Tony and two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic portrait of hope and disillusionment. More…
At Harry Hope’s saloon, the biannual visit of charismatic traveling salesman Hickey (Washington) is cause for celebration. But when a newly sober Hickey arrives, his renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends, leading to a series of devastatingly comic and heartbreaking events. This epic 18-character drama is directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe ('Shuffle Along,' 'Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk,''Angels in America.')
See it if you want to see a modern American classic directed by one of Bway's most accomplished directors & performed by a stellar ensemble cast.
Don't see it if you'll be daunted by the 4-hr length (cut down from O'Neill's original 5-hrs); you're only in it for Denzel; you expect a definitive revival
See it if Wolfe brilliantly humanizes/brings out humor; sets/lighting turn scenes into virtual paintings; best Bdway ensemble w fine Denzel as lead
Don't see it if at 4 hours play is overlong & repetitious; 2nd act/party scene could be omitted/truncated
See it if You love classic O’Neill plays despite their length & wordiness, or you’re a theatre lover who’s wanted to check this play off the list.
Don't see it if You’re just going for Denzel. He’s very good, but this isn’t an end-all-be-all role for him, & you’ll likely tire of the four-hour slog.
See it if you appreciate O'Neill's storytelling and character portrayals. The book is brilliant. Large cast with most actors at the top of their game
Don't see it if you are going for the star power alone. This is a long, meaty play with four hours of talking to focus on - at times difficult to hear.
See it if You are an O'Neill fan and want to see a great ensemble cast led by a dynamic Denzel Washington. David Morse as the fading anarchist.
Don't see it if You cannot sit through 4 hours of conversation. Only want to see Denzel on stage. Do not know anything about Eugene O'Neill and his life.
See it if you love O'Neill and Denzel and a powerful ensemble cast, with a great set.
Don't see it if you want female characters who aren't prostitutes or mindless saints, you have a problem with 3.5 hours, and you don't like being depressed.
See it if Denzel makes the show worth watching. It begins sleepy until he enters ~45 mins in, then the stage is lit! About facing the reality of life.
Don't see it if You want to live in denial with your shortcomings. Can't sit for almost 4 hours (2 intermissions + 1 break). Don't care for Denzel.
Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40.
See it if You feel like you have to see this classic O'Neill play or anything that is Tony nominated.
Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a 4-hour show with a meandering script with way too many characters to follow and little payoff
See it if Best thing about the show was the audience-gorgeous people excited and dressed to the nines. The play had some great moments, but...
Don't see it if Too much shouting--too much staginess-although some great performances. The surprise ending was too foreshadowed.
See it if You want to see an all-star cast blend seamlesslessly into an ensemble. This is a long show, that demands attention, but is worth it. Great.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a short show, a fun show, or something light and breezy. This show shows it’s age, but does not feel dated. Spectacular.
See it if Excellent revival with exceptional ensemble in very long (4hours) O’Neill play; outstanding Denzel Washington
Don't see it if This is repetitive O’Neill about desperation set in a dive bar & the lies we tell ourselves to survive- bleak, long and not for fainthearted
See it if you want to see Denzel Washington be as incredible as you would expect. The show was absolutely gripping and left me thinking for hours.
Don't see it if you can't get through the slow first 50 minutes before Denzel shows up. If suicide or depression are triggers one should not see this.
See it if Talented supporting cast surrounds the most compelling Hickey in the past 30 years in Washington
Don't see it if Uncomfortable Jacobs Theatre will make you want to head for exit before 3 hour 45 minute epic is over miss out on clearest 4th act ever
See it if you love Denzel or Eugene O'Neill. The other cast members are an impressive group, as well. The show is nicely staged overall. Worthwhile.
Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 4 hours of sad, depressing and unfortunately, often hard to hear/understand dialogue. It is definitely a slog.
See it if you enjoy O'Neill's spiraling, depressive world-view executed with great finesse.
Don't see it if you cannot sit through a heavy, deeply dramatic, four hour non-musical.
See it if You are a fan of Denzel or O'Neill. The play is one of the greats of American theatre and the cast does a good job
Don't see it if you are not up to 4 hours of talking
See it if You enjoy plays with great acting or love Denzel Washington.
Don't see it if You need a lot of action or a very easy to follow plot. Can’t sit through a nearly 4 hour play.
See it if for Denzel. That's probably why you are going anyway right? I'm glad I saw it but wasn't blown away by the direction.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a very slow 4 hour show. It's a lot, but the last act is actually the best part.
See it if You are an unqualified O’Neill or Washington fan.
Don't see it if You are intimidated by a four hour production with the actors using different accents whose speech is often indecipherable.
See it if You like the classics with power performances. They deserve the buzz.
Don't see it if you want fresh ideas for a 21c sensibility. Sexism and racism cringeworthy but real. Maybe we should confront...for four late hours? Ugh.
See it if Excellent production of a classic O'Neill play. Gloriously directed & designed, and acted by a great ensemble lead by Mr. Washington.
Don't see it if You don't like plays by Eugene O'Neill.