Prayer for the French Republic (Broadway)
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Prayer for the French Republic (Broadway)
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Prayer for the French Republic (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

91%
(1077 Ratings)
Positive
94%
Mixed
3%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

About the Show

Generations of a French Jewish family face history's shadows.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (336)

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88 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Masterful, Relevant, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a show that's top-notch in every aspect, that handles a weighty subject through the humanity of a family facing its own fears.

Don't see it if You aren't prepared to watch a play centered on anti-Semitism and its implications on the choices made by a family spanning 4 generations. Read more

489 Reviews | 93 Followers
100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are looking to experience a story that will grab you up out of your seat and take ou on an unexpected adventure.

Don't see it if you don't love the exhilaration RUSH that seeing a powerful play brings on, otherwise go see a boring show like How to Dance in Ohio. Read more

166 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The must see play this season. A serious, timely play that is superbly acted, written, directed with an exceptional cast. Kudos to MTC.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a light theatrical experience or can's handle a three hour plus play. Otherwise, a must see, important play. Read more

137 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if you want to see a powerful and complex drama about anti-Semitism in France that manages to be both an intimate family drama and epic.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays (it lasts three hours) or plays with politically charged debates. Read more

59 Reviews | 17 Followers
100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you have an appreciation of WWII and anti-semitism

Don't see it if you don't like family dramas

65 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see amazing play. Acting was amazing! Story was Amazing! It is what's going on right now. Highly recommend it.

Don't see it if If you are antisemitic.

100 Reviews | 31 Followers
100
Beyond timeliness, Ready to see again a day after, Strong performances throughout, Awe-inspiring repartee, The fastest moving 3-hour play in decades

See it if You'll laugh & cry at once. Each act is perfection. This is not just about Judaism, though that would be enough. It's a mirror to our times.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing one of the major Broadway productions that will be recalled for decades to come. A bonanza for thinking souls.

230 Reviews | 46 Followers
100
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like meaning in your shows, what a deep, thoughtful, well written play. Blown away!

Don't see it if you like lighter topics, you don't want a show about anti-Semitism

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
January 9th, 2024

“What is too much for the world is way too much for the play. And the play, for all its urgency, is already way too much. Running just over three hours, ‘Prayer for the French Republic,’...is still not long enough to do justice to the multiple histories it wants to tell.”
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Time Out New York
January 9th, 2024

“There is perceptiveness and humor in ‘Prayer for the French Republic,’ and Cromer’s direction does its best to keep things honest. But as Harmon weighs out the issues, you can sense his thumb on the scale; by the denouement, it feels more like his whole hand, pressing for amens.”
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New York Theatre Guide
January 10th, 2024

“It’s a plus-size play about big social issues that impresses in large structural ways as well as small moments...so this ‘Prayer’ will likely always be relevant. That’s a dramatic triumph – and a scorching reality.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 9th, 2024

“Though it’s surrounded by heavy clouds, Harmon’s play is plenty sharp and by no means gloomy...How much you respond to ‘Prayer’ may ultimately rest on your taste for such harangues. I admit to finding them hard to follow — not intellectually but emotionally. They leave me cold and a little suspicious.”
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New Yorker
January 11th, 2024

“Like any play transferring to Broadway from an Off Broadway success, this ‘Prayer’ is a counterproposal to its earlier, smaller, and more intimate iteration.”
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The Wall Street Journal
January 11th, 2024

“ 'Prayer for the French Republic' addresses, with nuance, detail and understated passion, the tensions and the connections between history and current events."
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Deadline
January 9th, 2024

“...Edwards and his castmates bring two distinct, if not always so dissimilar, eras to life, and they tell a sweeping story while conveying genuine intimacy. ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ asks big questions – of history, of family, of identity – and, all but miraculously, answers their call.”
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New York Daily News
January 9th, 2024

“The play, narrated uneasily by the self-doubting Patrick, is saying that little has been solved, the Jew remains a wanderer by necessity, that the painful lessons of history have never been more important, and love and happiness must be grabbed where it can.”
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