Following rave reviews in London, David Hare's drama about an amorous and unstable reunion of two former lovers comes to Broadway, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy. More…
On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her one-time boss and former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur. Kyra had walked out on Tom years earlier, when Tom's wife discovered their relationship. Now, Tom's wife is dead and he has returned to settle unfinished business. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
See it if you like Hare. The script is ludicrous. It's ok to have the affair as long as the wife doesn't know...really? Too many plot holes.
Don't see it if you're expecting the best of Nighy. His schtick was distracting. Mulligan fared better. I'm sick of old men getting young beautiful women.
See it if You like slower paced character driven pieces where not a lot really happens but there is lots of talking.
Don't see it if You have a short attention span or dislike slow paced shows.
See it if The first scene with Matthew Beard was excellent. He's an impressive young actor. Bill Nighy was a bundle of distracting tics.
Don't see it if You don't want to listen to an annoying somewhat unpleasant couple argue about old times.
See it if Stephen Daldry is the director. He is one of the best director on both sides of the pond.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about relationships.
See it if you appreciate a well-crafted story with great acting
Don't see it if you are looking for flash / you are uncomfortable with the May/Decemberest of inappropriate relationships.
See it if You are a Cary Mulligan/Bill Nighy fan and enjoy talky plays that don't have much action
Don't see it if you don't feel like paying a LOT for a play that would be better suited to a smaller off-Broadway setting
See it if you want an intelligent story about relationships & enjoy quick, fast paced, & witty dialogue. It's also outstanding writing & acting.
Don't see it if You dislike the topics of money or class, you're looking for a spectacle, or dislike monologues.
See it if For the cast and writing. I love Nighy and Mulligan, but Matthew Beard has proven to be someone new to watch for. Well rounded characters.
Don't see it if You're made uncomfortable by their relationship. You're looking for something lighter.
See it if you want a masterclass in acting from these brilliant performers. Also, a superb acting feat. Simple and lovely.
Don't see it if plays bore you. Especially small cast plays.
See it if you want to see masterful acting and writing in a multi award winning show
Don't see it if you need a lot of action on stage. This is a play about telling a story of lost love.
See it if you're a fan of the lead actors, enjoy serious/weighty plays, are intrigued by relationships in turmoil
Don't see it if you want something lighthearted and pain-free
See it if you want a fascinating political discourse disguised as a romantic drama in a subtly directed piece with a luminous Carey Mulligan.
Don't see it if discussions of money, class and society are not of your interests.
See it if You enjoy great acting, great writing and a compelling story about the effects of a misguided relationship.
Don't see it if A story concerning a much older man and a younger woman trying to make sense of a complicated previous relationship would turn you off.
See it if you enjoy masterfully-executed plays.
Don't see it if you err on the conservative side of class warfare, modern politics don't hold your interest, or you need your relationships simple.