New York | Ends Jun 08

Network (NYC)

From 54 critic and 325 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.



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

83
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate outstanding acting and are a fan of Brian Cranston.

Don't see it if you dislike video screens along with the stage performance

83
First 2/3rds absolutely riveting, last 1/3rd bites off too much; bryan cranston, in performance of great power and range, almost certain tony nominee

See it if brilliant portrayal how newsman driven 2 stir revolt vs mendacious TV, then exploited by forces he criticizes; amazing stagecraft/Cranston

Don't see it if overkill; attempt 2 show how deceitful '60s/'70s TV led 2 today's evils, infotainment/FoxNews/Trump/global corporate dominance, is too much

Also The set of the newsroom designed by designer extraordinaire, Jan Versw... Read more Read less

83
Bryan cranston! bryan cranston! bryan cranston!, Relevant, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to experience a perfect performance by Cranston; great production and staging; good acting by all but it's Cranston's show.

Don't see it if you think you'll be escaping reality. Certainly, in this production everything old is new again with ties to our present conundrum.

Also Cranston is so large on the stage that he dwarfs everyone and everythi... Read more Read less

83
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if The brilliant Paddy Chayefsky screenplay gets the Ivo von Hove treatment in which the theatre is transformed into a buzz of cameras

Don't see it if It is disconcerting for some to witness the breakdown of a man and the interplay of constant filming by omnipresent cameras projecting all

82
Unique theatre experience, Network studio stage set, Cranston over-the-top performance

See it if American society reflected in newscast measured by eyeballs, news company measured by stock value, finally by emotional impact on individual

Don't see it if You are bothered by lots of busy camera work, bright lights, restaurant on stage, and distracting secondary romantic subplot.

82
Dizzying, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Ivo von Hove’s amazing set design, and Bryon Cranston’s frenzied and passionately quirky performance energize the large cast.

Don't see it if You dislike sets with a lot happening at all times. Have no interest in broadcast news. Cringe during simulated sex scenes. 2 hrs no inter.

Also A must see for Bryan Cranston’s performance at full throttle 8 times a... Read more Read less

82
Overrated, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the current "hot" show. It is quite unique in its use of screens & cameras onstage. Cranston is a treat. Other acting uneven

Don't see it if you are bothered by lots of messages flashing at you at the same time or scenes taking place offstage and being shown onscreen. Annoying.

81
Outsize, thrilling video juxtaposed with onstage fun and bryan cranston’s big acting make your heart thump thump.

See it if Undeniably Stunning, collage-like Spectacle and hype (if at the expense of real-ness and the authenticity of the source-movie) turn you on.

Don't see it if You were moved by Chayevsky’s script’s focus on Bill Holden’s aging crisis OR have tired of VonHowe’s heavy-handed, fashionable directing.

81
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Cranston gives a powerful, breathtaking performance ! You can’t help but compare influence of media in 1976 and 2019 ! Seeing is believing !

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this would be if you can’t deal with a great amount of cacophony both audibly and visually.

81
Relevant, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if When capitalism/corporations run news media for profits/propaganda, it stokes the flames of anger&fear in the mobs. Bryan's crazy/convincing

Don't see it if A lot of the play doesn't face the audience, you rely on watching the screens. Sensational news shows or gun/shots are triggering.

Also Ticket from box office for $59, corner balcony partial view seat.

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Dizzying, Ambitious, Clever

See it if A dizzying take on Chayefsky's famous screenplay about corruption, corporate world, and commercialised rage

Don't see it if If you don't like multimedia multifocus staging

80
Relevant, Profound, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play relevant to our times and Bryan Cranston

Don't see it if You do not like television/ratings motivated dramas or do not care for Bryan Cranston.

80
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Ivo Van Hove’s unique direction and Bryan Cranston’s excellent acting. The lighting and the staging were also outstanding.

Don't see it if You don’t like a frenetic atmosphere. You don’t want to see the mental collapse of a human being.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You Enjoy exciting storytelling by an extraordinary cast

Don't see it if Even a roller coaster of an evening in the theater

80
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if All I can say is Bryan Cranston. Bryan Cranston. Wow!

Don't see it if I can think of no reason.

80
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like Brian Cranston and Tony Goldwyn. Both are excellent. You enjoy live action cameras, in & out of theatre, which interact with stage

Don't see it if If don't know the movie. It will seem, old & outdated. You are a MAGA supporter with thin skin..

80
Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like alot of electric media, unique staging and face paced

Don't see it if electric media staging, fast paced thought provoking drama

80
Excruciating, Masterful, Disappointing, Absorbing, Bryan cranston = 99, the rest = 60

See it if You love Bryan Cranston and want to see a magnificent performance in a disappointing production

Don't see it if Bad acting among the supporting players will affect your enjoyment of the play.

80
Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if want to ponder the changes in the media landscape since Patty Hearst's arrest, or want to see Bryan Cranston perform.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to think, or aren't interested in the impact of media, policy, corporate power, and citizens in a democracy.

80
Refreshing, Great staging, Edgy, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You never saw bryan cranston on broadway he is great!

Don't see it if There is no intermission and its two hours.

80
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you loved the movie and/or are a fan of Bryan Cranston. The acting is superb, although at times, found it a bit slow.

Don't see it if you aren't into hearing a fabulous actor rant about how he doesn't want to tolerate the political climate and problems of the world.

80
Intense, Resonant, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Bryan Cranston's incredible performance in an inventively staged production and think about 1970's media vs today's.

Don't see it if You expect a conventional drama and multiple well rounded characters.

80
Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You loved the movie, if you enjoy intense acting or if you’re fed up and not gonna take it any more

Don't see it if You want light entertainment or the razzle dazzle of a big production

79
Relevant, Ambitious

See it if If you like Bryan Cranston, if you like shows where technology is the star

Don't see it if If you are a fan of the classic film and do not like changes

Also Bryan Cranston is excellent and very moving with his monologues. The r... Read more Read less


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