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.



86
Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if for creative staging, audience participation, & engaging storytelling. Network keenly emphasizes the importance and power of the media

Don't see it if you view media negatively or are sensitive to violence

86
Refreshing, Great staging, Epic, Dizzying, Funny

See it if You love innovating staging, a compelling plot, and great acting

Don't see it if You want a traditional theater experience.

86
Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoyed the movie but are able to separate yourself from it a bit. You want to see a masterful performance by Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if You hated the movie, can’t stand pieces set in the 70s or won’t be able to look at the characters as individuals and not compare to the film

86
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you are an ardent fan of the film or Bryan Cranston; you like kinetic, interactive, satirical drama with memorable, powerful characters.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of satirical dark comedy, the original film or Bryan Cranston; and you find the story of television’s influence dated.

85
Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want to see a great performance in a glossy production

Don't see it if You expect depth beyond the glossy surface of this production.

85
Relevant, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston giving a masterful performance. The stage production is also creative and outstanding.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play from the 1960s-1970s. Although the themes are relevant today, the references are dated.

85
Edgy, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Love great performances of familiar work that is so relevant it feels like it was written last week. Brilliant set and use of the 4th wall

Don't see it if need the script to be even and flawless. The flaws cause it to drag slighly.

85
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if amazing performance by Bryan Cranston and Ivo Van Hove's innovative staging. Period.

Don't see it if need all acting to be at that level (although N. Wyman was excellent), slow speechy last quarter, video & live action at same time too much

Also I loved I. van Hove's work on The Damned with its combination of video... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you like to think and laugh at the theatre, you are interested in questions about the media, you like provocative or multimedia stagings

Don't see it if you are primarily interested in the emotional or interpersonal in theatre

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A fun, well-done play that actually lives up to the hype and leaves you with something to think about. Strong performances worth watching.

Don't see it if No good reasons. If you just don't like plays or you watch the movie once a week.

85
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston give an awe inspiring and intense performance.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of the original movie as it is pretty faithful to the movie. Some of the writing for the female roles seems dated.

85
Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Bryan Cranston at the top of his game in an engaging, technically impressive show with relevant themes

Don't see it if you want something conventional. The action unfolds in different parts of the stage simultaneously with some audience eating dinner on stage

85
Riveting, Ambitious, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see this year’s likely Tony winner for best actor in a play. Cranston is spectacular.

Don't see it if An avalanche of video effects might be too overwhelming. (But if you walked through Times Square to get there, you should be able to cope.)

85
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're looking to see Cranston be awesome with some creative staging

Don't see it if looking for a traditional theatrical experience

85
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy an absorbing drama infused with humor. The acting is incredible. The camera work is amazing.

Don't see it if You don’t like dramas or can’t handle a fast paced story.

85
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Brit import update of "The Emperor's New Clothes," with Cranston as full-on bell ringer. Live video adds layer of social-media immediacy.

Don't see it if All the busy multimedia staging & everyday news cycle "noise" distraction cause plot to suffer:How far we've fallen since film's predictions

85
Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy intense dialog and serious, contemporary themes.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment.

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if like Bryan Cranston's great acting

Don't see it if you prefer musicals

85
Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You like Bryan Cranston reprising a role from an old movie that is timely today concerning government, politics and media.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to have your entertainment politically themed and want to miss Bryan Cranston in a memorable role.

85
Great staging, Great acting

See it if If you want to see unique set-design and a phenomenal performance by Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if Not a family show or for people who like more traditional, less immersive shows.

Also Once again, Bryan Cranston delivers a Tony-worthy-master-class perform... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absorbing classic. While rewritten and restaged for the theatre it is as engrossing on this platform as on the screen

Don't see it if It you want to leave a show and not think about the message, if you don’t want to see great acting in a well written and staged show

84
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Even if you saw the movie this fresh take is brilliantly done. Very timely.

Don't see it if You believe everything you see on tv and read is true....

84
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love innovative staging and use of technology and truly masterful acting ny Bryan Cranston.

Don't see it if You don’t like the original movie. You don’t like use of technology on stage.

84
Great staging, Relevant, Overrated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a large scale play with lots of actors and great production values. Bryan Cranston does a great acting job.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that you can attach to emotionally or has a logical focus working toward and ending.

83
Great staging, Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate great acting, innovative staging, and relevant themes involving the power of the media. Cranston does not disappoint.

Don't see it if you prefer more simple staging that doesn't require watching projection/monitor at times


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