Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Therese Raquin

From 212 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Slow

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Keira Knightley's Broadway debut in a new adaption of the Emile Zola novel, a tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt. More…

A quiet young woman with a restless spirit, Thérèse submits to a loveless life at the side of her weak and selfish husband…until she meets his childhood friend Laurent. Consumed by their desire for each other, Thérèse and Laurent dream of the day they can finally be together. When their overwhelming passion spins violently out of control, they realize that love can be a dangerous game, and sometimes there is no winner.

2h 20m | Already closed | Studio 54 (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (212)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Slow
Avg Score

Fascinating, Intense, Director-issues, Great production values, Ambitious

See it if I was an outlier as a TR fan. KK's perf was stiff, but I blame the director. Her perf undermined the affair's power, but TR's still haunting

Don't see it if And the sets, costumes, staging were exquisite (water scene, suspended bedroom). Judith L was outstanding. I found TR a satisfying evening.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you like an edgy, good acting piece. very good directing, show moves along nicely.

Don't see it if moves slow at one part, it does keep you interested, however, throughout.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Compelling, Resonant

See it if you want to get swept up in a suspenseful romantic story with a BEAUTIFUL set.

Don't see it if you need a fast-paced show.

Flawed theatrical realization of towering novel, displays keira's limitations

See it if you appreciate Keira working her a** off in her role, and a brilliant set that evokes gothic mood and features a simulated river on stage

Don't see it if you don't appreciate obvious foreshadowing, and Knightley's limitations as a stage actress - big cinematic moments over realistic gestures

Moody, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Atmospheric

See it if you're looking for something a bit dark, moody, and well acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy.

Great staging, Epic, Slow, Romantic, Excruciating

See it if You like classic melodrama and/or Judith Light.

Don't see it if You dislike heavy dramas.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Original, Resonant

See it if If you enjoy a well- made play with original staging.

Don't see it if You only like theatre that tells its story in 90 minutes.

Great staging, Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a fantastic scenic design and/or are a Judith Light fan.

Don't see it if you like plays that move at a brisk pace.

Great staging, Cliched, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a wonderful set and some very good performances.

Don't see it if You have a problem with women being victims, or with watching really uninspirational behavior in pretty much everyone in the story.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting, Intense

See it if You don't mind a story which, while absorbing, is relentlessly miserable.

Don't see it if You're looking for a feel-good show. Knightley's performance was a little weird.

Bleak, Romantic, Intense, Slow, Great staging

See it if you're a Keira Knightley fan or want to see a beautiful set featuring an on-stage river.

Don't see it if you aren't into dark, slow dramas.

Enchanting, Ambitious, Resonant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are familiar with Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin, enjoy a chilling slow-burn of a thriller, or are fans of elaborate stage design.

Don't see it if You're looking for intense drama, realistic sex-scenes, or a memorable performance by Keira Knightley (this is Judith Light's show).

Edgy, Harrowing, Pacing a bit too slow, Great acting, Overall very depressing

See it if you enjoy classic theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for light comedy.

Slow, Confusing, Dark, Great acting, Dated

See it if you love knightley

Don't see it if you want something more fun

Great staging, Slow, Dark, Intense

See it if you like Gothic tragedy. That's really all this is. Also, if you want to see really original set design. That's the best part.

Don't see it if you don't like ghost stories, you aren't into melodrama.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You are drawn to classic plays whose themes are still relevant today.

Don't see it if You have a short attention-span and prefer "Disney-fied" Broadway fluff...

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like intensity

Don't see it if you are at all impatient

Cliched, Great staging, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if good production design and acting will trump a somewhat cliched, banal story.

Don't see it if you're looking for something truly innovative, and not just cleverly done.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if This is one of the most intense psychological thrillers I have ever seen. Very dark and brooding

Don't see it if You are only looking for a light comic romp!

Slow, Romantic

See it if you are a Judith Light superfan.

Don't see it if you dislike period dramas.

Slow, Profound, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like some fine acting on a big stage with great sets

Don't see it if you don't like a dirge or slow moving play

Enchanting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you are a big fan of the performers, they are truly spectacular in the show

Don't see it if you like lighter, and faster moving productions

Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're into pompous, highbrow shows. This is such a disappointment. The only cast member who creates a "true" character is G. Ebert.

Don't see it if let's say that again: "Don't see it." KK glowers and sulks the whole evening, Judith Light is borderline camp. Production a travesty of Zola

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like mysterious period plays.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary take on life.

Disappointing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if Judith Light, enough said.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

October 29th, 2015
"For a play that is partly about the fear of being found out, 'Thérèse Raquin' is curiously lacking in tension of any kind. It is steeped, instead, in a single shade of morbid resignation…All of the cast members seem to belong to different theatrical universes...Like these characters’ lives, thei...
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October 29th, 2015
"Evan Cabnet’s production, with its handsome set by Beowulf Boritt, does atmospheric justice to Thérèse’s desperation…Helen Edmundson’s cold-eyed thriller doesn’t shy from the lurid misanthropy of Emile Zola’s 1867 novel or its gothic denouement. But it does give a sharp sense of the limited opti...
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October 29th, 2015
"'Thérèse Raquin' suffers from a typical case of adaptation sickness, a digestive malady that almost always results when a playwright eats a Penguin classic. Even a relatively short novel like this one offers too large a meal. The set-ups are lovely, and then comes the hasty glut…The production g...
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October 29th, 2015
"Although the actors are magnetic and the Grand Guignol-accented story deliciously juicy, the play veers into overblown histrionics as Therese's hallucinations assume the full-on haunted-house effect of fingernails screeching on a blackboard. A touch more restraint in the accelerating spiral of r...
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