After hit runs in London and Off-Broadway, National Theatre's production, which traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single immigrant family, moves to Broadway. (past reviews) More…
From the show:
From the arrival of three brothers from Bavaria to America in search of a new life to the collapse of the firm they established, triggering the largest financial crisis in history, the story of the Lehman Brothers serves as a parable of the shifting definition of the American dream. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles reprise their portrayals of the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons spanning nearly two centuries and told in three parts on a single evening.
See it if You want to see a theatrical masterpiece. Amazing staging only accentuates superb acting and writing. Smart. Heartfelt. Tender. Stunning!!!
Don't see it if I can’t think of any reason why anyone would not like this show.
See it if you want to see an innovatively staged production in which you learn about the Lehman brothers and their descendants over 150+ years.
Don't see it if you want a concise, entertaining play. This show has a lot of narration and sometimes feels like a well-produced history lesson.
See it if you don't want to miss three magnificent actors in an absolutely brilliant staging of a riveting true story! Impossible to overpraise!
Don't see it if you are so allergic to a long evening in the theater that you don't care how brilliant it is!
See it if A superb play on real life tragedy w Simon Russell Beale (Henry Lehman), Adam Godley (Mayer) & Ben Miles (Emmanuel) playing many others.
Don't see it if you'd dislike 3+ hr. play, 3 amazing character actors embody 3 Lehman bros, their wives & partners, families & businesses & times or Tragedy
See it if You want to see a great play with amazing performances. You want to know more about the history of the 2008 crash through the family story.
Don't see it if You don't like family stories. You don't like 3 actors playing multiple characters. You can't sit through over 3 hours of straight play.
See it if You like great actors. Godley, Miles, and Beale are pretty masterful. The narrative and staging are very effective too. Length is no issue.
Don't see it if Presents a romantic view of the journey of the brothers, that is criticized, but some may feel not enough. Not for children. Sound of gun.
Also A vast number of my points went to acting.
See it if You like intelligent, clever writing, great actors and an imaginative set. All about excellence. Loved it!
Don't see it if You enjoy silly theatre or are accustomed to the banal. You don’t have any visual imagination and need to be visually overwhelmed by “stuff”
See it if You appreciate dramatic actors who excel at their craft. These 3 perform on stage and captivate with their storytelling and flexibility.
Don't see it if You have a short attention span as the show is 3 hours 15 minutes, however it does have 2 intermissions.
See it if you love documentaries. Shows the lives of the Lehman Brothers. Great acting but I'd prefer reading a book if I wanted to know the story.
Don't see it if you are bored by documentaries. The show is 3 hours and 20 minutes long. IMO, great acting is not enough to save the show.
See it if You enjoy documentary style theatre with lots of narration and great performances from actors at the top of their craft.
Don't see it if You can’t sit through a long show that sort of starts to all blend together after a bit.