Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

The Waverly Gallery (Broadway)

From 584 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

2h 15m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (584)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
Avg Score

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.

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.

Realistic, Sentimental, Funny, Warm, Sad

See it if Realistic portrayal of the decline, lightened by humor. Beautifully acted. Promotes loving care even as the ability to connect is lost.

Don't see it if Straightforward story; no surprises. Not as dark as my own experience caring for a parent with dementia. Superfluous 4th wall breaks.

Absorbing, Great acting, Heartbreaking, Funny, Poignant

See it if you want to see Elaine May give a canny, penetrating perf as a proud, accomplished woman losing her mind, her purpose & her quality of life.

Don't see it if u've been affected by the tragic demise of a loved one to dementia & don't want to relive it via a realistic dramatization of the affliction

Also While you can't take your eyes off of Elaine May whenever she is on st... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if An excellent ensemble esp May who thankfully (suprisingly) finds the balance between poignancy & annoyance keep our interest in a thin drama

Don't see it if Despite fine production values & Neugebauer's taut staging, Lonergan's depressing dementia drama is needlessly one note Worthy nonetheless

Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting by the whole cast in a view of difficult subject presented in an entertaining, seamless fashion passing 2+ hours fast

Don't see it if you are not ready to view hardships of loss of memory for an individual, family embers and others or to laugh about circumstances presented.

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Profound

See it if you want to experience a magnificent performance. Elaine May is astounding. A disturbing subject presented with humor & sensitivity.

Don't see it if family themed plays, particularly those about aging distress you.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if The impact of dementia on those in the orbit of an aging gallery owner. Fine cast all around, but the spotlight shines brightly on rare May.

Don't see it if The drama is standard, but the rarely-seen and never forgotten, May, injects something more into her heartbreaking performance.

Great acting, Upsetting, Resonant, Uneven, Engaging

See it if you don't want to miss an extraordinary performance by Elaine May. Seriously. Wow.

Don't see it if you're going for any other reason than seeing Elaine May's extraordinary performance.

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Sad, Real

See it if Dealing with a family member who gets dementia.

Don't see it if Dementia, upsetting to watch this play.

Also Story of a women who really lived life to the fullest but the demon De... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if Elaine May's performance is incredible, not to be missed. Topic (Alzheimers) is important but some may not want to sit through a play on it.

Don't see it if You want something light. This is sad, depressing, real. I was never bored. However, I was not as moved as I expected. Certainly realistic.

Also I was impressed by the many scene changes, great sets. Usually you can... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Want to see a perfect performance by Elaine may.

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch a womans demise from a terrible disease

Also When I see plays that deal with someone dying I always worry about the... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Intense, Sad

See it if You like great acting and a heartbreaking story.

Don't see it if You don't like weak transitions and a 2hr play without intermission.

Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You’re interested in dramas about elderly parents slipping into dementia.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a light hearted show. It does run a bit too long.

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Must see, Touching

See it if you love terrific acting, good writing, and a story that will break your heart and have you laughing out loud.This hits all the right notes

Don't see it if you don't want to think about aging parents, Alzheimers, end of life decisions.This play deals with all of that in a sensitive, funny way

Great acting, Predictable

See it if you like shows where all characters are compassionate & caring. No villains or plot contrivances.

Don't see it if No revelations either. Photorealistic enactment of disease progression & effect on family. No attempt at intrigue/subverting expectations.

Also Marjorie Prime (Jordan Harrison) and The Treasurer (Max Posner) covere... Read more Read less

Heartbreaking, Great acting, Profound

See it if you'll enjoy an extraordinary cast in an unflinching look at aging.

Don't see it if you only like happy endings.

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Sad, Absorbing

See it if you like family dramas/dramedies and appreciate great acting. The cast is terrific. The humor works and it was entertaining throughout.

Don't see it if the subject is too emotional and close to home for you (the decline of an aging relative with dementia)

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a well written well performed piece on aging alzheimers and the effects on the family. Elaine May is incredible

Don't see it if seeing aging and alzheimers graphically presented on stage is a hard pill to swallow

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Touching, Sad with humorous moments

See it if Story about dementia; its effect on the woman with it & on the people who surround her, see the different nuances as the disease progresses

Don't see it if don't want a show about dementia & reactions to it by relatives that go from humor to extreme frustration

Also The detailed sets of the gallery & 2 apartments are great but the scen... Read more Read less

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Sad

See it if you'd want to see a masterful Elaine May portraying a woman’s disappearance into dementia.

Don't see it if you’re only here for the movie stars (all of whom lend capable support) - May is the heart of this piece.

Tender, Wonderful acting, Thoughtful, Truthful

See it if A poignant, honest look at a family dealing with the scourge of senility with love, dignity & humor and the most perfect cast anywhere.

Don't see it if Not everyone likes drama to contain such realistic issues, but the play encompasses all the emotions a family feels. My favorite Lonergan.

Gutting, Bleak, 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

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!

Funny, Excruciating

See it if How a family handles a grandma quickly deteriorating with Alzheimer's. Funny banter in between issues of the burden of elderly care & change

Don't see it if Hits too close to home (Alzheimer's and elderly care). Michael Cera's a minor character.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40. Side orchestra row J.

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 produ...
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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...
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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 poignanc...
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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...
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