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The Father (MTC Broadway)

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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. More…

A fascinating look inside the mind of André, a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch? 'The Father' is an unguarded story about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience, and the way child-parent relationships become inverted as old age creeps up.


Member Reviews (325)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent
85
Avg Score

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant

See it if You're a Frank Langella fan. He never disappoints.

Don't see it if You just can't stand one more show about Alzheimer's/Dementia.

85
Dizzying, Great acting, Edgy, Epic, Great writing

See it if Frank Langella is epic, great actor here. The plot keeps you moving, great direction, staging. The play is engrossing from beginning to end

Don't see it if If you don't like deep theater with a deep story.

95
Intense, Great acting, Resonant, Clever, Profound

See it if You are interested in a touching and insightful play about dementia, aging, and the choices and limits of caregiving.

Don't see it if The topic is too sensitive for you, or you will be thrown off by the writer's tricks to make the audience feel the protagonist's confusion.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Original

See it if Langella has to on the list all time best Actors. It is a must for anyone who has kin with dementia problems

Don't see it if If you do not enjoysome thinking and questioner about life.. Not for those who only want to see dancing and singing

90
Great acting, especially by frank langella, Confusing by design, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want amazing acting. You want brilliant structure that brings the audience a view of the devastating effects of dementia.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional structure where the plot is clearly defined on stage. You don't like not having all the answers until the end.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you're looking for a remarkable lead performance (it doesn't get better than Frank Langella), or are looking for a show with weight.

Don't see it if you're easily confused by a nonlinear narrative.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You love Frank Langella and/or plays about Alzheimer's (this one is different and quite good).

Don't see it if You want to see a more uplifting piece.

94
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You do not want to miss a masterful performance about a brilliant, vibrant man fading into darkness and its effect on those who love him.

Don't see it if You are confused by theater that is bordering on the abstract and you have to imagine and let go of reality at times.

88
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Excruciating, Edgy

See it if you love watching a brilliant actor at his best; you want insight into the ravages of dementia on the afflicted and those around him

Don't see it if you prefer light theater and linear thinking; you prefer happy endings; you are sensitive to flashing lights or loud music at scene changes.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

See it if You want something thought provoking on broadway. I normally don't like stuff on Broadway but this was very good.

Don't see it if If you get sad but a touchy subject. The staging was incredible.

50
Maudlin mawkish manipulative

See it if Deliberately confusing portrayal of the patient's dementia is......confusing. Tugging at our heartstrings at the end was really shameless.

Don't see it if Best part was the quick set changes. Langella was much better in "Match" in 2004. The audience gasped in that one too at Ray Liotta's abuse

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.

83
Interesting, Original, Intense, Great acting

See it if you are interested in aging issues and would enjoy an experiencial understanding of Alzheimer disease.

Don't see it if you prefer sequential and easy to follow stories.

86
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Frank Langella You want a theatrical experience simulating the confusion of dementia

Don't see it if You want to avoid the sad topic of dementia. You don't like ambiguity and confusion.

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Excruciating, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love the opportunity to see the GREAT Frank Langella in a moving performance

Don't see it if you are not fond of Katherine Erbe, she won't disappoint, and the strobe effect was jarring and too repetitive

87
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Frank langella is amazing just his performance is a must see.

Don't see it if you don't like emotional play

95
Absorbing, Chilling, Thought-provoking, Brilliant performance

See it if Attended opening night. Langella's performance is riveting and terrifying. You feel inside his head. Heartbreaking strength.

Don't see it if You have an ostrich approach to aging, shy away from raw emotion.

87
Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Frank langella earned his tony, Intense

See it if you want a glimpse into what it must like to suffer from dementia. A clever script told from a patient's perspective.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy. This was an intense piece that needs a Frank Langella caliber actor to pull it off.

Also This script was at times confusing and hard to follow, but with good r... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You appreciate the talents of one of our great actors,Frank Langella. His performance is outstanding.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter subject matter. The story of a man who is deteriorating from dementia may not be for everyone.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you are a fan of Frank Langella & a great heartfelt drama realistically themed/viewed (inside the mind) of one with dementia.

Don't see it if are looking for a light hearted play or comedy. Or if you have issues with dementia/Alzheimer's

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

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are looking for a poignant and devastating portrait of a man with a degenerative disease and his struggle to understand his place.

Don't see it if Seeing a man's descent into dementia may be too hard to watch for you.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if Frank Langella. Kathryn Erbe. Hannah Cabell. Doug Hughes.

Don't see it if Seeing life experiences that might hit close to home (parent, grandparent experiencing dementia or Alzheimers may be distressing

83
Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you would like an intimate portrait of the suffering and disorientation caused by degenerative dementia; heartbreaking, well-acted

Don't see it if intentionally unsettling storyline and subject matter is too disturbing to you or hits too close to home, or looking for light entertainment

53
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like to tell people that you saw a serious Broadway play that the critics ate up. OR - if you just can't get enough of Alzheimer's plays

Don't see it if You're not satisfied with a one-trick-pony show or with seeing one worthwhile performance and need some plot or at least good dialogue.


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 th...
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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 th...
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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 acr...
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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 Ze...
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