Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Minutes

From 150 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing, Relevant

About the show

Steppenwolf Theatre‎’s production of a new dark comedy from Pulitzer-winning playwright Tracy Letts comes to Broadway. Directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro. More…

From the show:

A town’s proud history, the legend of a local hero, the coveted privilege of reserved parking: nothing is sacred during the town council meeting at the heart of 'The Minutes.' This razor-sharp comedy turns from comic to chilling as petty policy matters give way to the truth roiling just beneath the surface of the town’s historical mythology.

1h 30m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (150)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing, Relevant
Avg Score

Ambitious, Quirky, Clever

See it if If you like Tracy Letts and/or political satire

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy surprise and crazy endings to a show

Also A shocking and surprise ending that some might find disturbing. But it... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Clever

See it if The acting and character development were great. Very resonant with our times. The twist was shocking! Truly nothing was as it seems.

Don't see it if You can’t follow fast paced dialogue and want light fluff!!

During previews
Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're a fan of at least of one of the great actors.

Don't see it if The story is banal and slow with a twist of the ridiculous/bizarre. Most of the talent is severely underused.

Also A play about a business meeting is already a promise of a boring time.... Read more Read less

During previews
Well-acted, Thought-provoking, Boring, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You find business meetings enjoyable or like political plays. I enjoyed the last 15 minutes or so & could appreciate the message.

Don't see it if I found the first hour to be very slow, dry & boring. It felt like I was sitting on just an average business meeting.

Also I think I would have liked it better if it were maybe 70 minutes. Also... Read more Read less

During previews
Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like funny contemporary stories about slice of life America/American politics that take many unexpected twists and turns. Good acting.

Don't see it if Your looking for something fluffy. This is funny but it still manages to send a message a pack a punch.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy gentle satire that turns into something quite frightening and poignant, plays that comment on current political scene, funny perfs

Don't see it if Don’t like one act plays, satire, politically-relevant plays, stories that tear at the heart of who we are & what we are capable of doing

During previews
Farce involving small town city counsel morphs into surreal indictment of brutal behavior of those in power; political equivalent of letts' "august osage mountain"

See it if scenes re crimes of establishment will rip your head off; those underscoring fatuousness of polit deliberation hilarious; strong script/cast

Don't see it if members of City Council are cartoonishly hapless; needs stronger link between 1st half farce & 2nd half indictment

Also I think there's a link between 1st half farce & 2nd half jeremiad. Man... Read more Read less

During previews
Nice set, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of Tracy Letts (I am!) and want to see all his work. Excellent cast, although maybe too many characters, it was entertaining.

Don't see it if It is worth seeing. Although not the first thing I'd recommend to an out of town visitor wanting to see NYC theater.

Also The tone of this play kept reminding me of Miles for Mary by The Mad O... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You’d love what’s basically an extended Parks & Recreation episode with a poignant and vital, but rather unexpected, message.

Don't see it if You dislike socio-political plays that brand everyone as hypocrites.

During previews
Very good beginning. very bad end.

See it if You are a Tracy Letts fan and appreciate a very good cast.

Don't see it if You want a good play that pays off.

During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Resonant, Good acting

See it if you are a Tracy Letts fan and don't mind seeing something that is less than his best. You are a fan of very surprising endings.

Don't see it if you want a more cohesive play which has an ending that is satisfactory; one which can decide whether it is a drama, comedy, or a horror show

Also As they said in the commercials for this show, "nothing is what it see... Read more Read less

During previews
Overblown, Surprising and suspenseful (especially the finale), Great cast but oftentimes wasted, Fast-paced, Uneven, sometimes messy story-telling and writing

See it if you are a fan of anyone in the cast, must see all Tracy Letts works, and/or like dark comedies where things get stranger by the minute.

Don't see it if you need a play that’s more compelling than the sum of its cast, which often feels wasted, or a sleight-of-hand shift in the final moments.

Also The Minutes is initially absorbing, set in a small-Town Council meetin... Read more Read less

During previews
Strong cast, It's message jumps the shark, Loved the first 80%

See it if you want wonderfully characters in a town hall meeting. You love Tracy Letts writing. Outstanding cast of Mueller, Pendleton & Hammer!

Don't see it if If you want to see a left turn and the whole cast jump the shark for the end. It was not my cup of tea. But I thoroughly enjoyed the build.

During previews
Fluffy, Banal, Disappointing

See it if enjoy ensemble pieces that straddle between funny and serious

Don't see it if want substance. this didn't know if it wanted to be serious or fluffy. too much attempt at humor and then the serious felt like an add on

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a stellar cast of actors share a story of politics and politicians with humor and drama. History is a verb.

Don't see it if You have no interest in politics and politicians

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Letts' plays and acting. The meeting of a city council in a small town turns into something unexpected. Great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if This is a unique play that is definitely worth your time.

During previews
It's racist?, It's a takeoff on today's administration, It's a low level comedy, It's a tv sitcom

See it if I went because Tracy Lett's voice is so distinct and important. I went because I expected to be enlightened by his views. I went....

Don't see it if Who wrote this show? Who wrote the jokes(?) Who wrote the ending? Why was I there?

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You'll ride the train with Tracy Letts wherever he takes you.

Don't see it if You are looking for a consistent tone and an ending with a satisfying payoff.

Also This one truly fell off a cliff in the last 5 minutes, after a funny, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Minutiae under the microscope, Pedantic, Upending, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if Clever set, clever concept, quirky and incredibly detail-oriented, suspenseful, and temporally elongated

Don't see it if So many characters--so many banal and frustrating moments, just like real meetings, and yet, so much under the surface waiting to spring​

Also No spoilers, but this has a surprising ending, and the woman next to m... Read more Read less

During previews
Riveting, Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if themes of reckoning with American History done with a Gilmore Girls-type small town appeals to you.

Don't see it if you only enjoy naturalistic drama.

During previews
Funny, Confusing, Overrated, Great acting, Banal

See it if You're in the mood for an absurdist farce that indicts the whitewashing of American history. Good acting. A dark version of Parks & Rec.

Don't see it if I didn't feel like there was a real payoff and don't get the hype around the ending. It doesn't say much new, and what it has to say is dull

During previews
Dark, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if a fan of Letts or Brown or any among the great cast. Lots of reflexive chuckles—group dynamics are delicious for revealing our true colors.

Don't see it if need cheery or tidy content. This is dark, biting satire & not for the faint of heart or for those loath to ponder personal accountability.

During previews
Relevant, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a stellar cast and love the work of Tracy Letts. The play has some very funny moments and has a chilling message.

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy as the ads might suggest. There are definitely some funny moments but it gets super serious. Acting is just ok.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You’re ok really liking 87 minutes of a 90 minute play, and then horrified and left uncomfortable with the last three minutes. Interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like exposition, need a lot of action, don’t like the performers, or don’t like Tracy Letts. This one lost me at the very end.

Also The last three minutes were ridiculous, gratuitous, and more than a li... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Funny sharp satire with sensational ensemble - especially Austin Pendleton - that starts strong and goes off the rails in the second act

Don't see it if You don’t like political satire and especially react to the skewering of our national myths that surround us &we tell ourselves we believe

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