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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.