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.
"About two-thirds of the way through 'Network,' comprehension dawns. Up to that point, a lot about the bells-and-whistles Broadway version of the 1976 movie has been irretrievably confusing—director Ivo van Hove has crammed every multimedia gimmick he can think of into it...We watch it in smash-zoom high-def on the back wall’s movie screen—largely ignoring Cranston’s world-caliber acting happening just in front of us...There’s not a lot to learn from this version." Full Review
"Nothing about van Hove’s production works as well as the Cranston close-ups...There’s already so much commotion on stage...A couple rows of people eating shrimp rolls and empanadas seems like an unnecessary distraction. When Cranston is on, we’re completely tuned in. His Beale is a force...Only Broadway vet Nick Wyman matches Cranston’s intensity...But when you’re watching a grainy ancient Mazola ad instead of a live actor, the background noise is getting way too loud." Full Review
""The other characters-his best friend Max (Tony Goldwyn), his lover Diana (Tatiana Maslany)-are just as poorly drawn, and the result is eerily inhuman, even as the dehumanizing effects of technology seems to be one of the very subjects of the play. In other words, 'Network' reproduces the very phenomenon it is ostensibly challenging. It is a satire in which everyone seems angry except the writer." Full Review
“In van Hove’s maximalist, video-swathed production, the focused white-hot rage of the original is gone...The management of spectacle appears to have taken over all else...It’s a dazzling, but it ultimately proves the production’s undoing...The result is catastrophic...The only performer to emerge undefeated is Cranston...Yet there’s a disruptive quality to Cranston’s titanic turn...As a result, the sense of irony and tension around Beale is gone.” Full Review
See it if You enjoyed the movie. You like Bryan Cranston. The use of actual video screens during the performance isn't something you're adverse to.
Don't see it if You don't like the movie. This is almost an exact replica of the screenplay save for a few differences.
See it if you want a Master Class in acting by Bryan Cranston...and you like immersive theatrical experiences. So absorbing!
Don't see it if you liked the William Holden/Faye Dunaway characters in the movie. This is Cranston's show, and the other characters seem to recede a bit.
See it if You liked the movie. You want to see a tour de force by Bryan Cranston. You are mad as hell and you are not gonna take it anymore
Don't see it if you have a world view. You mind the secondary characters really sucking.
See it if for the amazing Bryan Cranston, and another great redo by Ivo van Hove The tech is fabulous, and the staging creates anxiety, in a good way
Don't see it if You get sensory overload. There is a lot happening at all times.
See it if You want to see an innovative stage adaptation of the movie ,fast paced scenes & brilliantly directed. Subject matter still topical today.
Don't see it if If you didn’t like the movie, if you can’t/don’t want to pay attention to understand the plot or if not an Ivo van Hove fan.
See it if Lead and supporting cast excellence; explosive "Act I" is most engaging first hour; relevant to current events
Don't see it if story cannot sustain fiery pace; devotees of director Van Hove will see self-plagarization of staging techniques previously used
See it if you love the movie, any of the actors or commentary about the state of television news (then and now).
Don't see it if You hate video used in plays, no matter how seamless, or if sex and foul language is offensive to you.
See it if you've been contemplating cutting the cable cord. Live theater trumps TV; Bryan Cranston is even more exciting in person than on air.
Don't see it if you're gonna freak out when the audience cheers video of Obama then boos video of Trump at the end. This show's not for Kool-Aid drinkers.
Also Memorable Line: "I have seen the face of God."
See it if Bryan Cranston is the reason to see Network. He's terrific in it. And if you like Ivan von Hove's unorthodox work.
Don't see it if The supporting cast is not as good as Cranston. The use of videos can be disconcerting at times. it could have been edited a bit.
See it if You are a fan of the movie or if you’ve never seen the movie. Bryan Cranston is phenomenal and will surely win the Tony for best actor!
Don't see it if You don’t like modern productions utilizing many video screens on stage.
See it if you want to see the performance of the season. For that matter, it's tough to imagine a better performance than Cranston's in any season.
Don't see it if it bothers you to watch close-ups on screens of performances on stage, or don't like staging that can seem frenetic.
See it if You want to see a tour-de-force from Bryan Cranston and Ivo van Hove's mastery direction.
Don't see it if It was slow at times and the supporting cast did not live up to the bar set by Cranston
See it if you love great acting (Bryan Cranston), great writing (Chayefesky) and extraordinary direction (Ivo van Hove) and stage design.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light evening of entertainment.
See it if You are a fan of Bryan Cranston and the film. You enjoy immersive theater and newsroom stories.
Don't see it if You didn't like the film and don't like Cranston. He dominates the show and is the best thing about it.
See it if incredible, intense performance by Bryan Cranston. Dynamic Stagin, v. fun to watch. Technically impresive. Great updating of Network movie.
Don't see it if you don't want a loud, intense play of a story you have already seen (if you've seen the movie).
See it if Bryan Cranston is a master of his craft, with Tony Goldwyn as a bonus. Tatiana Maslany and the rest of the cast are terrific too. Riveting
Don't see it if You're not interested in a look at the news industry and the blind faith that people put into what they see/hear presented as facts.
See it if you like edgier sociopolitical, timely and timeless works that catalyze your imagination; want to leave the theatre questioning your world.
Don't see it if not a fan of the ubiquitous Ivo van Hove and his penchant for boundary-pushing staging and design, and surprising re-imagining of stories.
See it if for a riveting performance by Brian Cranston. This show is really "theater." Ivo van Howe and the scenic designer are so inventive.
Don't see it if you loved the movie or don't want to think. Do not sit in seats 107 or 108 as you will miss Cranston's face in an important scene.
See it if You like great acting, great stories and thinking a little. Roller coaster ride of staging.
Don't see it if Be careful with young kids, a raunchy scene. This is a solid play, nothing bad to say.
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