Three Tall Women (Broadway)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

About the Show

Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to Broadway for the first time, starring two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson, Tony and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf, and Tony nominee Alison Pill.

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Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Great directing, Must see

See it if You want to see a great play performed brilliantly. It will make you look at life perhaps as you’ve never done before.

Don't see it if The only reason I can think of to not see this play would be if you wanted to see a light fluffy show or a musical instead. This is great.

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Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Raunchy, Funny

See it if Age 25, 55 & 90 year old women discuss life. Insight into the human condition, delivered with humor and flair. Wonderful staging.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy philosophical talk about stages of life. You don't want to hear explicit sexual talk. Read more

Critic Reviews (69)

The New York Times
March 29th, 2018

"A torrentially exciting production...Joe Mantello’s chic, devastating staging was worth the wait...'Three Tall Women' is rigorous but also generous, even loving, to its characters — and audience...That doesn’t mean this is a perfect play...Still, time has been good to 'Three Tall Women,' and Mantello’s production further burnishes its insights and confirms its originality...A play that despite its frailties and wrinkles has aged beautifully, into a burning, raving classic."
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Time Out New York
March 29th, 2018

"Glenda Jackson gives a towering performance in the exquisite new revival...Jackson tears through the grandeur and pathos with ferocious command...In the central coup de théâtre of Joe Mantello’s scalpel-sharp production, Miriam Buether’s gorgeous set opens up to create a new space of phantoms and mirrors...What makes Albee’s play so moving is not that all three are the same woman; it’s that all three of them are us. Together, they create a singular experience at the theater."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 29th, 2018

"This revival of 'Three Tall Women' really is a staggering example of precisely what a dramatic actor does onstage. Actually three examples...Since there’s very little action, the play is exceptionally dependent on the expressiveness of the three actors...Jackson has done a lot of smart comedy as well as classical dramatic roles, and she makes the most of the laugh lines that Albee sprinkles throughout the dialogue."
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New Yorker
April 9th, 2018

"Mantello draws on Jackson's staunchness, but her characterization, like that of the other actors, comes not from inside...but from previous performances...A production that favors the flash of show biz over the complications of the flesh...They parade around Buther's overdone set like angsty marionettes, which the director uses to distract us from a story that Albee wrote from the heart."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 29th, 2018

"Stage acting doesn't get any better than Glenda Jackson's performance as the autocratic nonagenarian in Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women'...It's an almost ridiculous luxury that in Joe Mantello's crystalline production of this brittle but moving play about death and self-knowledge, two such accomplished actors as Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill become supplementary dividends."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 29th, 2018

"Far from an easy evening of theater, despite being a swift, intermission-less hour-and-a-half...Many of the hallmarks of great Albee — pitch black humor, verbal takedowns, delightfully indulgent cynicism — are initially in short supply here...It is an imperfect play, but there are two excellent reasons to see 'Three Tall Women': Jackson and Metcalf."
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Variety
March 29th, 2018

"Watching Glenda Jackson in theatrical flight is like looking straight into the sun. Her expressive face registers her thoughts while guarding her feelings. But it’s the voice that really thrills...This is a punishing play. The sentiments are cold and steely, and even though the language is beautiful, it is fierce...If there is one thing Jackson is not, it is sentimental. There are lines that some thesps would milk like a cow. But not Jackson, with her commitment to truth in performance."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 29th, 2018

"It’ll be a long time before 'Three Tall Women' is performed by a better cast...A conversation piece set in the bedroom of a rich, senile woman...That’s all there is to 'Three Tall Women,' but it’s enough. Mr. Albee has given his three women fascinating things to say about the character whom they collectively embody...Ms. Jackson gives an acrid, wised-up performance that is as pointed as you’d expect from so celebrated an actor. It’s no better, though, than that of Ms. Metcalf."
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The Observer
March 30th, 2018

"The expert hands of three terrific actors assembled for this production, the viewpoints are thrillingly balanced, and director Mantello deconstructs the various aspects of the female gender and shows how they can either ensnare or liberate each other...Jackson discovers and reveals every detail, every nuance of a creature who marbleized into a monster...'Three Tall Women' is the benchmark by which everything on Broadway will be measured this year. The word is 'unforgettable.'"
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Deadline
March 29th, 2018

"Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning late-career masterpiece has been given the loving, impeccable production that Albee apparently thought was beyond Broadway’s reach...Not a bit of it would work if any of the three actresses stumbled somehow, and to say they don’t is an understatement...And finally there’s Glenda Jackson, her monumental performance arriving so deep into an astounding 61 professional years that it mirrors Albee’s late-career accomplishment of this very play."
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Chicago Tribune
March 29th, 2018

"An extraordinarily bone-chilling production from the director Joe Mantello featuring a trio of heart-stopping performances...Mantello’s stunning production bulges out the vascularity of this fantastic play...There is a feast of acting to appreciate...Fundamentally, here is what this production, the best Albee staging I’ve ever seen, achieves: it makes Albee, and what he had to say, more for everyone. It expands and ennobles him, while smoothing off nothing."
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Los Angeles Times
March 29th, 2018

"Mantello's smoothly calibrated staging takes care of any awkwardness in the structure...Jackson may not draw out the full range her role's tragicomic music, but her mercilessness potently conveys the playwright's existential realism...A smaller venue would draw us in more quietly to a vision better served by understatement. But Albee's writing is sublimely searing, Mantello's staging is magnificent to behold and these three larger-than-life actresses are nothing short of transfixing."
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New York Daily News
March 29th, 2018

"Superb new production of Edward Albee’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that's been directed with a sure hand and more than a touch of class by Joe Mantello...Jackson squeezes out every bit of rage, regret and wry humor. Simply put, she gives one of the best and most exciting performances of the season...While Metcalf and Pill are both effective, they recede on stage."
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AM New York
March 29th, 2018

"The play is receiving its first Broadway production under the tight direction of Joe Mantello...A brutal, compelling, equally elegiac and comic assessment of aging, physical incapacitation, memory loss and death. It has renewed relevance today given the increased focus on elder care. Jackson, Metcalf and Pill all give superb performances."
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NY1
March 30th, 2018

"Mantello's astute direction allows the play to breathe and heave in an unrelenting exploration of a life gone sour...Jackson’s peerless portrait makes 'Three Tall Women' an unqualified triumph. This is a bleakly cynical study of a life seen through a darkly colored lens. And yet, so consummately pure and honest is the work, we’re left, curiously enough, with the uplift one gets from witnessing the confluence of two titans — Albee and Jackson — purging and emoting as only great artists can."
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Theatermania
March 29th, 2018

"I can think of few finer performances than the ones currently on offer at the Golden Theatre, where Joe Mantello has directed a superb revival of an extraordinary play...Detractors may contend that their idiosyncratic stage presences make it difficult to believe these three could really be playing the same woman, but those differences are the production's greatest strength."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 9th, 2018

"Part of the considerable thrill of seeing 'Three Tall Women' is the mere fact of Jackson's presence...That she remains as accomplished as ever is a delightful bonus... Armed with the sharpest comic timing in the business, Metcalf finds laughs that one never imagined were there...In the hands of director Joe Mantello and his peerless cast, Albee's play -- which always glittered, thanks to the precision of its language -- is a case of choice sparkling cyanide."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 29th, 2018

"Nowhere do we see such a total package of biting humor, trepidation, bitterness, and a longing for death as we do in Albee's 'Three Tall Women,' opening tonight at the Golden Theatre in a staggering revival...We are indeed fortunate to be able to see Jackson in a role she seizes in her teeth like a voracious lioness...Everything about this production...shows Albee to be a past master of writing with the precision of a surgeon."
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New York Stage Review
March 29th, 2018

"While memory burnishes the original production and the original cast, the play—in this new staging by Joe Mantello—seems even more dynamic and brilliant...Jackson has always been a performer with commanding control, traits which make her 'Three Tall Women' performance soar...Mantello once again demonstrates his sensitive touch for high drama...A season-and-a-half after the playwright’s death, 'Three Tall Women' stands as a riveting, acid-dipped memorial."
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New York Stage Review
March 29th, 2018

