The Parisian Woman
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The Parisian Woman
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The Parisian Woman NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(449 Ratings)
Positive
70%
Mixed
23%
Negative
7%
Members say
Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing

About the Show

Oscar nominee Uma Thurman ('Pulp Fiction,' 'Kill Bill') makes her Broadway debut in a new power play by 'House of Cards' creator Beau Willimon ('Farragut North,' 'Ides of March'). Directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.

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118 Reviews | 9 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy stories about relationships.

Don't see it if you want a political drama. Washington D.C, political scene is the backdrop but the story is rooted in the interpersonal relationships.

144 Reviews | 110 Followers
90
Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like house of cards, this political play on how to get a head in DC iis right for you. Keeping the Donald out of it most of the time!

Don't see it if If gay relationships or stabs at the predictor in chef are troubling to you. (We wouldn’t want you their either!) Read more

77 Reviews | 19 Followers
90
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You want to laught with Modern day trump jokes, if you like a good plot twist

Don't see it if You don’t find trump jokes to be funny, it political views aren’t for you. If martial affairs upset you

65 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Clever, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing Uma Thurman and the talented ensemble interact with some political justice.

Don't see it if you are fed up with socialites and political romps.

80 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if A fan of Uma Thurman. She’s gorgeous in this and gives a great performance.you enjoy political humor targeted at today’s insane environment.

Don't see it if You’re a Trump supporter. If you’re not an Uma Thurman fan.

336 Reviews | 46 Followers
90
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if You enjoy really great comedic theater and great performances, especially that of Uma Thurman

Don't see it if You are not into political humor

139 Reviews | 26 Followers
90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You enjoy drama and intrigue within the political world. Absorbing with a couple of unexpected twists to maintain your interest. Well writte

Don't see it if You dislike drama and the political scene

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy clever political dramas brimming with scandal, intrigue, and betrayal.

Don't see it if You are ultra conservative and not open-minded. This play is unabashedly critical of the current administration.

Critic Reviews (57)

The New York Times
November 30th, 2017

"A collection of every cozy cliché to be mined from the deep catalog of stories about powerful intrigues and human deceit...The setups are unlikely, the payoffs banal. Call it 'Dangerless Liaisons'...Things we need to know are posted baldly in dialogue like a weird Tinder profile. But then nothing in this play — not one line or ginned-up plot turn — feels real. That some of the cast members nevertheless do feel real is a tribute to the great mystery of stage performance."
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Time Out New York
November 30th, 2017

"Willimon seems stymied by his project. A political thriller stuffed into a sex comedy’s dress, the play bulges in all the wrong places. To be fair, it is hard to assess 'The Parisian Woman' on the basis of Pam MacKinnon’s enervated Broadway production...Thurman is a milky dud. She has no chemistry with either the waxy Lucas or any of the other actors; it’s like watching people try to snap their fingers with wet hands...The play totters idly forward without finding sure footing."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 30th, 2017

"In attempting to walk the line between classic sexual intrigue and contemporary political resonance, 'The Parisian Woman' falls flat on both counts, delivering yet another lamely apologetic, latently self-satisfied slog through the worldview of an ostensibly liberal white dude...Thurman and her castmates are battling their way through dialogue that feels surprisingly monotonous and frequently stilted...A dull complacency weighs down the whole play."
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New Yorker
November 30th, 2017

"Why does the play have such trouble finding its angle on the enraging political scene? Despite being self-knowingly au courant, 'The Parisian Woman' feels as creaky as an old boulevard entertainment...While the play informs us of Chloe’s allure, it’s not much in evidence...If people are drawn to Chloe, it’s not because Thurman has injected her with charisma...Thurman is a blank, swanning and sighing as if impersonating the leading lady of an old drawing-room comedy."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 30th, 2017

"A weightlessly slick piece of politics-flavored confectionery...It bored me to the point of squirming in my seat, packed as it is with boo-hiss-cheer lines so predictable that I caught myself mouthing some of the comebacks a half-beat ahead of the actors. As for Thurman, her performance is technically competent but devoid of the red-hot star quality...MacKinnon is famously good at staging naturalistic dramas, and has done her best to disguise the limitations of the star and script."
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Deadline
November 30th, 2017

"Peppered with newsy references that suggest not so much keen-eared timeliness as a script in flux right up to curtain time. Which may explain why 'The Parisian Woman' is such a train wreck...The dialogue is stilted and delivered haltingly even by the pros in the cast...The amateurism defeats both the director and the more experienced actors onstage...The zingers don’t zing, the flings flop, and 90 minutes pass like the first year of the administration of One Who Must Not Be Named."
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New York Daily News
November 30th, 2017

"Chloe, we’re often told, is fascinating. But the script does little to show why...But Thurman’s striking presence...goes a long way to making Chloe attention-getting...How will Chloe reach her goal? That’s burning question the play posits as Pam McKinnon’s assured, well-acted and handsomely designed staging unfolds...That makes for dishy entertainment...At times the dialogue is too stiff to sound natural. But politics are in Willimon’s wheelhouse."
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Variety
November 30th, 2017

"Entrusting this captivating character to a star from another artistic solar system proves an unkindness to both character and star...It gives no pleasure to watch the star struggling to keep up with Chloe...Willimon has updated his play to reflect players in the current administration....But he fails to draw on any of the many issues bedeviling the president, missing his chance to turn this mannered trifle into a substantive political drama."
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