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The Parisian Woman

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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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'The Parisian Woman' is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having—especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and stakes couldn't be higher. Willimon’s inspiration for 'The Parisian Woman' came from French dramatist Henry Becque’s controversial 1885 play 'La Parisienne.'

 
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60
Broadway News

"Thurman’s character never really seems to have much of a pulse, leaving the play with a glamorous void at its center...The appeal of the play, directed with a competent slickness by Pam MacKinnon, is its neatly laced-together plot, as well as, for Trump-o-phobes, Willimon’s many wry cracks about the state of the nation...Willimon’s sometimes glib cynicism eventually feels as obvious as the play’s more heavy-breathing passages...Only a mildly diverting evening at the theater." Full Review

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Theatermania

"A plot as flimsy as a house of cards...Unfortunately, 'The Parisian Woman' is dramatic junk food at its best moments. We gasp at the intrigue and laugh (with ever-diminishing relish) at the perfunctory jabs at the President. None of it really sheds any light on this juncture in our republic...This less than thrilling thriller is further hindered by some of the worst acting currently on a Broadway stage...Cheap cynicism masquerading as the truth." Full Review

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Variety

"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." Full Review

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BroadwayWorld

“Much of the play is quite clever and interesting, but the peripheral Trump references keep upstaging the intrigue...On paper, 'The Parisian Woman' works pretty well. On the stage, it's generally a bore, due primarily to the exceedingly bland performance of Thurman...Lucas is equally uninspired...And then there's the wonderful Brown...If the play could be revised again so that she could play Chloe,’ The Parisian Woman’ would be a heck of a lot more interesting.” Full Review

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Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

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The New York Times

"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." Full Review

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Theater News Online

“A thudding disappointment...Wooden, plodding and insular...Some dialogue comes across as stagy and canned...Thurman’s bland, stilted delivery does not help...The more time you spend with the characters, the less you feel you know them or care about what they want...MacKinnon’s tight production offers lots of eye candy to relieve the boredom of the dialogue...One of the best-looking and -sounding straight plays on Broadway this fall. It’s just not that clever or insightful.” Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Thurman is delightful and crafty in her role...Also beyond delightful is Blair Brown...Pam MacKinnon does an adequate job of staging, but there is no champagne sparkle...The laughs come fast and funny; but there is something synthetic about the style and the story...Even the frequent gibes at the president seem dated at times, his old campaign gaffes—locker room tales and all—by now sound inconsequential compared to what he’s been doing lately." Full Review

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Theater Life

"Contrived claptrap...Willimon’s uneven script has the creaky feel of a century-old potboiler...Popular progressive sentiment fails to save this 'Woman' from soapy suds and unconvincing characterization both in the writing and acting...MacKinnon fails to make these cardboard figures believable even though her staging is smooth and sleek...Thurman and Lucas are both beautiful to look at, but cannot overcome the impossible switcheroo demands Willimon has placed on them." Full Review

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DC Theatre Scene

"Tame, tidy, talky and only superficially timely...There are now some current references, but they feel like checked boxes; there is little here that can count as substantive political or psychological insight into a new era. 'The Parisian Woman' also seems likely to disappoint anybody hoping for the theatrical equivalent of an anti-Trump support group...Theatergoers not bothered by these limitations, however, might find 'The Parisian Woman' a diverting enough 90 minutes." Full Review

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Lighting & Sound America

“Given a leading lady with plenty of technical skill and stardust to spare, this glossy fiction could have been a genuine guilty pleasure...Under the direction of MacKinnon, who doesn't seem at home with this sort of high-comedy artifice, the rest of the cast performs unevenly...The trouble with ‘The Parisian Woman’ is that we don't quite adore her. Her skills as a siren aren't really believable and her stratagems come from the theatre of another era.” Full Review

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The Hollywood Reporter

"Thurman attacks the part like she's doing bad Noel Coward in regional repertory theater....This is a play with an identity crisis, exacerbated by MacKinnon's incongruously stylized scene changes...Visually, these fussy interludes make no sense, beyond echoing the confusion of a work that can't decide if it's a sly political thriller about our alarming reality or a conventional drawing-room comedy about no credible reality at all." Full Review

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Broadway Blog

“What might have been little more than a faintly entertaining, old-fashioned, politically-themed, boulevard dramedy gets some extra mileage by being updated to…the first year of the Trump administration…There's some left-leaning pleasure in having Trump continually jabbed at…but little is new and even less very funny. Take Trump away and the play collapses…Uma Thurman, long, lean, and lovely, captures Chloe's cool, calculating glamor but doesn't go too far in showing deeper feelings.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

