The Great Society
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The Great Society
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The Great Society NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(284 Ratings)
Positive
77%
Mixed
17%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

Emmy winner Brian Cox stars as Lyndon B. Johnson in this companion piece to the Tony-winning "All The Way," which depicts the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (284)

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120 Reviews | 10 Followers
83
Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in learning more about LBJ & that time in politics. Interesting set. I ended up liking it more that I anticipated

Don't see it if You prefer a high energy story or have no interest in the storyline

311 Reviews | 45 Followers
83
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You’re ready for a very big play featuring LBJ’s ambition for a Great Society & thwarted by the tragedy of the Vietnam Wat

Don't see it if Lots of characters, plots & sub plots exhaust you. Lots of loud voices

305 Reviews | 39 Followers
82
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like historical plays and are interested in the LBJ era. Very well acted and cleverly staged. Fast paced but too long.

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays with large casts and historical subject matter and many plot lines.

601 Reviews | 285 Followers
82
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if U wish to fathom deeper the legacy & problems some towering political figures of the 60s had to face. Great acting,writing and direction.*

Don't see it if Expect more abt LBJ's personality rather than facts. Brian Cox is brilliant but would be even more convincing with a pronounced TEXAN drawl Read more

416 Reviews | 190 Followers
81
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in LBJ, the events during the Vietnam War, and the beginning of the Civil Rights Era. As a Baby Boomer I enjoyed it.

Don't see it if You dislike political plays, and have no interest to learn about the U. S. struggles in the 1960’s to set the world straight. Read more

214 Reviews | 28 Followers
81
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to watch a solid cast, led by Brian Cox. Or if you enjoyed "All the Way." Impactful storytelling, with some very powerful moments.

Don't see it if you're looking for a broader context for the storytelling. It's very much through the LBJ lens and MLK Jr's death is almost an afterthought.

104 Reviews | 20 Followers
81
Intelligent, Absorbing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you enjoy history from the 60s. Good acting,well staged. It’s a bit confusing but if you pay attention you will get it

Don't see it if It’s to long and sometimes confused you have to be in the mood for this play

761 Reviews | 167 Followers
81
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like American history, want to know more about LBJ or follow up "All the Way," fan of Brian Cox, recall that period or lived through it

Don't see it if you don't like hectic history, characters not given chance to develop, too many events off stage, don't care about that time period

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
October 1st, 2019

"In ‘The Great Society,’ Another Presidential Nightmare: Brian Cox plays Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of his powers, when history decided to bring him down."
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Time Out New York
October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "Brian Cox plays a weakened LBJ in Robert Schenkkan's Broadway sequel to 'All the Way'"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 1st, 2019

"The Great-Man Theory of 'The Great Society'"
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The Wall Street Journal
October 2nd, 2019

"A Most Complicated History: Playwright Robert Schenkkan sees his play as ‘the origin story for our present political crisis.’ Luckily, the drama is more nuanced than that."
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Deadline
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ Broadway Review: LBJ Meets His Match – Again – As Brian Cox Picks Up Where Bryan Cranston Left Off"
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New York Daily News
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ has lots of history, not enough bite in play about LBJ’s last years as president"
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Variety
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ Starring Brian Cox: Cox plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s political drama about the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 1st, 2019

"Brian Cox stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the continuation of playwright Robert Schenkkan's sprawling account of the tumultuous 36th U.S. presidency that began with 'All the Way.'"
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