'd watch Bryan Cranston do anything.

Don't see it if You're going because of the hype. It's one of the worst shows I've seen in years. Stuck in center orchestra seats with no intermission!!!

40
Great acting, Excessive obscenity

See it if You desire great acting with themes of despair.

Don't see it if You are offended by nonstop obscenity and pointless on stage copulation.

During previews
47
Cliched, Dated, Raunchy

See it if If you feel like chanting when prompted, “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it any longer.” If watching Bryan Cranston is treat enough.

Don't see it if You expect a farce.It’s reality. Not fun. Not funny. Tony Goldwyn looks pained.Other actors shout. Two hours. No intermission.

During previews
45
Confusing, Disappointing, Bad script

See it if You are looking for a star sighting of Brian Cranston, whose acting is also absolutely excellent.

Don't see it if You want a coherent play instead of just a star sighting. Incoherent script, bad acting by all but Cranston (who is absolutely excellent.)


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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