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Members say: Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Clever

About the show

Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic rapid-fire comedy about the newspaper business is revived on Broadway with all an-star cast including two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane, John Slattery, and John Goodman. More…

The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers. Costarring Tony winners Robert Morse and Jefferson Mays, and Tony nominees Holland Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott.

2h 45m | Already closed | Broadhurst Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (582)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Dated, Clever
77
Avg Score

91
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Clever

See it if you like old movies. This felt like an old movie but with some of the best Broadway stars all on the same stage. Time flew. I loved it.

Don't see it if you have no appreciation for "old school". There's not a lot of gimmicks here, just good (emphasis on good) old fashioned acting.

80
Funny, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if Nathan Lane is masterful. The whole cast is stunning. Tough through Act 1 and you'll enjoy it a lot.

Don't see it if Throwback pieces from the 30's aren't your thing.

77
Funny, Dizzying, Fluffy, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like a funny, campy show. Good acting, very funny. good staging and directing.

Don't see it if if you don't like fast pace comedy.

80
Dizzying, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see masterful direction of a fast-paced comedy.

Don't see it if you're expecting the show to have anything to say. It's an entertaining evening of great performances but it's not a thinker.

81
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Dated, Delightful

See it if You want to see a great cast in a fun, enjoyable production.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You're uncomfortable w/old-fashioned ethnic & gender attitudes.

78
Funny, Great staging, Relevant, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy old/classic plays with big, starry casts and rat-a-tat newsroom comedy.

Don't see it if You find older plays to be dated and only valuable to watch for the productions themselves. N.B., the first act is almost all exposition.

59
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if the acting is good but the show is so ridiculous and dated it just doesn't play well in these times.

Don't see it if This show is not worth seeing. Although the actors are excellent this is not the material to see them in.

Also There are so many better plays to see. Don't bother with this.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Clever, Relevant

See it if Nathan Lane does a star turn, John Slattery is excellent and other well-known actors fill out the cast. Period drama/comedy also uses farce

Don't see it if Plenty of non politically correct language and plot that takes awhile to get started in a play that runs over 2 1/2 hours is not for you.

Also Nathan Lane pretty nearly chews the scenery in this period piece and h... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if You love dramas from the 1920's with an awesome cast. The timing is impeccable with rapid dialogue that is performed flawlessly. Star power

Don't see it if You dislike the 1920's era; Smoking bothers you; You are tired of ensemble casts; You have trouble following fast-paced dialogue

Also Nathan Lane... Read more Read less

82
Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Excellent cast, Entertaining

See it if you are thrilled to have a wonderful distraction from our election season; you like funny, old fashioned comedy with a large, great cast.

Don't see it if you don't like comedy, shtick, or old fashioned revivals; if long shows don't hold your interest.

75
Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Funny

See it if you want to see these actors live (all of the leads provide superb performances), you enjoy classic plays with general humor and farce

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a boring first act, you're looking for something original or a classic play which resonates as timeless

79
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Confusing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy a fast pace, funny show with a lot of things going on and the knowledge that you're probably going to miss something.

Don't see it if You don't like non redeemable characters, casual racism and sexism (that was hard to swallow but accurate for the time so I let it go.)

78
Great cast running around in overstuffed comedy

See it if I love classic three act plays, but this one just misses the mark. The Royal Family on Bway in 2009 was the best. Too many characters here

Don't see it if Lane takes the show but has to fight for laughs amid the clutter. Goodman was so much better in the film Trumbo. Many fine NY actors wasted

78
Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like good acting.However, be warned that most of the stellar cast is woefully underused in this bloated show.Set is great.Lane is a joy

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of screwball, predictable old chestnuts. I think this is a show that could do with some streamlining and updating.

48
Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an array of great known actors who do their best with the material or you are fine with an occasional chuckle

Don't see it if you want to see a well developed plot or a truly funny show.

76
Dated, Great writing, Great staging, Intense, So much star power

See it if you want to see a ton of famous actors in a rarely revived play or if you're interested in the inner workings of newspapers.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for nearly 3 hours. This is broken up with two intermissions but isn't for the restless.

64
Flat, Dated

See it if you want to see a lot of great actors all in one show (performances were uneven) you like broad comedy (usually at the expense of women)

Don't see it if you find stereotypical characters boring.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Overrated, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy great performances by Nathan Lane, Jefferson Mays and John Slattery. The rest of the cast is quite good. Acts 2 & 3 are well done.

Don't see it if hate really poorly directed first acts.

85
Funny, Great acting, Snappy dialogue. period piece

See it if you value rat-a-tat clever dialogue performed by expert farceurs (esp. Lane, Mays, Morse & Micah Stock).

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a 2 hour 45 min. show with an overly long and only sporadically funny 1st act.

Also Picks up after Lane appears near the end of act 2.

79
Funny, Cliched, Entertaining, Dated, Overrated

See it if you enjoy watching a cast of talented actors having great fun at their jobs. Their performances make this watchable.

Don't see it if you need anything remotely original/interesting in your theater-going experience. The material has a few laughs, but little else.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow first act, Star-studded

See it if you love Nathan Lane, old-fashioned comedies, and just need a good laugh in a rainy, depressing January 2016; wonderful performances by all

Don't see it if you don't like long plays (very long 1st act), or would be impatient to see Nathan Lane because he doesn't show up until halfway through

99
Entertaining, Dated, Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see the work of two great masters--MacArthur and Hecht. This is dated, but yet, surprisingly relevant.

Don't see it if A bit of dust on a superior script is bothersome, or if political incorrectness is offensive to you.

Also 1928, Chicago--pre-Depression and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre mon... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you love a classic play performed by a who's who of Broadway stars about the newspaper industry in the 1920's. A trip down memory lane.

Don't see it if you don't like old fashion 3 act comedies about how newspapers reporters performed their jobs and their outlook on life in the 1920's.

70
Funny, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you want to see a all star cast.

Don't see it if you want a musical

90
Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a classic comedy revival starring a potent of superb theater and film actors

Don't see it if You prefer musicals


October 21st, 2016
"Diverting. Pretty darn good. At moments, very funny indeed...But aside from those moments when Lane is all but setting fire to the stage, it is not the stuff of banner headlines...The problem is that in this production the dirt isn’t so much slung as spun, carefully and thoughtfully, so you can ...
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October 20th, 2016
"A 5,000-volt revival...Whipped into a hellacious comic frenzy by one of the best acting ensembles you and I may ever see. Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 evisceration of the newspaper racket is a summit of American screwball comedy...Director Jack O’Brien’s pedal-to-the-metal production i...
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October 21st, 2016
"A top-notch production...The slow build, like the play overall, is a masterpiece of construction, the kind that for a hundred reasons shouldn’t work today, but that under O’Brien’s nervy direction undeniably does...Often thought of as a wit or a clown, Lane is really a time bomb onstage, with no...
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November 7th, 2016
"O’Brien, who utilizes the best of what Broadway has to offer—a big stage, a solid budget, slick production values—has not only created a milieu in which the performers can shine; he allows them the space to establish their characterizations...It takes a director of O’Brien’s skill to keep all th...
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