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AM New York

"A thin and underwhelming new drama...Although the play revolves around heavy-handed plot machinations, it still manages to feel slight and slow. The characters are initially interesting but prove to be one-dimensional. The direction does little to pep up the production...Thurman gives a stiff, unvaried, muted performance in which she mostly sits around and delivers her lines with a small grin and a poker face." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"Uma Thurman, making an impressive Broadway debut...Willimon is damned if he doesn’t succeed at revealing that DC politics is one of those places in America in which the word 'corrupt' qualifies as a compliment...Certainly there is no denying that his play is served well by those passing around what he’s dishing. Director Pam MacKinnon lifts the unremitting sniping among actors to a high level." Full Review

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Front Row Center

“’Willimon offers a remarkably pedestrian script mixing hoary cliché with his signature ‘House of Cards’ Washington-insider slant, smug asides signaling status...Willimon overreaches, folding in marital infidelity pressed into political service, a bewildering male-menopause theme, and the predictable collusion of the D.C. establishment swallowing hard to gain advantage...There’s a sense of missed opportunity here...It’s neither funny nor significant.” Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"A stunningly smug, utterly incredible and wholly inept political satire...All of the nuance, sophistication and intellectual complexity of a presidential tweet...One of the fundamental problems of this terrible show is that you never for a moment believe that anyone involved here really knows how the people they are lampooning actually function...But you can’t blame Trump (or Willimon) for some of the incomprehensibly terrible acting on view." Full Review

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Deadline

"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." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

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CurtainUp

“A live, but not quite lively enough, mini ‘House of Cards’…‘The Parisian Woman’ lacks the sizzle of that groundbreaking series…It comes off mainly as a star vehicle for Thurman…Thurman's performance, like Willimon's script, is not as satisfying as it should be. She simply doesn't capture the one of a kind quality this woman is supposed to have…The real star turn of this production is by veteran Broadway actress Blair Brown as Jessica.” Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"These fine actors make this all look so easy, fitting into their perfectly tailor-made roles...It’s surprising and thoroughly engaging, keeping us on our toes and leaning in...A very current and complex play. It constantly surprises with its smart and sassy dialogue...I wanted more, I must say. More insight, maybe more hope for the future. The play as it stands is compelling enough, and definitely entertaining, but won’t create an interesting dialogue for too long after the curtain goes do... Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"Overshadows its important themes of love, trust, and the dynamics of relationships with clichés...It seems no one knows what do with Willimon’s script: Pam MacKinnon directs it like a daytime television drama and the actors decide to follow her lead and deliver stilted performances that rarely rise above the mediocre...What ought to be light and terribly funny becomes ponderous and overwrought leaving all attempts at exploring the comedy beneath the high drama falling flat." Full Review

75
Gotham Playgoer

“Deep character portrayal is not the play’s strength. Playing out a somewhat intricate plot while springing an occasional surprise is where the pleasure lies. There are scattered references to life under the Trump administration that go for an easy laugh. The actors are well-cast. Ms. Thurman seems perfectly comfortable onstage; that her character does not come across as more charismatic is probably a problem in the writing.” Full Review

55
The Wrap

"Trump’s name is now mentioned only near the very end of this 90-minute play, but along the way we’re treated to mentions of Ivanka, Twitter mania, General Kelly, fake news, Charlottesville, and a White House under siege by a mad-man president — all of which completely overshadows the captivating tale...With the right actors, Willimon’s play might run refreshingly counter to the zeitgeist. With the current cast and script updates, this 'Parisian Woman' is simply out of sync." Full Review

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60
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Uma Thurman is to this play what Ben Affleck is to the recent "Justice League" movie - unfortunate casting. Looks great on paper but fails.

Don't see it if The movie star has a problem getting past the first ten rows. The rest of the cast is solid & the play will be dated in future but isn't bad

50
Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Patronizing

See it if you want to be patronized by a play. It feeds a NY audience with references to Trump to get cheap laughs but really has little substance.

Don't see it if expect insights into Washington politics, open relationships, or how the DC enfranchised live. Broadly written and poorly acted.

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if you are a fan of political dramas and the writer Beau Willimon. Also Blair Brown does a great job here.

Don't see it if you don't like predictability. I saw it all coming. Also, I was underwhelmed by Thurman.

