The Waverly Gallery (Broadway)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

About the Show

Kenneth Lonergan’s ('Lobby Hero,' 'Manchester By the Sea') acclaimed memory play makes its Broadway premiere. Starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You want to experience theatrical greatness. A superb script, expertly acted by some of Broadway’s finest. A moving night of theatre!

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and fluffy. This is serious drama.

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Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Funny

See it if If you want to see a well written well acted play. You like Great sets.

Don't see it if If dementia bothers you or its subject matter.

Critic Reviews (62)

The New York Times
October 25th, 2018

“A group portrait, in which everyday life is distorted to the point of surrealism by the addled soul at its center. Neugebauer has assembled a dream cast to embody the collective madness that seems to descend on those closest to Gladys...As near perfect as the performances are, the physical production occasionally lets them down...Such objections dissolve as soon as Gladys and her clan reassemble into groupings that convey claustrophobic intimacy and tragic, unbridgeable distance.”
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Time Out New York
October 25th, 2018

“Lonergan's family drama, starring the great Elaine May, is an indelible portrait of loss...’The Waverly Gallery’ forces us to deal with the walking memento mori that Gladys has become, but in a way that never seems cruel...She is funny and warm and she’s familiar, which helps fill in some of the play’s emotional blanks...May receives very fine support from the rest of the ensemble of Lila Neugebauer’s steady and unforced revival.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 25th, 2018

“There’s both a lot and very little happening in...’The Waverly Gallery’...A play that’s dedicated to the meticulous commemoration of the unextraordinary...While Lonergan’s play is funny...My trouble with ‘The Waverly Gallery’, despite its painstakingly relatable dialogue and situational poignancy, is that I...wanted it to do something else too...Even in the sensitive hands of its actors, especially May and Allen, it’s an affecting play, but not a revelatory one.”
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New Yorker
October 29th, 2018

"Gladys is so much the object of our interest that a tendril of plot about real estate—the landlord wants the gallery gone—feels tacked on, and better forgotten. More fruitful is the chorus of talk that surrounds Gladys...'Waverly' will not be remembered as one of Lonergan’s major works, but this production, directed by Lila Neugebauer, showcases his great and singular talent for splitting open brisk, bookish people like these."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 25th, 2018

"While the memory play is not the most profound work of this keenly observant writer, it's probably his most personal...Neugebauer handles the gradual modulation from light comedy to searing pathos with confidence. But the play's inevitable limitation is that there's only one direction it can go...’The Waverly Gallery’ has been given a sensitive, for the most part beautifully acted production that honors the playwright's very personal stake."
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Entertainment Weekly
October 25th, 2018

‘Never quite builds to the emotional power of his memorable screen work...But it does have a movie-star cast as well as a low-key, humor-laced melancholy...Lonergan seems more engaged in tracing the fear, resentment, and gallows humor that come with caring for an aging parent, and all the ways people cope with the things they can’t control...'Waverly’ offers something else instead: an indelibly human, quietly heartbreaking study in mortality and familial love.”
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Variety
October 25th, 2018

"So the poignancy is a bit heavy-handed, even under the thoughtful direction of Lila Neugebauer. But the sentiments are genuine and the emotions they raise are potent...This is a hard play to watch - like a play that opens with a deathly ill person and doggedly follows that person to the grave. In fact, if they gave a prize for Most Depressing Play of the Season, this one would win...To be fair, there are moments of relief...A play that’s guaranteed to tear you apart."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 25th, 2018

“This revival is a close-to-ideal enactment of what might just be Lonergan’s most gripping stage play to date—which is saying something...May is not a stage actor but her lack of experience...doesn’t stop her from a performance that blends bewilderment with courage in a way that is beautifully, heartbreakingly right...Her four colleagues, Ms. Allen in particular, support her with the utmost sensitivity...Neugebauer has long since established herself as one of our best directors."
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The Observer
October 26th, 2018

"Worth seeing for the superb writing, the perfect ensemble cast, and a valiant standout performance by a lady with a lot to give, giving it all she’s got...The writing is delicate and full of pathos...Lonergan is a patient writer and Lila Neugebauer is a leisurely director, so if it was their intention to make the audience feel the same unsettling agony as Gladys’ long-suffering family, they succeed without mercy...'The Waverly Gallery' tugs at the heart but never really shatters it."
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Deadline
October 25th, 2018

