Ends Oct 22

The Terms of My Surrender

Members say: Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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Critics
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Members
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Michael Moore, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' brings his powers of provocation to the stage in this world premiere one-man play.

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'The Terms of My Surrender' is a hilarious satirical tour through the depraved new world we find ourselves in since appointing a madman as the leader of the free world. The show features insights drawn from Moore's long history as an activist and high-profile pot stirrer, ongoing translations of each day's fresh insanity, and any number of nightly surprises. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer ('Spring Awakening,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch').

 

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Reviews (108)

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75
Broadway News

"Comes as close to being a campaign rally as anything you are likely to see on Broadway...And yet this shaggy but enjoyable evening, an autobiographical solo show spliced with a rabble-rousing call to arms against the reigning political regime, contains more surprises—and more funny diversions—than I expected...Moore's film persona, the goofy comic pest with a serious mission, translates with surprising ease to the stage." Full Review

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Theatermania

"A disappointingly inoffensive summer solo show...Director Mayer seems to have left Moore to his shtick, even when it feels painfully under-rehearsed...The autobiographical portion of the show is the most effective...These segments may resemble a self-serving memoir recited live onstage, but it's a great read. Still, if the lesson of Moore's life is to take risks and speak truth to power, he doesn't apply it to this endeavor...Delivers liberal catnip to an audience eager to wallow in it." Full Review

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Variety

"Moore makes his revolutionary pitch with surprising sweetness...Although he charms the audience into a group sing, he’s determined not to preach to the choir, preferring to make his political points through stealth...One terrific effect really puts across his best story, about a librarian who saved his bacon...The personal anecdotes are interesting, but that librarian story illustrates the main message of this rally—that 'one person out of nowhere can make a revolution.'" Full Review

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Time Out New York

"In its best moments, 'The Terms of My Surrender' is amusing, informative, even inspiring. But it is also compromised by familiarity, oversimplification and indulgence...While Moore has excelled in his role as a progressive gadfly in books and documentaries, onstage he is less assured; he does not yet know how to control his audience, his tone or his time...By the time he reaches the climax—about poisoned water in his hometown of Flint, Michigan—the crowd is restless." Full Review

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The Hollywood Reporter

"'Surrender' reveals Moore to be a warmly funny and engaging raconteur, presiding over an evening of surprising emotional depths...Smart enough not to fall into the trap of simply preaching to the choir, Moore makes the evening partly autobiographical...The evening, cleverly staged by Michael Mayer, is not just an illustrated lecture. It has a vibrantly theatrical, variety-show atmosphere...The joyous finale, which again relies on the element of surprise, sends the audience out on a high." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Moore speaks his mind, and subtlety is not in his lexicon. Now, precisely how you’re likely to feel about 'The Terms of My Surrender' kind of depends, as they say...The play is not all Trump-bash, all the time. Moore goes through fifteen set-pieces, most drawn from his life adventures. These turn out to be fascinating and engrossing; many of the strongest sections of the evening, which runs an intermissionless two hours or so, are about the author." Full Review

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The New York Times

"A bit like being stuck at Thanksgiving dinner with a garrulous, self-regarding, time-sucking uncle...It falls short of offering seriously useful ideas about how individuals can make a difference...I actively resisted plenty of material that might otherwise be amenable to me politically...For theatergoers expecting anything theatrical, the evening, directed as if with hands thrown up in resignation by Mayer, will prove fairly grim...Moore’s not preaching to the choir: He’s bragging to it." Full Review

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DC Theatre Scene

"Moore's playful, pointed and partisan one-man show...Too diffuse to fit Moore’s usual formula. It’s like a scattershot variety show. But the puckish sense of humor will be enough for most of his fans, the driving engine behind an unusual but surprisingly satisfying entertainment...You need not be a partisan to find many of Moore’s stories both amusing and inspiring." Full Review

