The Father (MTC Broadway)
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The Father (MTC Broadway)
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The Father (MTC Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(325 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
7%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

About the Show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of a new play by Florian Zeller about an elderly man dealing with dementia; starring Frank Langella, who won his fourth Tony Award for this performance.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (325)

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127 Reviews | 24 Followers
100
Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Great acting

See it if You want to see a unique and powerful show with masterful acting. You want to see the great Frank Langella do what he does best.

Don't see it if You do not like drama. You are only interested in linear shows that are easy to follow.

69 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You know someone with Alzheimers, you want to see masterful storytelling and incredible acting.

Don't see it if You get upset by uncomfortable themes.

115 Reviews | 47 Followers
100
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like pieces that put you in the head of someone with dementia - like Curious Incident it lets one experience this From this perspective

Don't see it if You like fluffy theatre tHat is easily followed without any concentration

269 Reviews | 181 Followers
100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to witness exquisite acting by Frank Langella, see a dazzling tour de force performance by him, develop compassion for others.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward play that won't demand anything from you.

70 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Original, Relevant

See it if You love great acting. Frank Langella certainly delivers in spades. Also, thought provoking, relevant dramas!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays or don't like upsetting plays.

261 Reviews | 70 Followers
100
Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if Because Frank Langella's performance is astonishing

Don't see it if If you are looking for easy and light entertainment

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146 Reviews | 28 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if You like the genius acting of Frank Langella and his peers. This is a wonderful intriguing play and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You don't want to think or be sad.

570 Reviews | 87 Followers
97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Excruciating

See it if you want an evening of great theatre, superb acting, moving script. This is a master class in acting. Langella is a gift to all of us.

Don't see it if You want a light hearted musical! This is theatre at its finest.

Critic Reviews (43)

The New York Times
April 14th, 2016

"'The Father' offers one of the most disorienting experiences in town. Yet, as directed by Doug Hughes, this production exudes a cool clarity that borders on the clinical....Mr. Langella impressively played King Lear several years ago, but it’s here he nails the rage, pathos and cruelty behind that titanic part...Mr. Langella bravely makes sure that André remains an unsympathetic soul, even as his condition inspires an aching empathy."
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Time Out New York
April 14th, 2016

"The play keeps its audience in a continuous state of disorientation, smudging the lines between reality and misperception...Such theatrical tricks are central to the depiction of André’s crumbling state of mind—more than the dialogue or the characters, who are difficult to know very well. But this production has another special effect in the imposing form of Langella himself...'The Father' may not be deep, but its depiction of André is effective and sad."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 14th, 2016

"Langella gets so close to strip-mining the core of his gifts that you think he may cave in, or that you will. It’s a must-see performance. 'The Father,' though, is only a might-see play, more of a vehicle than a destination...The play defies logic at times...If 'The Father' gets only partway across the ocean on its own steam, Hughes has tugged it near to shore, and Langella docks it every night. What he does to the play is almost as pleasurable and improving as what he does to the audience."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 27th, 2016

"Each scene undermines what had been taken for granted before. We become disoriented, baffled, unable to identify the past or even the present...The dismantling of dramatic reality treats dementia as an intellectual process, not as an emotional one. But Mr. Langella corrects the balance. We cannot help but be caught up in his suspicion, first when he believes 'there is something funny going on,' and finally, searingly, when it isn’t even clear to him to whom it has all been happening."
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Deadline
April 14th, 2016

"I don’t think Alzheimer’s has lost its shock value, especially to a generation dealing with it head-on. But Doug Hughes’ production, with one notable exception, seems slight at 90 intermissionless minutes. The exception, of course, is Langella, giving another master class in felt performance as André regresses — devolves, really — from strong-willed fighter to whimpering babe...It’s a performance of surpassing empathy, and sadness."
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New York Daily News
April 14th, 2016

"A slick but superficial new play...It’s a meaty dramatic gambit, though not ground-breaking...At its best, Zeller’s writing is crisp, darkly humorous and emits a hushed Pinteresque chill. On the down side, the play is so sterile it sidesteps the mess that comes with mental deterioration...Fortunately, though, Langella is forever intriguing."
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Variety
April 14th, 2016

"Zeller’s disturbing drama is a highly personal study of a proud old man’s inexorable mental deterioration that is easy to admire, but quite painful to watch...There’s no real drama to the basic structure of the play, just the ruthless forward movement of one man’s inevitable fate...Langella does a superb job of communicating the conflicted feelings of a man who can’t believe—and won’t accept—the changes in his life...Director Hughes handles the material with sensitivity."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 14th, 2016

"As a visual metaphor for the advancing isolation of an unraveling mind surrendering to dementia, the staging is certainly eloquent. It's matched by the powerful work of Langella, conveying the painful freefall from eroding dignity into infantilized helplessness...But French playwright Florian Zeller's drama is a stubbornly unemotional experience, its approach too cerebral and distancing to achieve the shattering impact that the performances demand."
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