Our Mother's Brief Affair
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Our Mother's Brief Affair
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Our Mother's Brief Affair NYC Reviews and Tickets

66%
(161 Ratings)
Positive
52%
Mixed
31%
Negative
17%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Funny, Clever

About the Show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the NY premiere of Richard Greenberg's new play starring Linda Lavin as a mother with a shocking secret that threatens her children.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (161)

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127 Reviews | 13 Followers
97
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Original

See it if you like a story with a twist.

Don't see it if like all the answers right in front of you.

50 Reviews | 20 Followers
95
Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like fast one line wit and great acting.

Don't see it if Fast one line wit.

53 Reviews | 16 Followers
93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you like an original smart play.

Don't see it if you are looking for the wow factor.

509 Reviews | 336 Followers
93
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like great acting and an entertaining interesting story.

Don't see it if You should see it!

219 Reviews | 40 Followers
93
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if if you love to watch Linda Lavin. this is a great vehicle for her. original script and great cast

Don't see it if if you dont like family drama or a person with dementia

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a unique and well acted family play.

Don't see it if You do not like drama

216 Reviews | 223 Followers
90
Clever, Great acting, Original, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy following the lives of others, especially with unexpected twits and turns.

Don't see it if You like musicals or a lot of staging and fast paced activity.

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277 Reviews | 201 Followers
88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if I liked it, found the story line a true surprise, and the dialogue around it interesting. Linda Lavin, as always, a wonderful performance.

Don't see it if Might not be for everyone. Topic moves between aging and politics.

Critic Reviews (52)

The New York Times
January 20th, 2016

"An untethered play about unmoored lives...Throughout this production, directed a shade too tentatively by Lynne Meadow, Ms. Lavin’s poses unfailingly match, and even amplify, Mr. Greenberg’s exquisite prose...I wish the play that surrounds her were more compellingly realized...As a mystery drama, 'Our Mother’s Brief Affair' never acquires much urgency, despite the fretful, fine-grained ambivalence of all the performances."
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Time Out New York
January 20th, 2016

"Greenberg’s writing is elegant and keenly epigrammatic...'Our Mother’s Brief Affair' leaves you to wonder how much this scandal has been retouched. But there is no doubt as to the casual mastery that Lavin, at 78, brings to the part. Shifting in and out of the past, elevating one-liners to three-dimensionality, she brings a lifetime of command to the stage."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 20th, 2016

"The moral balance fails, making 'Our Mother’s Brief Affair' seem uncharacteristically cheap or desperate, a way of cribbing drama from an impeccable source — history — instead of growing it natively. Greenberg seems to sense this, or at least his characters do, because he and they spend the rest of the play scrambling to absorb the blow by making excuses where possible and, where not, trying to top it with a secondary secret."
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The Wall Street Journal
January 21st, 2016

"Mr. Greenberg has engaged with his material in an unequivocally personal way this time around...While the results are flawed, I was never bored and some parts are quite moving…Unfortunately, 'Our Mother’s Brief Affair' slithers off the track at midpoint...It runs for two hours and would be far stronger had it been cut to an intermission-free hour and a half...It is, however, very well staged by Lynne Meadow and persuasively acted by all hands."
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New York Daily News
January 20th, 2016

"With signature style, wry wit and an irresistible glint in her eye, Lavin makes Anna Cantor a force to be reckoned with. Lavin can do that in her sleep. Even so, the play is a snooze...Greenberg writes sharp and smart dialogue. Lynne Meadow is an efficient director. The cast is fine, but can only do so much with a script that is undercooked and overwritten at the same time."
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Variety
January 20th, 2016

"Not even the sainted Linda Lavin can save the deeply unpleasant character she plays in 'Our Mother’s Brief Affair,' a lazy play by Richard Greenberg. Stubbornly lacking in dramatic tension, the uneventful narrative features a mean-spirited woman who may or may not be on her deathbed, recounting a closely held secret to her disagreeable grown children."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 20th, 2016

"It takes some doing to stifle the prickly humor of Linda Lavin, but 'Our Mother's Brief Affair' makes her character both an unreliable narrator and one who's astringent to the point of unpleasantness...While Meadow's actors are all quite accomplished, they struggle to find any heart in characters so unrelentingly 'written' that it sucks the life out of them, giving us no reason to care."
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The Observer
January 28th, 2016

"The play has two things going for it. In addition to the revelation inherent in discovering Ms. Lavin’s extensive gifts, there is the lively art of playwright Richard Greenberg...It’s a winning combination. This is not his most flawless play…It’s an extravagant ruse, bogged down in contrived exposition, that doesn’t quite work. Richard Greenberg always amazes with his precise selection of words and images, and Linda Lavin serves him well."
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