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"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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
“A loose-jointed and agreeable tour through his career...‘The Terms of My Surrender’ keeps returning to a basic but powerful point: Nothing will change unless you do something. To illustrate this truth, Moore uses himself as an example – yes, that involves some back-patting, but in a charming, self-deprecating way...Judged as theater – political or otherwise – ‘The Terms of My Surrender’ is not high on drama or surprises, but it’s a genial, valedictory piece of civic service.” Full Review
"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
"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
"Moore preaches to the choir on the current dark political climate, taking occasional detours to relive past insurrections and play game-show parodies with the audience...Moore is not a Broadway-caliber comic and he mocks his lack of musical skills with a refreshing self deprecation but his delivery is sincere and his expressions and timing produce laughs. Director Michael Mayer delivers a smooth, professional evening, with strong visual support." Full Review
"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
"A free-form, ripped-from-the-headlines affair, marked by a wild, anything-goes vibe...Moore is an adept stand-up comic....He wisecracks with élan...earning his fair share of laughs...Moore was smart enough to sign up a team of theatrical professionals for his Broadway debut, which has a pleasing slickness...All of this is orchestrated with admirable skill by the director Michael Mayer; however, he would do well to trim about ten minutes from the running time." Full Review
“For all Moore's preaching to the choir…the audience, apart from when it's laughing, never once reacts with the vitriolic glee of Trump's base at one of his rallies. The contrast is awesomely depressing…Moore is a compelling presence who knows how to play his audience but what he says in 'The Terms of My Surrender' is too familiar to be consistently funny…Even though the show's a hodgepodge that's all over the place, it's still nice to share its pungency with others feeling the same pain.” Full Review
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
“Listening to Michael Moore suggest ‘How We Got Here’…is gratifying and energizing. It would be better to hear more of Mr. Moore’s engaging stories with less interruption...In short, the effect of Michael Moore’s monologue is a significant contribution to the discussion about what Americans can and should do in the current political upheaval…If anything could strengthen Michael Moore’s persuasive monologue, it would be more rhetorical logos and ethos.” Full Review
"The show is surprisingly humorous and filled with stories that are meant to inspire and inform...There are many moments that border on the self-congratulatory, but also feel important and inspirational. Others feel like old late-night talk-show skits that have lost their political zing...Moore is preaching to a New York like-minded liberal choir, and begging us, in essence, to stand up and do something, no matter how small or insignificant it feels at the time." Full Review
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Moore makes you laugh at the absurdity of it all so that we can stop breathing in shallow fear for a moment...There is no set script because, to my great pleasure, Moore includes discussion of today’s news...And...there’s a young woman—gorgeous, expressive, and super talented ...and cops...and—SQUEEE!—male strippers!!! So, go get entertained!" Full Review
"A political pep rally spiced with Moore’s entertaining persona. It is surprising what an excellent comedian he can be...An unusual—and enjoyable—Broadway theater outing...I wondered how Moore could hold even en enthusiastic crowd for that long. But lo and behold, the time breezed by (with only a slight lull here and there) as Moore held firm command, veering from immensely entertaining and often hilarious segments, to his very serious effort to change the political landscape." Full Review
See it if you enjoy Michael Moore's other work, enjoy political comedy/commentary, and care about our current state of affairs.
Don't see it if you don't care about politics or the state of America today or dislike guest appearances.
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
See it if You ever wondered who MM is, are interested in current events & how we got here, wondered what you can do, are stressed with current events.
Don't see it if You voted for the other guy, are not politically inclined, expect a musical or Bway fanfare, don't like one man shows, you don't care!
See it if You take an interest in politics and want insight from someone who has been at the forefront for a long time.
Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter. Or, if you do support Trump, you are open to other points of view.
See it if You like Michael Moore, or great stories on making a difference. Liberals will love while conservatives likely condemn. Fantastic show
Don't see it if You are a conservative or don't like liberal leanings of Michael Moore. Great show though!
See it if You need some inspiration to power you through the current administration, you enjoy a (mostly) one-man show, you are open to Michael Moore
Don't see it if You are easily depressed by the news, you refuse to learn, you voted for Trump and have no interest in truth or justice
See it if you're left wing, seeking approval and validation, or someone who doesn't mind a dissenting opinion, or someone seeking to be entertained
Don't see it if you are right wing and closed minded. Dislike political pieces or are someone looking for a "play". This is more a stand-up comedy act.
See it if You are not only very liberal, but want to go to a pep rally for obvious talking points. Some points were interesting, but overall too MUCH
Don't see it if you don't feel like being hit over the head with stuff you already believe in. Went on too long...
See it if you are political or not, was a great show about one mans journey through politics. The show changed my opinion on Michael Moore.
Don't see it if you are a die hard fan of Trump. Still worth seeing, to get a different insight on things.
See it if (even if) you think you know what's going on with US politics. Want to laugh a lot while you learn. Admired Moore but weren't really a fan.
Don't see it if you don't give a damn about our country. Because you're a Republican ? No see it because you are.
See it if you like Trump bashing. Although it went behind that to the root of the problem with government the establishment. There is a theme.
Don't see it if you hate Trump bashing. But overall its entertaining and worth seeing. I would of scored it in the 80's if it wasn't for all the Trump stuff
See it if you hate Trump and want to hear a good story-teller's call to action with stories of how one person taking small steps can spark big change
Don't see it if you are a fan of Trump or hate overly long shows that are a bit self-indulgent
See it if Hey, it's Michael Moore, folks: you know what to expect, and you'll love him if you agree with him. He'll remind you to speak up and vote.
Don't see it if If you're a Republican and tend toward apoplexy, get a note from your doctor.
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!
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 wanna hear real truth! Michael Moore is surprisingly enjoyable to watch on stage!
Don't see it if You're a narrow minded a-hole who has no interesting in changing your mind (in other words, a republican)
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
See it if You really want to hear someone who is a great storyteller. I don't agree with everything Moore says but he is a phenomenal speaker
Don't see it if You like Trump or You can't sit through almost 2 1/2 hours without an intermission. You're Sick of political talk