Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

The Parisian Woman

From 444 member  reviews
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. More…

'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.'

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

Member Reviews (444)


Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing
Avg Score

Nonsensical, Annoying, Uninsightful, Unfunny, Dull

See it if you want to witness a muddled mess. The script is idiotic w/no redemption except a handsome set and a beautiful Uma (but her role is awful).

Don't see it if you demand any coherence. TPW is insulting to both Reps and Dems. Stupid drivel. Why did Uma agree to star? And who dressed her (terribly)?

Banal, Disappointing, Edgy, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if I cannot come up with a really good reason to see it. Thurman should stick to movies; not a good stage actor.

Don't see it if It was not very good, bad directing, bad script and not good acting. Do not waste your money seeing this one!

Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are a fan of "HOUSE OF CARDS" or a fan of celebrity casting. If you're not a fan of the current admin., you'll revel in the barb-lobbing

Don't see it if if you are a fervent supporter of the current administration. Stage acting is your thing. Can't take the barb-lobbing leveled at YOU.

Disappointing, Misguided, Mediocre, Uneven, Muddled

See it if you want to see what happens when a script that could be an interesting drama gets directed and performed like a sitcom.

Don't see it if you don't want to see terrible acting and some really confounding direction.

Funny, Entertaining, Slow

See it if Its not fast moving, but sometime you laugh and it was ok

Don't see it if Its slow and alot of sitting down talking in the show.

Absorbing, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you like a political drama with a few twists. Plot involves actual political figures which will make this a dated play in a hurry.

Don't see it if you are a Trump fan.Like the Portuguese Kid very nasty remarks re Trump and his supporters are made.

Also In the Playbill the playwright says he modified his play to make it mo... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Sublime acting, political drama about a woman who will stop at nothing to get her husband a judgeship. Shocking what she'll do.

Don't see it if You'd be bored by a fast paced 100 minute drama. But time flies by

Low expectations has its rewards, Good sets, Slow, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like political banter and humor; you're interested in the seedy side of politics in social settings; Thurman holds her own in her debut.

Don't see it if you want more than a superficial, heavy handed take on politics today. Trump jokes are fun and abundant but they get tired quickly.

All around great

See it if You want to see a great all-around play. Everything about this production is well above average.

Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a comedic look at politics in the present day

Also I have decided after seeing this play that I am done looking at other ... Read more Read less

Slow, Dull, Uma is better on film than on stage.

See it if You want to see unlikeable people in a slow-moving drawing room/political drama. It wants to be more than it is.

Don't see it if You expect Uma to act well, want more action, think Beltway machinations are fascinating no matter what.

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Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Cliched

See it if you are a Thurman fan, regardless of her poor stage acting; you enjoyed House of Cards; you like political intrigue and can overlook cliche

Don't see it if you are bored with political drama and deviousness; there is enough of it in real life -do we really need it on stage too? Trump fan - don't

Funny, Relevant, Clever

See it if You are appalled but amused by the corrupt and foolish Trump supporters.

Don't see it if You love everything Trump.

Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Insipid, 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

Uma slinks through tepid potboiler

See it if you want to witness Uma's beauty and intelligence. Willimon's Farragut North was a better political play, though made into a convoluted film

Don't see it if Twisty plot is messy but makes a good star vehicle. At Uma's entrance, a person about five rows behind us shouted, "I love you, Uma!!!"

Underrated, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging

See it if you like relevant political dramas with scheming and plot twists. The acting was good, not sure why it got panned. Nice staging also.

Don't see it if you like musical spectacles and are considering it because of Uma Thurman's celebrity—you will probably be disappointed by this drama.

Also Don't believe all the bad reviews on this one. I've seen much better p... Read more Read less

I was expecting to hate it. it was really okay.

See it if You want to see some decent, not great ,acting, with a decent not great script with lovely sets and costumes but all sort of flat.

Don't see it if You dont like smirky "topical" humor. You want something dynamic.

Also I was pleasantly surprised. But that was mostly because of the low tic... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great staging, Fluffy, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if like "in the news" repartee and SNL like 90 minute skit on Washington DC politics. It surprises occasionally

Don't see it if you want something poignant or meaningful.

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.

Cliched, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like entertaining soap operas and anything that makes fun of Trump and Washington politics even if in a trite and one dimensional way

Don't see it if you expect a nuanced and believable script.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Edgy

See it if you enjoy a smart, funny, unapologetic political drama.

Don't see it if you're a Trump fan.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Entertaining, Calculated

See it if a live TV show without commercial interruptions starring a famous movie personality. You can guess what comes next before it happens.

Don't see it if you want an escape from the politics of today. Hard to believe that its impetus comes from a classic French play of the 1800s.

Amusing, watchable, mild

See it if you want an easy to watch, easy to understand show. Blair Brown always good. Starts out good, interesting, funny but gets silly/stupid fast

Don't see it if If you want an in depth story about politics this isnt it.Trump bashing incessantly. Takes a few unbelievable twists and turns.

Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging, Clever, Uncomplicated

See it if you want a show that holds your interest but without the complexities that make a good play great. Uma was impressive; Josh was delightful.

Don't see it if you want a show that makes you think and has more than a couple of obvious plot twists. Plot was too predictable.

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny

See it if Interested in plays in the moment with today's references.

Don't see it if There was a real play there but it was updated o much to be relevant that it lost the play. No offense, Ms Thurman was not magnetic enough.

Banal, Disappointing, Poorly acted, Cliched

See it if Clair Underwood lite, w/bad acting. A wan attempt at political machinations in Trump's Washington. Clichéd, stilted, lacked spark.

Don't see it if I'm puzzled how so many good actors - Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas, Phillipa Soo - were so bad in this. Only bright spot was Blair Brown.

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 nothin...
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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 chemist...
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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 ...
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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...
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