The Terms of My Surrender
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The Terms of My Surrender
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The Terms of My Surrender NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(307 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
Members say
Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (307)

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286 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Resonant, Must see

See it if You want to see a captivating one man performance that effortlessly transitions from hysterical to poignant to crushingly sad to inspiring!

Don't see it if You disagree with Michael Moore's politics or are only interested in big spectacle!

61 Reviews | 35 Followers
100
Edgy, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

See it if YOU STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THAT ORANGE @#$% IS OUR PRESIDENT.

Don't see it if YOU ARE A TRUMP SUPPORTER

120 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Profound

See it if U r not a Trump fan, like Michael Moore, want to laugh a lot & be thoroughly entertained. Enjoy the surprise ending. Learn a bit of history

Don't see it if U r a Trump fan and don't want to see the light about him and his presidency

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
100
Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Masterful

See it if U like fun & are open minded to see what else Michael Moore can do on a Bway stage that is not his usual turf. U can respect different views

Don't see it if U cannot tolerate the right to free speech & different political viewpoints but this show has so much more interesting entertainment. Read more

69 Reviews | 20 Followers
99
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You think you know who Michael Moore is or what he is about. You will be surprised to learn how he got where he is and how funny karma is.

Don't see it if You are a constipated conservative with a tightly closed mind. If you are a conservative who is willing to hear the truth about Moore, go!

83 Reviews | 57 Followers
99
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're open-minded and enjoy thought provoking shows. I'm not a big Michael Moore fan, but after seeing this show, I have newfound respect!

Don't see it if are a die-hard conservative and/or close-minded. You probably won't like it. Read more

115 Reviews | 47 Followers
98
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Masterful

See it if If you need to be educated in how an individual can effect change. You like to laugh and be inspired to do something. You like insight

Don't see it if If you want a simple evening of laughs and don't care to learn. If you don't like one person shows or love Trump

62 Reviews | 20 Followers
97
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if A must see for progressives to come together and plan working to make tRump a one term president. Funny, smart and necessary!

Don't see it if You voted for tRump.

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
August 10th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
August 11th, 2017

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 10th, 2017

"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."
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Deadline
August 10th, 2017

"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."
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New York Daily News
August 10th, 2017

"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."
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Variety
August 10th, 2017

"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.'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 10th, 2017

"'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."
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The Observer
August 11th, 2017

“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.”
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