Straight White Men (Broadway)
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Straight White Men (Broadway)
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Straight White Men (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(316 Ratings)
Positive
68%
Mixed
25%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Disappointing, Relevant

About the Show

Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee takes her comic and ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama to Broadway, in a new production starring Armie Hammer and Josh Charles.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (316)

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1214 Reviews | 486 Followers
93
Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Choppy

See it if You want to see a very funny show that’s also tender and smart and full of good topical insights. Mostly great acting and clever staging.

Don't see it if You can’t overlook a few choppy moments that just don’t seem to flow as smoothly as real life does. Feels slightly forced to make its point.

96 Reviews | 27 Followers
92
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Funny

See it if you like plays with strong characters and relevant dialogue dealing with real issues that poke at real problems.

Don't see it if You can't do straight plays with no intermission. You are left thinking with no definite answers to the questions asked. Reflect on yourself

260 Reviews | 13 Followers
91
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great acting and a thought provoking play that is funny and endearing.

Don't see it if You prefer fluffy inconsequential plays.

232 Reviews | 20 Followers
91
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a fun plot that shows a way of life through great actors.

Don't see it if You prefer drama or musicals.

581 Reviews | 89 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like shows that have you thinking & talking about the issues as you walk out.This one really makes you think about male roles,privilege

Don't see it if you don't like good theatre, don't like to laugh, don't like to think, would rather watch Jersey Shore.Just go see it!!

286 Reviews | 23 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy slice of life shows superbly acted by an ensemble with a lot of chemistry.

Don't see it if You’re bothered by slightly contrived dramatic points.

MJK
677 Reviews | 192 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a fresh, funny & insightful study of human nature, familial bonds, inherent privilege, over/underachievement & masculinity.

Don't see it if you require a tidy & easy resolution to satisfy your experience; liberal guilt prevents you from sympathizing with the titular characters. Read more

150 Reviews | 22 Followers
90
Funny, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy laughing and seeing a very well-written, realistic portrayal of brothers interacting, with deeper family drama.

Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon and don't like to laugh and/or hate loud music b/c there's very very loud rap music playing before the show starts.

Critic Reviews (47)

The New York Times
July 23rd, 2018

"Under Ms. Lee’s direction at the Public, the play was shaggier and, paradoxically, more coherent; something about this knotty material, with its complex point of view and shifting tonalities, benefits from a crude attack. In the current production, I missed the brutality of the final confrontations, which now seem to pass in a haze of tough love. That said, 'Straight White Men' is still an exceedingly odd — and thus welcome — presence on Broadway. It remains undeniably powerful."
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Time Out New York
July 23rd, 2018

"Anna D. Shapiro’s Broadway production feels broader than the one that Lee directed at the Public in 2014, and the performances are somewhat uneven: The cocky Charles and the cryptically recessive Schneider are excellent, whereas Payne still seems to be finding his footing. Hammer, in his stage debut, leans on sincerity a bit heavily but radiates charm, which goes a long way...She may poke fun at these guys as they poke at each other, but Lee is not dismissive."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 23rd, 2018

"It’s nuanced, curious, and compassionate. That’s not to say it’s comfortable—Lee’s sense of mischief and her expert control of tension are still at play—but it is, in its bones, gentle...For all its clear-eyed examination of certain kinds of meanness—the most insidious of which look a lot like caring—'Straight White Men' isn’t a mean play, and that feels like one of the most important things about it right now."
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New Yorker
August 3rd, 2018

"'Straight White Men' is such a great title for a show that it momentarily blinds you to the fact that there’s no real script to support it...Rigged to make audience members feel hep, because they get to give a thumbs-down to some straight white men in a political climate that is increasingly critical of all three of those designations...Not only does it not exhibit any of the humor, recklessness, and passion of Lee’s previous work; it refutes those things...Shallow, soporific, and all about itself."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 26th, 2018

"The play isn’t any good, though that won’t matter, since it fulfills the first condition of success on Broadway: It tells the members of the audience what they want to hear, and nothing else...Lee affects to sympathize with her pitiful straight white men but in fact gives the impression of regarding them with smug contempt, an impression reinforced by the inch-deep shallowness of her satirical strokes...Trails off into vagueness without ever landing any decisive hits on its putative target."
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Deadline
July 23rd, 2018

"Young Jean Lee’s delicate balance of a play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro with a more sensitive understanding of character than pace, brings together three adult brothers and their widowed dad...Too clever by half? Too clever by three? If you think so, then you, too, might have trouble figuring out exactly when and how these 40-ish brothers spent their decades-ago childhoods pondering social inequities that seem taken from today’s headlines...Other details and stage decisions nag as well."
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Variety
July 23rd, 2018

"In 'Straight White Men,' Young Jean Lee’s cutting but deeply humane satire about straight white male privilege and pain, Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and, in an especially heart-wrenching performance, Paul Schneider play three brothers with mid-life issues. In director Anna D. Shapiro’s super-smart production...The re-written version of the play seems to have extended and pumped up the fun and games from the original version."
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The Hollywood Reporter
July 23rd, 2018

"'Straight White Men' is great fun for much of its time, but the play falters when it attempts to explore more serious terrain. The playwright doesn't manage to convey successfully what she's trying to say about the expectations that inevitably accompany privilege...Nonetheless, the evening succeeds to a large degree thanks to the sharply funny comic writing, the impeccable direction by Shapiro and the superb performances of an ensemble who display tremendous chemistry together."
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