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New York | 2h 15m | Ends Jan 27

The Waverly Gallery (Broadway)

From 52 critic and 289 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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. More…

'The Waverly Gallery' is about the final  years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, 'The Waverly Gallery' captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.



95
Broadway News

“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." Full Review

95
Melinda's Malarky

“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.” Full Review

95
Journal Inquirer

“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.” Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

“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." Full Review

90
Theatermania

“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.” Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"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." Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"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." Full Review

90
The Wall Street Journal

“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." Full Review

90
NY1

“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.” Full Review

90
City Cabaret

"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." Full Review

90
Theater Life

“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.” Full Review

90
TheaterScene.net

"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." Full Review

90
StageZine

"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." Full Review

90
Off Script with Dan Dwyer

"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." Full Review

90
Deadline

“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." Full Review

85
The New York Times

“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.” Full Review

85
DC Theatre Scene

“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.” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"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." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

“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.” Full Review

85
Theater News Online

"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." Full Review

85
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"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." Full Review

85
Theater Life

"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." Full Review

85
Chicago Tribune

“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." Full Review

85
The Washington Post

"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:” Full Review

85
NewNowNext.com

"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." Full Review


100
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see one of the greatest actresses of all time (Elaine May) deliver a brilliant performance; you appreciate great ensemble acting

Don't see it if if you are uncomfortable watching plays about aging and dementia

Also What a fantastic play, great writing, amazing acting - Elaine May's pe... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if brilliant, understated acting is your thing, you can handle challenging and harsh reality being portrayed.

Don't see it if your sensitive to issues of aging and/or dementia.

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a great playwright at his best with superb acting and theme that touches the heart.

Don't see it if You don’t like family dramas or plays concerned with mental illness.

Also This play was totally moving and left me with the desire to live every... Read more Read less

98
Funny, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to laugh and cry. See it so when your parent needs you, you will have some clue about how to care for them.

Don't see it if you do not care about old people. Don't see it if great acting and ensemble pieces don't appeal to you.

Also The writing is marvelous. You will be touched by the performances and ... Read more Read less

97
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You want to see a beautiful, human story brought to life by an ensemble of phenomenal actors.

Don't see it if A story that deals with dementia will hit too close to home.

Also Elaine May gives one of the greatest performances that I have ever see... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want to see Elaine May at her best; you can deal with a play that explores the ravages of dementia for the whole family

Don't see it if you are looking for a comedy or a musical

96
Funny, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like family oriented stories and aren’t afraid of things getting very real and difficult.

Don't see it if you are very sensitive to the loss of a loved one (specifically parent/grandparent) or you don’t want to think about life and death

95
Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You’re ready for a touching, loving, and surprisingly witty view of the hardships of aging

Don't see it if You want a escapist evening. This is a unswerving look at family love and sorrow

Also Another great Kenneth Lonergan script. The cast is astonishing. Elaine... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Great writing

See it if You enjoy seeing a drama with an excellent cast. Be prepared to wipe away some tears.

Don't see it if This hits too close to home and/or not ready to be on an emotional roller coaster ride.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you like small intimate plays with outstanding casts about subject matter that will resonate with almost all adults

Don't see it if you can't deal with emotional subject matter or "small" plays

Also This is an exquisite production of Kenneth Lonergan's play. Elaine May... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if a brilliantly acted and often hysterically funny memory play about the decline into dementia and death.

Don't see it if the subject matter is very sad and often disturbing. the play deals directly with relationships, aging, dementia and death.

95
Poinant story of loving someone with dementia

See it if Elaine May has to get a tony for this performance. It may be the best performance I will see in my lifetime. The rest of the acting, espec

Don't see it if If you are currently loving someone who has altzheimer’s or dementia this might hit too close to home. My mom demented just before she

Also Joan Allen was stellar.... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Powerful, Poinient

See it if You love a play relevant to issues of aging and family dynamics. It’s a well written script performed to perfection. Creative staging.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment. This is dealing with a heavy topic.

Also This is a must see for anyone dealing with a family member with dement... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Awesome Night at the Theater Brilliant Acting A Must See

Don't see it if you hate Great Theater LOL

93
Bleak, Gutting, Intelligently- and sensitively-performed, May is phenomenal: you’ll send your heart out to her, Awakening to the harsh-realities of age

See it if you like memory plays and family dramas showing the all-too-real effects of Alzheimer’s and aging (how it effects the sufferer, her family).

Don't see it if an older woman's mental unraveling that is so realistic and depressing it'll leave a lump in your throat is too bleak; dislike memory plays.

Also A memory play, The Waverly Gallery centers upon speech-writer Daniel R... Read more Read less

92
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love low-key yet intensely observed shows concerning dementia.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a realistic yet restrained take on the ravages of dementia on a family.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Great writing

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.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Elaine May and rest of cast.

Don't see it if Afraid to confront life's reality of frailty.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like a solid play even about a sad topic.

Don't see it if A very difficult topic will upset you.

Also First Act was funny - Second Act gripping and heart-wrenching. Well do... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you are looking for a play that depicts the realities of aging

Don't see it if you are only into musical comedy

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are an Elaine May fan. She is BRILLIANT in the role

Don't see it if you are disturbed by the slow decline and onset of Alzheimers. Heartbreaking piece with a strong cast. Go!

90
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant

See it if ... you want to see great ensemble acting in a play of utter relevance and insight.

Don't see it if You want something joyful. This is not, although there are moments of joy watching the actors interact, especially Elaine May.

Also One of the subjects if this play (there are several) is the impact of ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see the impeccable Elaine May break hearts in her return to Broadway among a uniformly excellent cast.

Don't see it if You can’t handle seeing a difficult subject matter like dementia coming to life onstage.

90
Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Heart breaking

See it if Just see it. It's a masterful look at the flaws and humanity of aging. The writing is brilliant, the acting superb, and the design perfect

Don't see it if It you are not in the mood to weep, don't see this show. Although you really should see this show.

Also There is a quiet resonance of dealing with someone you love who is agi... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you miss straight plays on Broadway, you want to experience what true superior stagecraft offers - writing, directing, acting. It's all here

Don't see it if you are now going through the intensity of losing an elderly loved one to dementia. It's intense. The direction spotlights loss & losing.

Also Elaine May is heralded rightfully in the part of Gladys. I've seen her... Read more Read less


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