New York | Ends Jun 08

Network (NYC)

From 54 critic and 324 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Absorbing, 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.



70
During previews
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see great acting in a show filled with technology.

Don't see it if You love the movie so much and want that experience replicated.

70
During previews
Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like Bryan Cranston. He is excellent. Set and staging is wonderful.

Don't see it if You are not liberal Democrat. Plays into anti-trump. If you don’t like audience participation. MC asks audience to yell and pumps them up.

Also Cranston goes into audience. Very repetitious. A bit boring for me but... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Thin and poorly acted. disappointing

See it if you like Bryan Cranston- he was very good. The staging was cool. Interesting to look at and easy to follow.

Don't see it if ... my husband says, “they are supposed to be bad actors, that’s the way it’s directed.” I say, “what??” But that would explain it...

Also I have a ton of sympathy for anyone who has to play a role created by ... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Dated, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if you want to see Ivo do his Ivo thing

Don't see it if you want coherent pieces that speak to modern themes, where the staging gimmicks are in support of the piece rather than distracting from it

67
During previews
Overrated, Edgy, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if If you like Cranston. He is great in it. If you like modern theater, modern set.

Don't see it if If you want a traditional play. This plays teleprompters spins it out of control. If you dont like music playing while show is going on.

64
During previews
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love bold staging and multimedia presentations. To catch Bryan Cranston in a very good performance.

Don't see it if For me it didn’t live up to the movie or to van Hove’s other work. Much time is spent watching screens, some performances were lacking.

Also I was so excited for this one. I love Cranston, I love van Hove, and I... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Clever, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to watch Mr. Cranston at his best! Any chance to see him live is a reason to show up.

Don't see it if You expect to be really interested in this thinly adapted story. Also, the rest of the acting seems like amateur-your compared to Cranston.

Also The direction is ambitious but ultimately gratuitous and distracting. ... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Indulgent, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of Bryan Cranston, who is by a mile the best thing about this. It also had some interesting staging that was new to me.

Don't see it if You like more straightforward plays that really put the characters on display. This show seems to care more about staging than character.

55
During previews
Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston do an incredible job with this role.

Don't see it if you hate gimmicky staging.

Also Cranston delivers a Tony-worthy performance, but WOW the staging is al... Read more Read less

52
During previews
Slow, Great acting, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated

See it if if you want to see Bryan Cranston give an amazing perfomance

Don't see it if IF you are looking for a good show..its so slow and boring...stick to the movie

47
During previews
Raunchy, Dated, Cliched

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.

45
During previews
Bad script, Disappointing, Confusing

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.)

98
During previews
Outstanding, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if like shows with masterful acting - Cranston is amazing - great sets, thought-provoking story that has unnerving resonance for today's times

Don't see it if you prefer light bubbly entertainment.

Also Go with friends so you can discuss afterwards. Show raises lots of int... Read more Read less

98
During previews
Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see one of the best actors on the stage. Cranston is Howard Beale!

Don't see it if Frenetic dialog and abrupt fades upset you.

93
During previews
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if You love a lot of action and things going on

Don't see it if You get overwhelmed easily with a lot happening

90
During previews
Profound, Riveting, Great acting, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if You want to see both Ivo Van Hove, Tony Goodwin and the great Bryan Cranston at the absolute top of their game.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that you have to pay attention and follow, as the staging is dizzying and a bit confusing at times.

Also People will be talking about Mr Cranston’s performance for years. It i... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You appreciate terrific acting and very creative stage craft with an eerily prescient script by Paddy Chayefsky

Don't see it if You don’t want to think too much about the state of today’s news media or are a Trump supporter.

78
During previews
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston at his best!

Don't see it if You like to be able to see what's going on on the stage. Much action done in the wings and shown on a screen.

75
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love great writing and acting and you want to see some innovative staging

Don't see it if you want to see a compromised ending or too much of the movie on the stage (omitting some really good parts)

70
During previews
Cranston!, but not much else...

See it if You like Bryan Cranston. He gives a spectacular performance, especially in the "I'm mad as hell" scene.

Don't see it if You don't think Bryan Cranston alone is worth the price of admission.

55
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated, Ambitious

See it if you are a Bryan Cranston fan; he delivers.

Don't see it if you prefer substance to flash or really liked the movie which is a brilliant and thrilling work of art.

55
During previews
Relevant, Overrated, Cliched, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if if you want to see Bryan Cranston give an all-out scenery-chewing performance which the role demands

Don't see it if If you thought the movie was brilliant (which it was) and you loved the performances from Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Duvall.

Also Bryan Cranston is excellent, there's a fair amount of razzle dazzle in... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Disappointing, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love Bryan Cranston and want exciting theatre.

Don't see it if You love the movie—you’ll be disappointed in a lot of things

Also Cranston overdoes it a bit and Maslany is totally miscast.

69
During previews
Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You like Cranston who has great scenes, both heartbreaking and satirical. The staging, which includes video, is exceptional and innovative.

Don't see it if You like concise, subtle commentary. The many monologues weigh down the dazzling staging. The scenes with Shumaker’s wife seem unnecessary.


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