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The Terms of My Surrender

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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. More…

'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').

1h 50m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (306)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
81
Avg Score

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Inspiring

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

Also I expected the show to be smart and funny, but I didn't expect it to b... Read more Read less

57
Indulgent, Boring, Excruciatingly slow, Rambling, 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

50
Disappointing, Indulgent, 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

76
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Long, Profound

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.

84
Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Must see, Uneven, Not a play

See it if you don't think that the actions of one person can bring about great change. Lots of cool stories here about just that.

Don't see it if you're expecting an engaging night of theatermaking. This is part rally, part stand up, part lecture. Not a play. That said, I recommend it.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

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

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.

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

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.

76
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if and ONLY if you are a liberal; otherwise, be prepared to get angry & annoyed. Moore's rant really hits home on many levels, & more so daily

Don't see it if you are a right wing conservative; you won't like it at all.

Also I heard so many disparaging comments about this show that I was going ... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Funny, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love this country and enjoy intelligent humor especially if you voted for Trump

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason

78
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a relevant show about the state of the country. Moore also shares thoughtful/funny anecdotes about taking small actions

Don't see it if you support Trump's political agenda, don't want to hear Moore rambling at times, or don't like long shows without an intermission

78
Very good. great stories. political

See it if You like michael Moore and his politics.

Don't see it if You voted trump!

75
Entertaining, Preaches to the choir, Ramblings, Needs a red pen, Gag sequences bolster the show

See it if you like Michael Moore, agree on the need for action or can allow yourself to be convinced

Don't see it if you are unable to hear anything other than what Fox News has told you

95
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Must see, Brllliant

See it if you are a liberal democrat & like to be surrounded by like minded folks.Moore is funny, angry, and 100% right on. Staging is well done.

Don't see it if you voted for Trump and still think you did the right thing.

80
Hilarious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are a liberal or a Michael Moore fan. If you enjoy political comedy and non-sequential story telling.

Don't see it if if you are a Trump supporter, not a Michael Moore fan (probably mutually exclusive!), and you prefer non-political traditional shows.

70
Self-indulgent, Could be shorter, Funny at times, Thought-provoking

See it if you're familiar with Michael Moore and want to hear some entertaining personal anecdotes and stories.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of one man shows or don't want to be reminded of the election.

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

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.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if You are willing to explore the Democratic perspective during a Trump presidency; surprisingly enjoyable; excellent storyteller; moving

Don't see it if You want a break from the pollitical reality we live in; are seeking a musical or escapism; is a rally cry to 2020

Also The speaking to the choir moments garnered lots of applause but got ol... Read more Read less

81
Clever, Riveting, Relevant

See it if If you want to see Michael Moore at his best. A show to enlighten the electorate...and their lack of comprehension of politics.

Don't see it if If you are a Trump supporter!

68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Funny, Cliched, Self-congratulatory

See it if you can live with the enjoyable parts of this totalling half an hour. Moore's stories of his youth activism are enjoyable and engaging.

Don't see it if the other 2 hours of his "I was right!" schtick will grate. Moore blaming Dems for GOP wrongs is the kind of "activism" that got us here.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if You are interested in how Michael Moore believes one person can change the world. - and examples of how they have! It's his call to arms.

Don't see it if You can't bear the title. Even though it's not just about Trump, it is MM encouraging us all to become activists. A brave stand he practices

Also note: the show I saw had no "special guest" and ran about 100 minutes.... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Indulgent, Funny, Thought-provoking, Inaccurate

See it if you can laugh despite the inaccuracies and falsehoods. Parts reminded me of a 6th grade rant. If Moore really wants change, he needs truth

Don't see it if you know enough to tell fact from propaganda.

Also A good example of inaccuracy is when Moore spends a great deal of time... Read more Read less

79
Resonant, Relevant, Funny, Political, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in "liberal" politics, current issues, political humor and some pertinent insights into the "state" of our country.

Don't see it if you dislike political commentary, "liberal" political philosophy, a rather long 1 man show and have a favorable opinion of our president.


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 the...
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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 no...
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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 S...
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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 May...
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