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. Read more
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 Read more
See it if you're ok w/ a non-show show. TERMS isn't typical theater, but I was thoroughly engaged. MM will convince you to fight the good fight.
Don't see it if you're conservative or want a typical B'way show. I put off going, but I'm glad I went. You'll feel braver, stronger, more focused on action Read more
See it if You are liberal or anti-trump. You like well told stories. You want your eyes opened to some scary stuff.
Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter. You don't like Michael Moore or political satire.
See it if well told funny stories with a political edge interest you. The events of Michael Moore's life are extremely entertaining.
Don't see it if you are not interested in political rhetoric. There is no play no drama but lots of character.
See it if you're a Michael Moore fan, don't like Donald Trump or Republicans, interested in Moore's development and enjoy laughing & a call to action
Don't see it if you are a die-hard Trump fan or evil captain of industry, can't stand the films & actions of Michael Moore, think the US is doing well
See it if Politically it's 'preaching to the choir' which is fine (& well handled) It's the personal antidotes from Moore's life that fascinate/shine
Don't see it if Moore's 'shaggy-dog' persona sometimes grates & can feel calculated, The special guest spot sucks energy from the show
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.
"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."
"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."
"That should be uplifting. Moore wants to uplift...So why does 'The Terms of My Surrender' feel so uninspiring? First of all, because it’s almost entirely unsurprising...Feels like a live version of my Facebook feed: a few good stories and a boatload of preaching to the choir...'The Terms of My Surrender' might look like a play, but make no mistake: This is not theater...The best moments in 'The Terms of My Surrender' come when Michael Moore pauses for a moment simply to tell us a story."
"'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."
"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.'"
“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.”
"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."
"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."