"The play is less an existential argument or lament than a canny, thought-provoking and often quite funny character study. As such, it succeeds gloriously in this staging, thanks to Joe Mantello’s simultaneously razor-sharp and tender direction and a trio of ideally cast actresses all at the top of their game...Jackson is simply a marvel...She allows us to see the elegant and entitled young woman she once was, the ravages she has endured, and the clear line connecting them."
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Theater News Online
March 31st, 2018

"From an 81-year-old performer, I’ve rarely seen this much punch, zest, and utter vitality. Albee’s morbidly engrossing study of mothers, dying, and the accidents of personality elevates a spring season dominated by braindead franchise musicals and too few plays of substance...A sumptuous and piercing Broadway debut of this 1994 play...The current production is alluringly deluxe and starry...Jackson, elegantly savage and unforgettable, will not go gently into you know what."
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Broadway News
March 29th, 2018

"Albee’s late-career masterpiece...As performed by three sterling actors of three generations, Albee’s biting analysis of the dark undertow of human experience, the gradual awakening to the knowledge that life’s progress does not necessarily lead to serene contentment, has a bracing power that stiffens your spine, even as you blink away tears...Its beauty — for all its dark asperity it is a beautiful work — resides in the compassion with which Albee regards the woman at its center."
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TheaterScene.net
April 5th, 2018

"If you pay any attention to the Rialto, then you knew that Jackson was going to be in the play--the play that salvaged Albee's reputation in 1993 and won him his third Pulitzer Prize--since it was announced last year. And I'm pleased to report, if you were anticipating Jackson doing 'Three Tall Women' with high expectations, you will not be disappointed. She surpasses whatever you were expecting with a kind of fierce and cold glory, appropriate to the 92-year-old A."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 2nd, 2018

"It takes an actress of magnitude and majesty to tackle the role of 'A' in 'Three Tall Women'...And that role has found its match in Glenda Jackson...The shock that part two of Joe Mantello’s stunning production offers is yours to discover, and believe me, it’s the theatrical tour de force of the season...The brilliance of Albee's writing – its clarity, its economy, its precision, its penetration to the essence of human existence – has never shone brighter than in this unforgettable revival."
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CurtainUp
April 2nd, 2018

"It's a pleasure to have Jackson back on Broadway, memorably tackling this equally difficult role's enormous physical and verbal demands...In shifting from naturalistic storytelling into nightmare fantasy with just a pause rather than an intermission, director Mantello has perceptively underscored the way we tend to find ourselves slipping almost without pause from youth to middle age to death's door."
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Front Row Center
April 10th, 2018

"Jackson and Metcalfe are an extraordinary team as they reminisce, question one another, and load up on buckets of sarcasm...A majestic piece of theatre...At the center...is Jackson. Her aim is true. Her work is immaculate. Her mission is clear. She is there to give us the gift of reminding us that we are alive...She does it by being fully alive herself. And she makes it look easy...This is theatre that makes a person believe in magic."
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Front Mezz Junkies
May 1st, 2018

"A cast made in acting heaven...The phenomenal Jackson...The magnificent Metcalf...The wonderful Pill...Beautifully resurrected play, directed with perfection by Mantello...Metcalf's facial expressions and body language deserve an award unto itself, telling us stories that go far beyond what is said...Pill does wonders with what she is given, but it is in the second half where her true effervescence exists...But it is Jackson who you can barely take your eyes off. She is superb."
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Exeunt Magazine
April 12th, 2018

"At once fiendishly entertaining and appropriately grim...Jackson sets the tone for a surprisingly witty and poignant exploration of the ravages of time and age...The brilliance of Mantello's staging comes from his acceptance of the play's tonal imbalance...Mantello and company lean into this style, never pushing for perfect unity in performance or presentation...This benchmark production showed me how much the famously mordant author had to say about life."
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T
May 8th, 2018