55
Unconvincing on any level, Pasted-on ersatz relevance, Dull and labored

See it if you need to see Thurman: though she has a stunning presence, the stage seems not be her natural milieu. It's hard to tell in this material.

Don't see it if you're expecting drama or real intrigue; Willimon's Twitter feed has more of both than his play; you expect political sharpness or satire

Also The play is oddly stranded between its roots in 19th century French bo... Read more Read less

67
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Dull

See it if you are a HUGE fan of any of the performers.BlairBrown was the only 1 who showed her acting chops.Plot holes abounded.Story was dull.

Don't see it if you can find anything else to do.Play is badly written:no tension,no real stakes. Lots of terrific shots at Trump.Loved that,Acting was flat

68
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Willimon's political dramas.The great cast of actors rise above the material and make this 90 minute play entertaining.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of political plays. In this one,the plot is contrived and the behaviors of the characters seem to be too unrealistic.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging

See it if You like Uma Thurman, political stories, or plays with an interesting twist.

Don't see it if You hate politics or need a lot of humor in plays.

75
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to be enchanted by Uma Thurman in her Broadway debut and you don't mind current politics being thrown in to the mix.

Don't see it if you are bothered by story lines with adultery or portrayals of humans at their most flawed points. Or you want to see a very deep play.

65
Disappointing, Missed opportunity, Shallow., Trendy.

See it if You like lightweight political plays and Trump jokes. You want to see Uma Thurman's Broadway debut and a fine performance by Blair Brown.

Don't see it if You think that late night talk shows do a better job with Trump jokes. You want a play with meaningful high stakes.

88
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into the sport of modern politics. The writer created House of Cards. This is definitely of the same tone.

Don't see it if You don't like talkly dramas or the exploration of the first world problems of the rich and wanna be famous.

Also My household is politics obsessed, and we were in love with this show.... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Uma Thurman or Josh Lucas; if you are interested in politics or if you enjoy "House of Cards".

Don't see it if if political satire is not your thing or if explicit sexual talk and unusual marital relationships offend you.

77
Clever, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like House of Cards or political plays that don't shy away from the current topics.

Don't see it if you want to see a show that makes you forget what is happening in the world. The show is very on-trend for the current political climate.

48
Excruciating, Cliched, Insipid

See it if Absolutely no reason. The only reason there is no intermission is to prevent people from leaving

Don't see it if You enjoy good theater

76
Funny, Relevant, Slow, Great staging

See it if You like political drama; want to see something extremely contemporary; some good jokes about current political climate.

Don't see it if You need a fast paced, dramatic play; if you need an "easy story".

Also This Play was more like a movie than a play. It was almost too realist... Read more Read less

50
Ambitious, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Like very good acting with current political subject matter and a very good cast

Don't see it if you like good writing and a well thought out plot - this is what it's not.

65
Relevant, Resonant, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like television style commentary on contemporary morals and politics.

Don't see it if You don’t like movie stars trying theater.

Also Blair Brown is great.

65
Ambitious, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You like House of Cards. It is like watching an episode & Clare is missing. Wish there was more substance

Don't see it if You don't like political drama. Trump reference were a bit much & I didn't vote for him. A lot of people around me didn't care for it either

90
Clever, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like House of Cards or political dramas.

Don't see it if You don’t like a sex scandal.

80
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Uma Thurman, you enjoy politics, and/or you aren't easily offended.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and dislike politics.

83
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like rapid fire witty dialog and character-centered story and interaction. A very topical play.

Don't see it if It has been said before, but if you can’t handle criticism of the current administration, you are not the target demographic.

Also All 5 actors were strong, with Uma Thurman in particular delivering a ... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Very current theater. An enjoyable evening out.

Don't see it if you prefer a silly musical..

85
Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if Uma Thurman proves she can do anything and everything, she is magnificent in her Broadway debut. The whole cast shines!

Don't see it if It is a great show, highly recommended

57
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you have never seen House of Cards and think this might be original material. It's supposed to be timely, topical and shocking. It isn't.

Don't see it if you appreciate original, thought provoking material. This is a direct lift from House of Cards, season two by the same author. Disappointing

65
Ambitious, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if You like House of Cards. It could have been an episode on this great Netflix show.

Don't see it if At a certain point in the show, references to Trum were met by some of the audience with grunts. Too much and I am not a Trump supporter

87
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Current

See it if Clever dialogue; contemporary subject matter;

Don't see it if you don't care for plays versus musical.

Also The scene changes were really interesting. The writing occasionally dr... Read more Read less