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AM New York

"It can’t be denied that Michael Moore is preaching to the choir by presenting his new one-man show, 'The Terms of My Surrender,' on Broadway...But is that such a bad thing? After all, this is supposed to be a Broadway show, not a political rally...The show is a fun and freewheeling night of theater for Moore’s fans and anyone else who wants to attend." Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"The best term for his intermissionless, predictably political appearance is 'Empowerment Seminar'...Moore can rip from the headlines with the best of them...Perhaps it’s needless to say that Moore’s hoot-and-holler...preaches to the converted...When I mentioned to another friend, an unsympathetic one, that I’d appreciated much in 'The Terms of My Surrender,' his dismissive response consisted of an eye roll and one sentence: 'He’s a nut case.' If so, please pass the nuts." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"An engaging solo selective memoir...'Surrender' has a casual, semi-scripted tone...Moore’s easygoing rapport with the audience goes a long way in these memories...Tony-winning director Mayer keeps things rolling smoothly. Mostly, anyway...A game show inspired by a dumbed-down America isn’t half as smart as it wants to wants to be. Those are minor quibbles. Moore pulls the show together with a flashy finale." Full Review

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Deadline

"Moore is at ease onstage and projects a jolly conspiratorial air...But the show is a rambling, ramshackle affair that careens between shtick and sober business, and both ends of that spectrum suffer...'The Terms of My Surrender' is heartfelt and represents the thinking and ideology of a crucial voice of dissent and opposition. But it’s a lazy show that severely underestimates it audience. Preaching to the choir is one thing; pandering to it is of a somewhat lower order." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"Moore's solo is an impressively well-structured script, an assured performance that, thanks to director Mayer, is presented with enough Broadway-ish theatricality...Some of the personal stuff is less familiar and very effectively used to tie in with his 'you are the majority' as a call-to-action mantra...While Moore has the audience pretty much responding to his every word with enthusiastic laughs and hurrahs, the show sometimes goes from a bubbling boil to a very slow simmer." Full Review

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The Wrap

"Makes O’Neill’s 'Long Day’s Journey Into Night' feel short...At its very best, 'Terms' shows Moore’s considerable talent for working up moral outrage...The show is really the Greatest Hits from Moore’s life, and most tales will be well known to the viewers of his many documentaries or the readers of his many best-sellers. What’s surprising is how poorly Moore tells a story in person. He comes off far more nervous, high-pitched, and benign on stage than on screen." Full Review

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Gotham Playgoer

"Who knew that indignation could be so entertaining? Moore, with a substantial contribution by director Michael Mayer, has cleverly assembled a varied evening that constantly shifts gears before it can become monotonous...Yes, there are a few rants, but overall, Moore is considerably more subdued than I anticipated. I laughed a lot more than I expected to...Perhaps there is therapeutic value to being surrounded by like-minded people and getting a well-crafted pep talk." Full Review

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CitiTour

"Moore's entertaining, enlightening solo act...The evening—smartly directed by Michael Mayer—admittedly has a 'preaching to the choir' feel...But Moore is savvy enough to not simply harangue against the ruling party for the entire intermissionless two-hours...Better still, Moore shares a number of personal stories that allow us to see a wider side of his personality...Only the completely humorless (or truly Republican) won’t ultimately surrender to the wit and wisdom of Michael Moore." Full Review

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WNBC

"Directed by Michael Mayer, whose penchant for pizazz pairs nicely with Moore’s Lefties-Home-Companion storytelling style, 'Surrender' is a slick and engaging mash-up of entertainment and politics. It’s also very much a call-to-arms for civic involvement, in a room where Moore is preaching to the more-or-less converted...I can think of a few places the audience wouldn’t be nearly as friendly as New York, which would make for an even more electrifying event." Full Review

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NY1

"No matter your political persuasion, there's no denying that the guy can hold a stage. It's two intermission-less hours consisting, predictably, of Trump-bashing, but there's lots of amusing biographical anecdotes as well. Some of them are extremely moving, while others are insightful, and all of them are delivered by a masterful storyteller who manages to entertain and instruct simultaneously...He hit the target with this one, even if he is preaching to the choir." Full Review

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NJ.com

"A nearly two-hour monologue...with frequent, quintessentially Moore-ian lapses into self-aggrandizement and self-congratulation...The point of such a show—an overlong sermon to an already converted choir—remains a mystery...Mostly talk, much of it predictable and eventually repetitive...Moore's topic is too broad and vague and his prescriptive is too obvious...The nuance-free, one-note 'The Terms of My Surrender' drifts dangerously close to self-parody." Full Review