“A vital comic drama that dares us to laugh before delivering the gut punch…The 'Waverly' characters talk over one another, with Neugebauer carefully charting the way, her instincts for each actor’s talents paying off tremendously...And as good as they all are, this production will be remembered for the stunning Elaine May...It feels a privilege to watch this legend transform Lonergan’s meditation on dignity, regret and ungraspable memory into something indelible and lasting."
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The Washington Post
October 25th, 2018

"Director Neugebauer and company generate all of the evening’s requisite tenseness...Lonergan’s ear for the crosscurrents of love and recrimination is as fine as that of any American dramatist. His skill gets a useful workout in 'The Waverly Gallery,' which may be his richest play, emotionally speaking. That Neugebauer forces some unneeded window dressing onto the proceedings is unfortunate...May compels audiences to the belief that they have found another great dramatic actress:”
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Chicago Tribune
October 25th, 2018

“That grinning visage, and that palpable zest for life, combine to make May’s performance...one of the most beautiful things you’ll ever see in a Broadway theater and one of the most profoundly sad...The power of this play...is that we observe with dread that some version of the fate that befalls May’s Green is most likely also waiting for us...What Hedges does capture, as do the excellent Allen and Cromer, is the frustration family members feel when one of their own starts to decline."
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New York Post
October 25th, 2018

“Lonergan’s affecting, funny-sad memory play...His keen ear for dialogue is evident, as is his knack for coaxing humor, warmth and humanity from dark circumstances...Although May anchors the show, it feels more like an ensemble piece...Neugebauer’s production boasts fine details of its own, including evocative sets and costumes true to the time, place and character."
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AM New York
October 25th, 2018

"May giving her first performance on Broadway in more than 50 years in an otherwise underwhelming revival...May is joined by an impressive ensemble...While hardly Lonergan’s finest work, it makes for a well-meaning character study that sensitively traces a woman’s descent into mental instability...May’s performance is impressively low-key and casual, so much so that it feels completely naturalistic and not like a performance at all.”
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NY1
October 25th, 2018

“Lonergan's shattering portrait of a woman's descent into senility is painful to watch, but its heartfelt honesty sets the stage for a very talented company to remind us to cherish the time we've got...Neugebauer's sensitive direction feels so natural, it's almost like eavesdropping. And while the entire cast is superlative, the show belongs almost entirely to May's beautifully measured performance...A play that delivers the hard truth about aging with eloquence and empathy.”
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Theatermania
October 25th, 2018

“In what may be his best work, Lonergan sensitively shows how age diminishes even the most formidable of us...May gives the most heartbreaking performance currently on Broadway...Neugebauer once again proves to be the master of subtle group dynamics, drawing out the subtext in Lonergan's script...We fully feel and understand the complicated mixture of love, fear, and responsibility that governs this family's interactions with its matriarch.”
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BroadwayWorld
October 25th, 2018

"Lonergan's touching and humorous piece is a memory play...A warm and heart-tugging production, bringing out the parallels of living in beloved neighborhoods that aren't what they used to be and dealing with beloved people who aren't what they used to be. An outstanding ensemble is led by comedy icon Elaine May...In May's hands, the tragedy of Gladys' decline is that we can still see her energetic lust for life and for encouraging young artists."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 5th, 2018

“Immaculate revival of Lonergan's memory play...May's work is incisively detailed, yet extraordinarily delicate; she renders her character's plight fearlessly and without a trace of sentimentality, while employing the pinpoint timing that made her the leading female comic of her generation...Neugebauer and company have an exquisitely delicate touch, treading lightly and flawlessly in a series of emotionally telling scenes."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 25th, 2018

"Anchored by the rock-solid, funny, and ultimately quite moving performance by May...The plot, the characterizations, and the production are so sketchy, choppy and underdeveloped, and the sum of the parts fails to coalesce into a cohesive whole...It may be that all of the starts and stops and nebulousness were intentional on director Neugebauer's part, the production's way of indicating that memories are often disjointed and vague. It is an arguable point...but to me at least, it isn't enough."
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New York Stage Review
October 25th, 2018

“Neugebauer moves things at a methodical, molasses-slow pace—which is entirely appropriate given the material. The events should feel painfully slow. While Hedges’ performance might seem too restrained, it matches Lonergan’s unsentimental tone perfectly. And May makes Gladys wonderfully lovable, frustrating, funny, and, to use one of her favorite words, kooky. She’s Every-grandma.”
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New York Stage Review
October 25th, 2018

