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.



45
4Columns

"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

45
New York Stage 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

40
scribicide

""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

35
Slate.com

“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


90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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.

Also When I entered the theater I thought the screens that were onstage and... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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.

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

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.

90
Intense, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

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.

Also I was rapt for most of the play. Cranston is amazing, and the minor su... Read more Read less

90
Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

90
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Clever

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

90
Intense, Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

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.

90
Must see, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston give a tony winning performance is a thoroughly enjoyable play

Don't see it if Absolutely no reason not to see it

90
Great staging, Must see, Zeitgeisty, Masterful, Flashy

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."

90
Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a brilliant interpretation of a classic movie to the stage with a superb cast .

Don't see it if you do not like plays that are based on movies.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

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.

89
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy beautifully-directed work that engulfs you.

Don't see it if You easily get overwhelmed with sensory experience or don't like emotional shows.

89
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

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.

88
Absorbing, Resonant, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Also Other performances are just satisfactory, but Bryan Cranston makes it ... Read more Read less

88
Resonant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a terrific performance. Bryan Cranston is AMAZING!

Don't see it if Lots of flashing lights and loud noises bothers you.

Also While Bryan Cranston gave 110% to his performance, I found some of the... Read more Read less

88
Intelligent, Great staging, Epic, Great acting

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

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

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.

Also Unfortunately, Tony Goldwyn and Tatiana Maslany were distinctly unrema... Read more Read less

88
Great staging, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Clever

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.

88
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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).

Also I was surprised at how engaged I was. I would definitely recommend it.... Read more Read less

88
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

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.

Also Still relevant today. The staging, writing and acting kept us engaged ... Read more Read less

88
Broad, Great acting, Reflective

See it if you'd like to see a marvel of a performance.

Don't see it if you're often dismissive of innovation as "gimmicky."

Also despite the script being a competent-at-best adaptation, Cranston's Ho... Read more Read less

88
Innovative staging/design, Cranston offers intelligent acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

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.

Also Bryan Cranston is phenomenal, committing to every role (and nearly alw... Read more Read less

87
I'm not sure what to write, ??????

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.

Also Cranston is marvelous as are the projections, but the projections caus... Read more Read less

87
Relevant, Great staging, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Bryan Cranston and/or Ivo van Hove. Both artists are turning in iconic work.

Don't see it if The landscape of broadcast television is of no interest to you.

87
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting

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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