Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe winner Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway in Adam Rapp's new play about a tenured professor, a talented student, and a troubling favor. More…
Bella Baird (Parker) is an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who prizes her solitude. But when she faces a challenge she cannot tackle alone, she allies herself with a brilliant and mysterious student, Christopher (Will Hochman). Intensely intimate, this haunting play probes the question of what one person can do for another.
See it if you enjoy contemporary theater that is intelligent and beautifully acted.
Don't see it if you are not interested in two quirkly characters interacting on stage for 90 minutes without a lot of plot.
See it if you enjoy a great character driven play with wonderful actors who draw you in and hold you for 90 absorbing and even funny dramatic moments.
Don't see it if prefer only naturalistic plays with realistic dialogue exchanges.
See it if It is a well-written, well-acted and well-directed show that mostly held my attention
Don't see it if The two main characters are very hard to understand, the central plot "ask" made by one of them to the other was absurd, the ending was weak
See it if You want to see fabulous acting amazing actors who are totally immersed in their roles. You like strong and powerful theatre.
Don't see it if You don't like intelligent, well written shows and want movement and action. This show has only two characters and the story is cerebral.
See it if you want to want to see Mary Louise Parker in action and leave with more questions than answers. The dialogue is sharp and smart.
Don't see it if you do not like plays with only two characters that when you leave you have more questions than answers.
See it if you want to see masterful acting in an absorbing play that keeps you guessing where it's going.
Don't see it if you don't like stories that are narrated instead of being acted out. Some of the play is MLP's character speaking directly to the audience.
See it if you like two-handers that explore unlikely friendships and personal pain.
Don't see it if you are looking for a story that really nails the narrative from start to finish.
See it if you want a dark and intense story that makes you contemplate how words have incredible nuance and power. Parker embodies Bella so completely
Don't see it if loneliness, cancer and assisted suicide are triggering themes.
See it if you love an intelligent and absorbing drama which is superbly acted wrapped in an overall terrific production.
Don't see it if If you don't like talky, psychological dramas with difficult themes which make you thin about your life and its purpose.
See it if you like to curl up with a good novel from time to time, or simply want to see the best work from Mary-Louise Parker in a decade or more.
Don't see it if you like when plays are loud, overly dramatic, and full of major events.
See it if You enjoy intelligent, well written, dramas with outstanding performances
Don't see it if You are put off by intellectual, philosophical dialogue
See it if you want to see a dramatic, beautifully-written two-character play.
Don't see it if you don’t enjoy depressing themes or are uncomfortable in very dark spaces.
See it if you want to see a show where staging, acting, writing, and technical elements combine in perfect harmony to deliver a gripping story.
Don't see it if you like your stories resolved and tied up in a pretty bow.
See it if Clever and wrenching new play gorgeously staged by David Cromer and splendidly acted
Don't see it if Don't like hard topics (cancer, suicide)
See it if You are a fan of Mary Louise Parker's remarkable talent and humor. Buoyed by an enthusiastic Will Hochman, who holds his own. Great story.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of thoughtful, intriguing stories about literature and the human heart, seamlessly portrayed.
See it if You want to see great acting in a play that, while seemingly simple, has unexpected twists and turns and never goes for the obvious
Don't see it if You don't like serious dramas with no intermission
See it if You like plays which are though provoking and slow. Mary-Louise Parker did a great job.
Don't see it if You are looking for a fast moving play or a musical. You like a bigger cast than just a 2 person play.
See it if You love Mary-Louise Parker. She gives an excellent performance. You like intimate, un-splashy shows that are thought-provoking.
Don't see it if You love big sets, set pieces, lights and lots of intense scenes. This is not "flashy" in that sense, but more effective because of its tone
See it if a director, 2 actors and playwright all at the top of their game. I can't recall a recent play that's made me want to lean forward and focus
Don't see it if are expecting a linear plot. Changes in POV and narrator are half the fun. The economical use of sets greatly adds to the air of intrigue.