“There’s not a lot that happens in this play dramatically…What makes this play succeed is precisely its familiarity…Ultimately, we know these people, and the slow sadness of Gladys’s condition, the sad way so many die today when modern medicine—and, yes, some privilege—keeps them physically fine even as their minds disappear, is heartbreaking...That’s why I found myself sobbing in the second act. And that’s why this flawed play nevertheless packs a punch."
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Broadway News
October 25th, 2018

“Superlative...Feels even more delicately but unmistakably moving nearly 20 years on...The quality of the play is here immeasurably enhanced by the excellence of the staging...All of the actors give performances deeply attuned to the studied simplicity of Longergan’s writing, which stealthily but powerfully unearths the drama...There’s no question that May is first among equals here, giving a performance of remarkable acuity...It’s a flawless performance."
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TheaterScene.net
November 6th, 2018

"The brick wall that greets you when you arrive at Broadway's Golden Theatre feels foreboding and prohibitive, as if the play that's about to begin will not let you in. But nothing could be further from the truth with Kenneth Lonergan's 'The Waverly Gallery,' a marvelous and heartfelt drama, now receiving a perfect revival under the careful direction of Lila Neugebauer."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 25th, 2018

"As dark as things get for Gladys by the end of the show, for much of it she shines. And in May’s hands she’s a glorious beacon...Funny. God, is she funny. May’s phrasing is flawless...Lonergan’s lines aren’t always humorous in and of themselves. But they’re tailor made for laughs in the mouth of a sprightly old woman...Director Lila Neugebauer’s top priority is giving May plenty of room to light up the stage. As well it should be."
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CurtainUp
October 29th, 2018

"With Elaine May starring in the top-drawer production now at the Golden Theater, Lonergan's tender but touching play based on his own grandmother is fun and funny, as well as heart-rendingly moving...Elaine May's performance a sure-fire contender for Best Leading Actress. But 'The Waverly Gallery's' welcome return to Broadway is also strongly supported by the outstanding ensemble, Lonergan's natural and emotionally authentic dialogue and Lila Neugebauer's subtle direction."
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Front Row Center
October 28th, 2018

"Although it is a sad slide, watching May navigate the splotchy fading verbal path down which her Gladys Green is careening is a thing of rare and exquisite beauty...Lonergan‘s dialogue has a beautiful rhythm to it...The plot, however, lands with a thud...The family is beyond slow on the uptake, and the presence of Don is without purpose...Still, May is the real deal and worth the trip. You will not forget watching her make magic."
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Front Mezz Junkies
November 21st, 2018

“A memory play about aging and memory loss, anchored by the untethered, magnetic, and hypnotic May...May is astounding...It’s all very touching, but somehow slightly drifting...The ending registers, despite all the clumsy brushstrokes, giving us a painting that is filled with sorrow and sadness, but clearly ‘The Waverly Gallery’ shouldn’t remain hung...on the wall next to all the other masterpieces of Lonergan’s. But maybe, it should go on May’s."
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Broadway Blog
November 5th, 2018

“There's little in Lonergan's ‘memory play’ that many subsequent plays about dementia…haven't also covered but, with May in his corner, who cares?...She steals your heart and snatches your breath with her remarkably authentic performance…May's portrayal…, combined with Lonergan's depiction of the confusion and sorrow instigated by this outspoken octogenarian's condition, create a potent clinical study...'The Waverly Gallery' is a poignant heart-tugger but it's May who will truly make your day.”
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C
October 25th, 2018

“Using her peerless comic timing as well as her finely honed dramatic chops, May (still remarkable at age 86) creates an indelible portrait of a woman whose once-nimble mind eventually comes apart at the seams and breaks into tiny fragments that can never be sewn back together.”
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DC Theatre Scene
October 25th, 2018

“Lonergan’s meticulously observed, funny and sad play about a woman’s decline and its effect on her family...May is one of five stellar cast members...They turn this 18-year-old play into…if not required, certainly well-rewarded viewing. So does Lila Neugebauer in her overdue Broadway directorial debut...The issue at center stage – the frustration of dealing with a deteriorating family member — is never less than timely.”
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Times Square Chronicles
October 27th, 2018

