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The Terms of My Surrender

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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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71
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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

55
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

80
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

85
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 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

75
Theater News Online

“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

80
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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Theater Life

"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

75
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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Lighting & Sound America

"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

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

“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

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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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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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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

75
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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Front Mezz Junkies

"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

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Theatre Reviews Limited

“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

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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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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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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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Front Row Center

"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

80
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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Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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

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Avg Score

90
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

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

79
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Slow

See it if you care

Don't see it if you don't care

89
Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Comic rant rant against trump

See it if like Late Night comedy monologues, are critical of the Trump administration, or curious about Michael Moore. He's very funny... on point!

Don't see it if you hate Moore, love Trump, or are looking for a well made play. This isn't a play...it's a stand up act plus. Funny, and thought provoking

86
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a one man show of pointed political satire that includes a primer on activism and what one person can achieve.

Don't see it if You endorse 45.

85
Funny, Delightful, Profound, Relevant

See it if you need to be enlightened by someone who tells it like it is. Funnier than I thought it would be. It's a fun time in the theatre, too.

Don't see it if can't face some realities and being told of these in simple words.

78
Funny, Delightful, Thought-provoking

See it if Michael Moore is surprisingly engaging and holds the audience with his wit, stories and observations. In his own way, he is a real showman.

Don't see it if With the obvious liberal view and leanings, Michael Moore is foremost entertaining while examining the world and its inhabitants.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Entertaining, Political

See it if A interesting one man show about how his past protesting got press awareness & brought light to unjustesnesss in the.🇺🇸 5calls.com do it!

Don't see it if If you voted for the moron .

85
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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.

88
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to become inspired in this time of political hell.

Don't see it if you no longer care what happens to this country, the world and all the people on this planet.

70
Clever, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if you like Michael Moore and aren't a big fan of the current administration, or you like one man shows

Don't see it if you don't like Michael Moore or his storytelling style

80
Funny, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, 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

91
Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like Michael Moore. He regales the audience with tales of his youth.

Don't see it if You are a staunch republican because Moore exposes you.

80
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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!

Also Was curious about this show. And I have to admit, I really liked it. L... Read more Read less

91
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Hilarious

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.

Also Astoundingly well-written, this show is hilariously funny, and Michael... Read more Read less

96
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

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!

85
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy straight talk, wise words, true accounts and comedy.

Don't see it if You dont like Moore, see it anyways.

70
Relevant, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Michael Moore.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Michael Moore or one-man shows.

Also I learned a lot of interesting things about Michael Moore during this ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

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

Also I don't understand reviewers who said the show was rambling. Maybe he'... Read more Read less

84
Funny, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Also Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender...Broadway, with its left lea... Read more Read less

68
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Cliched

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...

88
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

Also I was never a fan on Michael Moore, but after seeing the show gave me ... Read more Read less

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

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.

79
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

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

89
Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a surprisingly good time in the theatre and have a progressive open mind and don't like Trump

Don't see it if You are a fervent Trump supporter

Also I went with some trepidation knowing he was going to bash Trump. Don't... Read more Read less

81
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if You love Michael Moore opinions and you share them.

Don't see it if You are in the the side of the political spectrum.