John Guare's critically acclaimed drama returns to Broadway starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Tony winner John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins ('Straight Outta Compton'). More…
Inspired by a true story, this play follows the trail of Paul, a mysterious young con man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy New York couple, claiming he’s the son of actor Sidney Poitier. After a shocking surprise, the couple tries to piece together the connections that brought him into their world.
See it if you're a fan of the actors or enjoy less-naturalistic plays that reach for profundity
Don't see it if you want works that are grounded, with characters whose motivations and being are fully-realized and make sense
See it if you missed the original production, or if you enjoy plays with stylized dialogue & plenty of asides to the audience.
Don't see it if you're bothered by the unnatural approach to dialogue mentioned above. It seemed very dated, pretentious & hokey to me.
See it if Haven't seen this much Full Frontal Male Nudity since TAKE ME OUT. Seemed a bit gratuitous as did most of the direction. Great cast tho.
Don't see it if Closes Sun. so unless U're willing to see this year's John Guare revival NOW U can always wait for next year's pick? Mostly for Art-lovers.
See it if you want to see Allison Janney onstage. She is superb, making her pauses count as much as her lines.
Don't see it if you would prefer to see her in a better play. What seemed fresh and insightful in 1990 now seems glib and shallow.
See it if You have never seen Allison Janney on stage and/or if you like B'way seats with leg room. Other than that ... not much more good to say.
Don't see it if you're offended my male frontal nudity that is more than needed. Or if you don't like actors playing caricatures of spoiled rich kids.
See it if You want an excellent performance from Hawkins, a decent time at the theater, to hear a lot of ideologies told to you (not in a bad way)
Don't see it if You want a stellar all star cast, a show that knows its tone, need some production value, or a consistent pace (this was a long 1.5 hours)
See it if you want to catch a worthy Tony-nominated performance by Corey Hawkins), and are thrilled to be in the same rarefied air as Allison Janney.
Don't see it if a campy take on this dramatic storyline will leave you wondering "why so silly an approach?" (as was my takeaway), or if full nudity offends
See it if you're already a fan of the play
Don't see it if you have a hard time sympathizing with the super rich, or a character that you hear about more than actually hear in reality
See it if You are not a musical fan. The acting was ok, but the story was not enough to keep me attentive.
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or do not want to see naked people on stage.
See it if you enjoy good writing (even if a little old), and if you like strong, dramatic acting
Don't see it if you like shows that stay fresh and resonant (this one has not aged too well)
See it if If you are an Allison Janney fan.
Don't see it if you are expecting subtlety. The director doesn't trust the audience and offers up farce and some broad overplaying by minor characters.
See it if you love Allison Janney (though she didn't do much with the role) or you dislike musicals and have seen all the good comedy-dramas playing.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy hearing lots of laughter when you think something isn't particularly funny.
See it if you like the playwright
Don't see it if you expect it to be still relevant, don't understand that it's a period piece and that racial and gender issues have changed in 30 years
See it if Catch it for Hawkins' mesmerizing performance alone. Otherwise, it's oddly flat, lifeless & lacking the electricity & magic of the orig .
Don't see it if Self involved white people, gay sex stuff or uninspired direction offend you.
See it if You enjoy thinking about life after watching a show and seeing fantastic actors at work.
Don't see it if You want to see a large array of dynamic characters, not just a slew of halfway developed ones.
See it if You love the play/film and want to see W wonderful performance by Corey Hawkins. You like highly stylized, very wordy plays.
Don't see it if You want a play that is more action-heavy and less talky. You are expecting killer performances by Janney & Hickey.