"May touches our hearts, holds us captive and slowly disintegrates before our eyes...As sad as this play is, it is also funny, for in deep pain comes humor. Laughter here is a shield...This play is a memory play in more ways than one. Dialogue, overlaps and at times it seems as if everyone is shattering like shards of glass. The whole cast is excellent, but it is Elaine May’s performance that is mesmerizing and deeply layered...She is the ghost of the future and it is chilling."
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The Guardian (UK)
October 25th, 2018

"Upraised by May’s toweringly fragile performance, it is as quietly and ferociously sad as anything Lonergan has ever produced...In May’s extraordinary performance, Gladys’s deterioration feels absolutely and terrifyingly real...A small play. It’s not so much a portrait as a miniature and there are moments when it doesn’t seem to quite fill the theater or earn its two-hours traffic. The characters don’t grow or change...But this is a tragedy, even if it is a minor one."
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Gotham Playgoer
October 25th, 2018

“The limited range of her facial expression weakens her performance and, therefore, the play itself. The actors playing her family are all strong. For me, the main reason to attend is to see the wonderful Allen...I found it uncomfortable to laugh at Gladys’s behavior...There was no conflict within the family how to take care of Gladys...Without a really mesmerizing Gladys, the play’s weaknesses become more apparent...Perhaps director Neugebauer could have found more depth in the play."
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The Wrap
October 25th, 2018

"What’s absent in Lonergan’s text is more than hinted at in Allen’s commanding performance. May is benignly mad on stage...She is a great actor but not a transformational one. Allen, on the other hand, is. And she miraculously melds herself into being May’s daughter without ever resorting to mimicry...Neugebauer directs the excellent performances. Less wonderful is her use of Zinn’s impressively worn and ordinary sets, which require way too much time to change.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 28th, 2018

"May is triumphant in her dramatic venture, displaying remarkable acting talent at a new level...It is one of the season’s performances not to be missed...Impeccably directed by Neugebauer with mounting tension to match the increasing desperation...Lonergan has written a play that may be especially tough to take for those who have had to deal with family members with dementia. But he has succeeded in dramatizing the problem with admirable effectiveness."
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W
October 28th, 2018

"Not that the rest of the cast are slouches, but to watch May become Gladys Green, a once vital widow descending into dementia, is an unnerving treat...The play is sensitively written. One wonders whether Lonergan meant to spare us by framing it with narration, however, which breaks momentum and somewhat alleviates impact...Lila Neugebauer’s direction is immensely humane. Much of this play emerges in simple response or lack thereof, so movement and timing are paramount."
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T
October 26th, 2018

"The new production, deftly directed by Lila Neugebauer, also offers a memorable lead turn. This time, it’s the incomparable Elaine May...May’s classic comic timing works perfectly for Gladys’ verbal ramblings and repetitions which drive her family nuts and send the audience into paroxysms of laughter...An astonishingly simple portrait of human frailty. But this 'Gallery' is also a heartbreaking ensemble piece."
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Broadway & Me
November 24th, 2018

"May turns in a performance that is heartbreaking in both its emotional and physical truthfulness...And yet the play failed to move me...Maybe it’s because of the distracting directorial and design choices that Lila Neugebauer, a usually deft director, has made in her Broadway debut. Long pauses between each scene to allow stagehands to change the sets broke the momentum of the storytelling and sucked the energy out of the whole enterprise."
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The Stage (UK)
October 25th, 2018

“Comedy and writing legend May returns to Broadway to play a woman facing the loss of her faculties in Lonergan’s elegantly low-key and sympathetic play…There’s not much in the way of plot, but the play is a beautifully etched character portrait…Neugebauer’s production is luxuriously enhanced by Zinn’s sets of Gladys’ gallery and apartment, and the stellar cast also features Allen and director/actor Cromer as Gladys’ daughter and son-in-law.”
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Stage Left
November 27th, 2018

“May gives a searingly painful and simply heartbreaking performance as a woman descending into dementia in Lonergan’s quietly sad play...Marking the Broadway debuts of director Neugebauer and actor Hedges, this naturalistic memory play is a stunning achievement in dramatizing the indignity of aging and the emotional impact of long-term care on a family unit. Perhaps Mr. Lonergan’s best play, May’s performance alone is worth the price of admission.”
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Daily Beast
October 25th, 2018

