Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

The Normal Heart

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Profound

About the show

This revival of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the AIDS epidemic won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2011 as well as having John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin win Tony Awards. More…

Larry Kramer's landmark play about love, AIDS and New York in the 1980s chronicles the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.

2h 30m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (28)


Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Profound
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if masterful performances. Powerful. Moving. Touching. Intelligent. Empowering.

Don't see it if you don't like theater.

Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Original

See it if You want to see one of the first plays about AIDS.

Don't see it if You're not interested in gay history whatsoever.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Great cast in a play that is relevant as both history and current events. Deeply moving.

Don't see it if The idea of a play about gay themes offends you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to be moved, humored, enraged, and everything in between when you go to the theater. This is the best play I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you must have Joe Mantello & Ellen Barkin's brilliance. I feel you, but see it even if they aren't in your production. A revelatory show.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Insipid, Thought-provoking

See it if Saw off and on Bway. Groundbreaking for its time. Still relevant and eye opening. It should have been seen by Ronald Reagan.

Don't see it if You had (have) your head in the sand about the AIDS epidemic and how it tore apart our country.

Dated, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to see a compassionate show about gay life in the 80s, you want to be angry about the AIDS crisis, you're interested in AIDS.

Don't see it if you want a happy show.

Resonant, Masterful, Must see, Timeless, Important

See it if you have a pulse. This is essential theater. Powerful, deeply inspiring, absolutely devastating & always, always relevant.

Don't see it if you're looking to sit back & take in a light, fluffy show. This is show that deals with AIDS & death. It's brutal but necessary.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Msu college production: coger theater, Dir. by dr. mike mcelhaney

See it if NOT the Broadway version, but a powerful play even in the hands of students. I knew the whole cast & spent most of it crying my eyes out.

Don't see it if Well if U are homophobic then a show about gay men fighting the govt. over HIV meds could be uncomfortable. Live with the discomfort, SEE IT

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Difficult to watch, Very sad

See it if You care about the play's subject and appreciate revolutionary theater - not in the form or storytelling, but in its energy & attitude.

Don't see it if You can't handle the difficult, extremely sad subject matter.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if You want to understand the embarrassing way a society treated an epidemic that destroyed a community

Don't see it if You don't want to open ur minds to the LGBT community and it's history with this country

Also This is a must see play. Devastating in so many ways especially if u r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in serious plays that are genuine and meaningful.

Don't see it if you are interested in something light, amusing, or fluffy.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a powerful and moving show that is still relevant today.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or do not have a heart.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see a difficult, thought provoking portrait of the AIDS epidemic in America and those who were brave enough to fight.

Don't see it if You can't handle the subject matter or the emotional upheaval. Dark but necessary.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy shows that haven't lost their power one bit. It's in-your-face message at the dawn of AIDS is as essential now as ever. Must-see.

Don't see it if You are intolerant, or are afraid of being challenged or lectured to in the theater.

Exquisite, Superb, daunting

See it if some of the best acting on Broadway ! A story that needed to be told in a careful, honest way

Don't see it if you're at all closed minded or uncomfortable with a gay or AIDS theme

Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy great writing and a wonderful tribe of actors. It tells a wonderful story about a piece of history that is often overlooked.

Don't see it if You are offended my same sex content, or still have strong feelings against the AIDS epidemic for any reason.

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Profound

See it if you love non-musical plays, plays dealing with AIDS in America in the 1980s, great acting, and a script the burns with fiery passion.

Don't see it if you only like musicals, dislike polemic works, aren't interested in work dealing with AIDS, are averse to shows dealing w/the gay experience

Also Very powerful to meet Larry Kramer after the production as he personal... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if you are a fan of beautiful writing that is culturally important.

Don't see it if homosexual themes make you uncomfortable. Also, if you saw the production at the Public you may not enjoy this production as much (like me.)

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a show with a message.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in heavy subject matter.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You're interested in a brilliantly written play exploring a huge part of our recent history

Don't see it if You're not up for an intense and emotional experience

Great acting, Edgy, Relevant, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to experience a relevant, gut-wrenching story

Don't see it if You want a light-hearted evening out

Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Refreshing

See it if Larry Kramer is an American hero, and this show was one of the great theater going experiences I've been privileged to witness. Amazing cast

Don't see it if Serious subject.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a social issue on stage.

Don't see it if You don't have feeling.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you're looking for the clearest, strongest tragedy of our time, with the best assembled cast in recent memory.

Don't see it if you feel assaulted by social commentary or don't do well with shattering plays.

Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Resonant

See it if you've been touched by the Plague.

Don't see it if you're pain from being touched by the Plague has not begun to heal.

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