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

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Sad

See it if If you love stories with deeply resonant plots, this play is for you. With only 5 characters to absorb, this play moves quickly.

Don't see it if If you don't like plays in general, this may not be for you.

During previews
Cliched, Banal, Great acting, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if I wanted to love it more, but Joan Allen is great.

Don't see it if Yopu can pass

During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Funny, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if Given the amazing cast, I had higher hopes for this show.

Don't see it if It's not really worth it, unfortunately.

During previews
Profound, Riveting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You know someone with an aging parent

Don't see it if You want a funny show.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Relevant

See it if Deeply moving, touching. Frightening if you're old enough to fear dementia.

Don't see it if You don't want to leave depressed. First act is very funny but things go downhill fast in the second act.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer. The performances were great overall.

Don't see it if you are dealing with the failing health of your loved ones as it might hit a bit close to home. Or if you're having a midlife crisis.

During previews

See it if The show was very well acted. The characters were true to life. The story was very absorbing, but a bit depressing. Still, I would recommend

Don't see it if It might be a bit much for older theatergoers. One of the main characters is a woman in her 80s with dementia. It is sad and depressing.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to witness great acting in a relatable topic.

Don't see it if You have someone going through the stages of dementia. It might be too close to home for you.

During previews
Great staging, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if If you are up for a drama based on the issues surrounding care for an aging parent. And if you are fans of Elaine May, Lucas Hedges.

Don't see it if If you are not in the mood to see a drama regarding the issues of caring for an aging parent.

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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