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The Washington Post

"Less a jaunty excursion than an unvarnished ego trip, the show is a slog through cringe-inducing skits and only occasionally engaging anecdotes...Much of 'The Terms of My Surrender' lurches from topic to topic in this manner, with Moore seated in an easy chair or hovering over a desk, uncertainly reaching into memory for his next line...'The Terms of My Surrender' doesn’t have much of a game plan. That goes as much for its theatrical goals as its political ones." Full Review

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The Telegraph (UK)

"The show isn’t entirely an anti-Trump rally. Moore has collaborated with Michael Mayer to create a colorful and affecting political variety show that toggles between monologues, comedic bits and pontification about the state of the nation...While Moore still has a flair for the dramatic, this onetime enfant terrible now sounds like the voice of reason...It’s a lot to pack into a two-hour show, but Moore is a fairly sturdy anchor, and he can certainly inspire a crowd." Full Review

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The Observer

“A funny, colorful and totally entertaining one-man show…I expected to be challenged, embarrassed, provoked and possibly enraged by so many condensed and concentrated opinions at one sitting. What I did not expect, in the bargain, was to have such a good time…Regardless of your politics, he’s so persuasive and charming that you end up agreeing with him in spite of yourself. You also learn things.” Full Review

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Daily Beast

"A mix of predictable rabble-rousing and a self-congratulatory lap of the field with a sheen of humblebrag...There is nothing fresh in 'The Terms of My Surrender,' but it is Moore delivering it, and his charisma means the fury comes with one-liners and magnificent eye-rolls...Moore’s affability is the evening’s necessary oil: for all his anger there is a restated belief in American kindness and generosity; he tells jokes and is both self-effacing and self-aggrandizing." Full Review

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The Stage (UK)

"Moore takes us on an indulgent and meandering tour around some of his achievements...Not all of this is very theatrical. Moore and his director Michael Mayer, however, keep it entertaining by introducing various set pieces...Of course, a show like this in New York is preaching to the already converted, seeking affirmation of their dislike of Trump and all that he stands for. So I'm not sure how much good it will actually do...As Trump might say, though, it's a #FakeBroadwayShow." Full Review

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Los Angeles Times

"The lesson he wants us to take home is a noble one...But these plucky narratives, largely recycled from his writings and talks, have the monotonous ring of an infomercial for his brand. I have no political beef with Moore...But I found myself cringing at the self-congratulatory applause that would break out when he would utter one of his pieties...'Surrender' would be less objectionable if he were driving around the country in a bus and delivering these monologues...for $10 a head." Full Review

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57
Boring, Indulgent, Rambling, Excruciatingly slow, Moments of relevance

See it if You want to see an icon of political activism rambling as an uncle reminiscing tangentially at Thanksgiving. Relevant and fun first 30 min.

Don't see it if Read one of his books instead. It's rudderless and rambling. Zero sense of timing and audience engagement.

Also At 2hr25 without intermission it could easily have been 75 mim. The is... Read more Read less

52
Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Long, Unfocused

See it if The show & Moore start off strong. Some great funny, entertaining & interesting moments in beginning. As the show moves past the 45min mark

Don't see it if Moore's stories start to drag. The audience participation & interview were PAINFULLY long. He doesn't understand importance of pacing/timing

Also This show has potential to be good if he would cut it to 75 or 80min. ... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like MM's work or political perspective. He does work very hard to get everyone to think about their place in political society.

Don't see it if You're support a position diametrically opposed to MM's.

83
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You're a liberal/progressive, dislike Trump, or are open to ideas about how to change the government/world for the better.

Don't see it if You will never, ever change your staunchly conservative opinions, or do not think political rhetoric of any kind belongs on Broadway.

85
Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if if you are a fan of Michael Moore and want a place to vent your frustrations with a Trump presidency..he also gives you helpful information

Don't see it if if you don't want to hear a lot of political dialog

Also I happened to be there the night that Mark Ruffalo made an appearance ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Michael Moore's take on what is happening & how to help return the USA to sanity. Moore's personal stories are compelling.

Don't see it if You're not a Michael Moore fan.