“This uneven drama wants you to laugh and cry...May is being required to play her age at its most challenging and diminishing, and she does it so well. It is painful to watch. That’s how good she is...The play, which is very static and repetitive, moves...at Gladys’ pace, and so we see the effects of Alzheimer’s on those around her keenly...The laughter around me was nervous, and the direction that encourages that laughter feels just as nervous. Just what does this play want us to do?"
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DC Metro Theater Arts
November 18th, 2018

"One of those rare occurrences in art in which everything comes together perfectly and affects profoundly. It is brimming with real human experiences, emotions, and empathy, poignantly written, compellingly acted, seamlessly directed, and evocatively designed...In a brilliant return to the stage, Elaine May, under the superb direction of Lila Neugebauer, fully inhabits the role of Gladys...This is theater that not only observes life, but can also make a difference."
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City Cabaret
November 6th, 2018

"A touching memory play...It offers no happy ending, a trail of losses, anger, frustration, a picture of decline and dependency, eloquently honest and crushingly sad...Lonergan's dialogue, with characters often talking over each other, is always as natural as eavesdropping on a bus. The link between his characters rings true and above everything, Elaine May is poignant and authentic with on-target timing."
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scribicide
December 4th, 2018

"'The Waverly Gallery' is a serviceable tearjerker...But the real strength of this production is its performers."
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NewNowNext.com
October 29th, 2018

"The cast is very good and Hedges does the best he can with the rather colorless role of the grandson/narrator...But Elaine is pretty much the whole show to the point where you miss her when she’s offstage...May not be a great play, but it’s a great showcase, and as directed by Lila Neugebauer with some overlapping dialogue and fuzzy-memory projections when the set’s being changed, it lets us remember how divine Elaine May is."
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Newsday
October 25th, 2018

“Engrossing and heartbreaking...With little plot beyond the owner of the gallery threatening to turn it into a restaurant, the play, directed by Neugebauer, is not without flaws. It drags early on, and fuzzy projections of the past add little to frequent scene changes…The drama gets its strength from the fine performances and from the horrific reality of a situation far too many of us know well.”
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NJ.com
October 25th, 2018

“There's much to admire about ‘The Waverly Gallery’...May's portrayal of Gladys is persuasive and moving...But at times, it's a struggle to hear her; other times, her grasp of this complicated character feels uncertain. This may very well be the point...but still the performance comes off as not entirely controlled...This nearly plotless drama probably had more of an impact two decades ago...The actors are endearing and intermittently affecting, but never quite click as an ensemble.”
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StageZine
October 29th, 2018

"For a play of this nature, you have to start with an outstanding ensemble cast. I have to start by thanking Elaine May for bringing my late mother (who suffered from the same disease) to life and showing, with heartbreaking accuracy, what she went through those last few years of her life...What makes 'The Waverly Gallery' a must-see is that it is a life history lesson."
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T
November 2nd, 2018

“Poignant and funny...This revival, under Neugebauer’s sensitive direction, has May...May painfully and perfectly captures the bewilderment and anxiety of no longer understanding what’s happening to the world you once knew. May’s Gladys is part clueless, part achingly aware her body and mind are failing her. Hedges is particularly fine not only in his scenes with his family but also as the narrator who breaks the fourth wall to let the audience know he is now older and wiser.”
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
November 12th, 2018

"Rings truer than any play I’ve seen in memory because it reminds me of my mother rings truer than any play I’ve seen in memory because it reminds me of my mother...Lila Neugebauer‘s direction is as sensitive as Lonergan's writing: Her pacing suggests both the passage of time past, and lapses in the present. The God-gifted, impeccable comic timing of Elaine May, illuminates many funny, sometimes absurd, moments."
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What's On Stage (UK)
October 30th, 2018

"The play is oddly structured; there's a hopeless artist character who seems to have no purpose (though he is nicely played by Michael Cera) and although Lila Neugebauer's direction is both sensitive and fine-tuned, precisely capturing the rhythms of the dialogue and the tensions of the pain, the action is interrupted by the long scene changes between David Zinn's realistic sets. There is, however, no mistaking its truth, or its insight...But it's May's night."
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Medium
November 14th, 2018

"The story of the gradual decline in the health, hearing, and memory of Gladys...The piece is a memory play, sporadically narrated by her grandson Daniel, played by Lucas Hedges...His performance is a bit stiff and awkward, but then again he is not given much to work with character-wise. The same can be said of the other somewhat underdeveloped characters...They just are not noteworthy, especially next to the extraordinary presence of Elaine May."
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Drama Queen NYC
November 3rd, 2018

