The Minutes (Broadway)
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The Minutes (Broadway)
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The Minutes (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(472 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
12%
Negative
4%
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny

A new comedy from Pulitzer and Tony winner Tracy Letts under the direction of Anna D Shapiro

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Show-Score Member Reviews (472)

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56 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Clever, Leaves you thinking, Captivating, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Wow. You’ll be thinking about this one long after it’s over. If you like a play that builds suspense and gets into your soul, this is it.

Don't see it if You want a light hearted comedy or a musical.

61 Reviews | 21 Followers
100
Entertaining, Edgy, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if It was funny and I liked the message.

Don't see it if .

57 Reviews | 14 Followers
100
Edge-of-seat, Relevant, Fantastic

See it if A thrilling, gripping play (the tension is masterfully built) featuring once-in-a-lifetime performances by fantastic actors.

Don't see it if There's no reason for any theater lover.

551 Reviews | 284 Followers
100
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great ensemble acting coupled with great staging. Thought-provoking about the fragile state of our democracy.

Don't see it if you do not like intelligent theatre.

101 Reviews | 16 Followers
100
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Courageous

See it if you like to think. This play is pleasantly surprising

Don't see it if you believe that your entitlement trumps other people's rights

104 Reviews | 37 Followers
100
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy intense, complex theatre

Don't see it if You want something lighter or more traditional.

142 Reviews | 19 Followers
97
Minute men.

See it if you like non-stop, laugh-out-loud comedies...and in-your-face, ultra-bizarre endings.

Don't see it if radical tonal shifts--of the kind on display here--aren't to your liking. Read more

89 Reviews | 37 Followers
97
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like drama that makes you think, not a passive experience, politically rooted and engaging experience. Spare staging great writing.

Don't see it if If you want spectacle this isn’t that, funny moments but deals with deep issues of politics, government and race. Thoughtful and provocativ.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
April 17th, 2022

"Ultimately, I came to feel that if it is the theater’s main business to mirror who we are — to act, like the minutes of a meeting, as an absolute record of what we say and how we behave — then “The Minutes” does what a play aimed mostly at white people must. It shows us how we are starting to understand, but still mostly failing to accept, that our privileges are tied to a history of denying them to others. "
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New York Theatre Guide
April 17th, 2022

"In its revealing quarter-hour, the play is packaged to provoke and get you buzzing just like that electrical grid. Some may count what 'The Minutes' has up its sleeve as worthy of an OMG. Others – myself included – might mutter, 'Oh, brother.'"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 17th, 2022

"Letts has important issues on his mind, so I’m sorry I couldn’t follow him as he goes more fully into them. As he did in 'August: Osage County,' he wants to deal with the state’s foundational sin — the wholesale slaughter of Native Americans. In that play, the house (synecdoche for the country) has a literal Indian in the attic, and the housekeeper character Johnna only reminds and presides. But in 'The Minutes,' Letts isn’t content simply to point at history: He wants to impart its horror. This tonal shift requires a huge stylistic swing, and 'The Minutes' — so fine and deft and wicked for its first 60 minutes — can’t take it."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 19th, 2022

"It raises abiding questions both topical and troubling. What to do when accepted history is called into question, and cherished myths about the past are shown to be, well, precisely that—more wishful fiction than complex and potentially disturbing fact? And who bears the wounds when uncomfortable truths are swept under the carpet, and who reaps the spoils?"
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Deadline
April 17th, 2022

"It’s also fair to see, without giving away a truly disturbing ending, that 'The Minutes' lifts itself from a satire of mundane corruption and small-town secrecy to something like an indictment of the very notion of America’s self-perception. The lightning flashes and booms of thunder that occur throughout the play – the lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt, sound design and original music by André Pluess – serve to illuminate and disguise, as needed, lending 'The Minutes' an unsettling, eerie and ominous mood from the get-go."
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Variety
April 17th, 2022

"'The Minutes' is both a political comedy and a wicked, methodically plotted horror show, not unlike American democracy and its original sins. The play’s razor-sharp edge is all the more cutting for being polished with easy wit, like tickling a captive before releasing the guillotine."
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Theatermania
April 17th, 2022

"I suspect that Letts's heart is in the right place, and that he is honestly interested in telling an important truth from a Broadway stage: This is a country built on top of conquered lands formerly occupied by the victims of bloodiest and most sustained genocide in recorded history. Nothing can ever undo that, and replacing the Pledge of Allegiance with a land acknowledgement is a poor form of reparations."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 25th, 2022

Even given its considerable sting, The Minutes is, I think, a minor Letts work, lacking the epic family dysfunctions of August: Osage County or the richly developed characters of Linda Vista. But there's little doubt that when it comes to presenting a clarifying vision of our confused and fractious present, he has few, if any, peers. Here, he offers a warning to keep you up at night: The myths by which we live are a powerful source of meaning; they also kill.
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