70
Quirky, Relevant

See it if You're a Trump-hating Democrat and are looking for a pep rally atmosphere.

Don't see it if You're a Republican. If you want acting or a real storyline. This is Moore's semi-stream of consciousness anti-Trump (& pro-Moore) thoughts

89
Funny, Clever, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you need a healthy outlet for all your DONALD TRUMP angst.

Don't see it if you believe in a 2020 Donald Trump presidency.

Also Michael Moore surprised me by weaving together defining moments in his... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You dislike Trump, are worried about what is happening in us as a result of last ejection, michael moore says it all, intelligent & eloquent

Don't see it if You like donald trump, dislike michael more, are anti liberal real, democratic, in denial of the negative in the country today.

77
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if michael moore fans will like his most personal stories and look at the Trump administration, call for action. Lots of observations

Don't see it if Trump supporters will not appreciate Moore's view on the administration and country. Moore uses some older material. One many show. Uneven

85
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Too long, Infuriating

See it if you like politics, like Moore and dislike the current political climate. Moore's remembrances of episodes from his younger years were great.

Don't see it if you are a Trump supporter (tho you probably should) and if you dislike being preached to. Some segments go on too long.

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Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You're a wealthy white liberal who thinks Hillary was robbed, fail to think critically about the 2016 election, want to watch standup comedy

Don't see it if You can't stand elitist Democrats that are blissfully unaware of the rest of the country.

Also Don't let curiosity tempt you! Avoid, avoid, avoid! No substance, humo... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Moving, Hopeful

See it if you've been depressed since the election and want to be inspired to take action. If you are a fan of Moore and are interested in politics.

Don't see it if you don't like Michael Moore. This won't change your opinion. If you support Trump (although you should see it but will probably be annoyed)

Also Surprisingly funny at times, often moving and ultimately hopeful. A bi... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're a Republican.

Don't see it if N/A. Everyone should open their minds and see this. It's engrossing, entertaining, enlightening, and frightening in equal measure.

72
Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you are a Michael Moore fan, like to hear insightful stories, dislike our current president, or want to empower yourself politically

Don't see it if you aren't super liberal

82
Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if You LOVE Michael Moore and agree with his political stances. If so, the show is a riot!

Don't see it if You are a republican. This ain't the show for you (which I think you could kind of figure out).

Also I enjoy Mr. Moore's movies for the most part, especially "Bowling for ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if if you are a fan of Michael Moore and enjoy a great "story teller", and if you are fed up with what Trump is doing to our nation.

Don't see it if if you are one of the unfortunate members of Trump's base! Maybe you should see it, you might change your mind.

66
Confusing, Disappointing, Really?

See it if you love politics

Don't see it if you want to see a good show

69
Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you appreciate Michael Moore's activism and progressivism.

Don't see it if you're expecting a great, focused, polished one-man show. It's not!

Also I really wanted to like and enjoy this show, but ultimately I did not.... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are a Michael Moore fan and want to learn about the beginnings of his activism. You are worried about the current political situation

Don't see it if You are an extreme conservative. Dislike Moore or one man shows.

78
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a cathartic night out with like-minded folks, and want to learn more about what sparked Moore's activist spirit long ago

Don't see it if You feel strongly that Moore's message is ill-informed or his opinions are too far to the left.

80
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Looking for a humorous but inspiring response to our political crisis. Moore is an engaging storyteller with a big heart.

Don't see it if You are unconcerned about the state of our democracy and the health of our planet.

91
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're a liberal or an open minded conservative. Michael Moore has a fascinating personal story that few know.Every minute interesting.

Don't see it if you're a Trump supporter who firmly believes in his 'fake news' theory. Can't stand Michael Moore's progressive philosophy.

86
Funny, Quirky, Relevant, Historically informative

See it if You need a few laughs and need someone to prod you into action to save our Democracy

Don't see it if you're not a fan of one man shows or if you've already surrendered or if you think one man shows should draw the line at 1 hour and 1/2.

Also I was a little doubtful the first 10 minutes and thought it was just g... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of Michael Moore; you love great storytelling; you are disturbed by the state of political affairs in this country.

Don't see it if You are a supporter of President Trump.

Also There are some amazing stories here that are really thought provoking.... Read more Read less