“A very good play about Alzheimer’s, with some lighthearted stuff to make it all easier to take (until it isn’t). And at the heart of this revival is a stunning performance from the legendary Elaine May...It takes a razor-sharp mind to convey that change over the course of an evening, and May is sharp as a tack – even if Gladys isn’t – giving us a mesmerizing portrayal of fragility and decline. Recommended.”
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The Clyde Fitch Report
October 26th, 2018

"May’s trademark wit is subsumed into Gladys...The playwright’s structure mutes, strangely, the emotional punch of Gladys’ story. There are focused, resonant moments, to be sure, but sometimes we want to be closer to the parts of the story that occur off-stage...A deeply nuanced yet emotionally distant play. Still, director Lila Neugebauer elicits some marvelous performances and also creative cross-talking from a solid cast."
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Show Showdown
November 25th, 2018

"Directed by Lila Neugebauer and performed by a strong and likeable cast, the Broadway production accepts Lonergan's early piece for what it is: a gentle, unfussy memory play about somebody's gradual loss of it. This production is as straightforward as the play itself...Still: basic and straightforward are not necessarily bad or amateur, and in this case both work exceptionally well...The strong acting, of course, helps a lot."
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M
November 8th, 2018

“The play is cleverly staged. The brick wall curtain serves as a screen between scenes showing how things have changed over the years in Greenwich Village from the 1960s to 1980s. Daniel speaking directly to the audience is very affecting. Allen & Hedges are excellent in their roles. May gives a powerhouse performance. Lonergan's brilliant play is a potent reminder to listen to each other...A masterpiece and May is a miraculous force of nature.”
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Showbiz 411
November 1st, 2018

"Now you must run to see May in 'The Waverly Gallery' on Broadway before the comedy closes...I went through it with three grandparents and a great aunt. You just have to live it. And so the audience does, laughing wryly and uproariously...Lucas Hedges, ok, he is the real thing, he’s turning into an actor’s actor at almost 22. God bless him. He’s channeling an older generation. Joan Allen– she has a Tony Award and three Oscar nominations– just shows she is much missed."
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Journal Inquirer
November 3rd, 2018

“There are no adequate accolades to describe May’s performance...Under the fantastic direction of Neugebauer, May plays Green, an elderly woman who...is suffering from dementia...May’s performance is so convincing...The supporting cast gives a great performance as well. Allen, in particular...’The Waverly Gallery’ is a fantastic, but sometimes tough to get through, piece of theater, especially for audience members who have experienced the tragedy that is dementia.”
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JK's Theatre Scene
November 7th, 2018

“Save for the occasional direct address to the audience, the work is harsh in its realistic naturalism...It feels like we are observing lives through a window...It is amazing that such a heartbreaking play can also be so entertaining...Though his metaphors are occasionally obvious, Lonergan's play is a brave mix of sentimentality and harsh reality...A thoroughly engrossing, emotional ride that will leave you spent but thrilled."
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Third Coast Review
November 11th, 2018

"Elaine May...handles the role of Gladys Green...with great skill and warmth. The performances of Lucas Hedges...and Joan Allen...are especially strong...Lila Neugebauer’s direction is careful and sympathetic...A memory play in the theatrical sense, but it’s really a play about memory loss and what that means to the individual in decline as well as those around her...This superb production is well worth seeing because of the excellent writing and direction and the sterling performances."
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Gay City News
November 8th, 2018

"Elaine May is absolutely luminous...May fills her portrayal with nuance and a kind of physicality that will be all-too familiar to anyone who has confronted this illness in real life...Despite this bravura performance, the play itself is slim and unsatisfying...Characters circle around Gladys, but they exist primarily in reaction to her illness and so come off as flat...Aside from the joy of watching Elaine May still in top form, this is a grim evening that offers neither catharsis, perspective, nor solace."
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Theater News Online
October 17th, 2018

"Lonergan, who has a genius for dialogue that sounds ordinary while carrying vast emotional weight, makes Gladys the enduring subject of one of our worst fears...Lila Neugebauer has staged a production sublimely keyed to the nuances of character while never losing sight of the overwhelmingly sad tale within. And I’ll wager Elaine May is masterfully in touch with Gladys’ soul as well as her lines. She makes the danger palpable."
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