“The playwright’s conceit is an engaging and complicated metaphor allowing the audience to explore this valiant character’s mind...Under Mantello’s exquisite direction, the complex action moves forward with clarity and precision. Jackson delivers a stunning performance as the quarrelsome A...Metcalf and Pill provide equally brilliant portrayals of B and C...The three actors clearly care...and support one another in bringing to life three valiant women in the stages of one life."
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C
March 30th, 2018

"A stunning production of this dark comedy...Aside from the superb acting, the play's first section derives most of its fascination in trying to decipher why Albee has put this triad together...It's great fun watching the regal Jackson delight in recalling what she can...Metcalf comes to close dominating the second half of the play...Pill proves to be very effective...No real happiness for us when we have to stop watching the incredible Jackson and her co-stars in this riveting work."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 2nd, 2018

"You can enjoy Albee's conceit only if you accept his broader vision about how people evolve over time…Listening to Albee's thoughts, sometimes blazingly clear, sometimes tantalizingly cloudy, and often burst out-laughing funny, expressed by these masterful actresses produces solidly satisfying theatre…Jackson's razor-sharp diction and her commanding voice, more distinctive than ever, makes her every utterance a gem; she can bring the house down with a single throwaway word."
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DC Theatre Scene
March 31st, 2018

"It is hard to imagine a better production of Albee’s humorous, caustic, secretly compassionate look at a life – and a death...Metcalf’s performance, in perfect counterpoint to Jackson’s, makes 'Three Tall Women' flow naturally. In lesser hands, the dialogue in this play...could come across as studied....While each woman’s perspective is enlightening, and entertaining, it is Jackson’s meditation on facing death that finds the heartbreak in this play."
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4Columns
April 6th, 2018

"The stunning deathwatch drama that has just been revived-beautifully, vigorously...Mantello directs with a light, confident touch. The staging is simple...The scene-change into the purgatory section is managed so deftly that we feel almost physically guided into it...Everything seems effortless...And I actually rather appreciated the way that Metcalf and Jackson so blazingly outshine Pill. It's not that Pill's doing anything wrong-it's just that women get more interesting as they get older."
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Times Square Chronicles
April 12th, 2018

"Jackson is giving the performance of a lifetime...Mantello has lovingly unearthed this masterpiece on human forgiveness and understanding...Mantello's staging is superb...A master orchestrator, using Albee's words like a symphony...An extraordinary performance from Pill...Metcalf makes this role her own...Jackson gives us a master class in acting. She embodies this role with a ferocity that is mesmerizing...There are performances...that will live long in your memory."
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The Guardian (UK)
March 30th, 2018

"The meanness of life is often Albee’s business and this first act is business as usual. The second is the more extraordinary...A beautiful and terrifying portrait of the ways in which life's open-ended beginnings gradually close in...It's the stronger part of the script, but also perhaps the weaker part of Mantello's production...It's just about impossible to believe that these women are so intimately related...There ought to be more continuity between the women."
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Gotham Playgoer
March 29th, 2018

"Jackson is absolutely mesmerizing. Her embodiment of the indignities of advanced age is painful to see..Joe Mantello's direction is fluid. I do have some reservations about this production. I feel that Laurie Metcalf is miscast...I also thought it was a mistake to omit the intermission between acts...My reservations should in no way discourage you from rushing to get tickets. The experience of seeing Glenda Jackson onstage is not to be missed."
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The Wrap
March 29th, 2018

"The first act of 'Three Tall Women' is most definitely the Glenda Jackson Show — and a magnificent show it is. Broadway is fortunate to deliver one event a season, and Jackson is that event for 2017-18. The beautiful surprise of Mantello’s direction is that the second act is very much the fine-tuned ensemble...That they merge so effortlessly into one life is a credit to their talent and that of their director. Mantello is magnificently anonymous in his approach."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
April 1st, 2018

"Mantello demonstrates that he understands the play perfectly and that he knows how to make the staging sharp, as well as knowing how to highlight the performances of his special cast. Thus this production is an excellent revival, and an example of theater at an exceptionally mature and entertaining level. Jackson is to be welcomed wholeheartedly, Metcalf and Pill also deserve high praise, and although Albee is gone, the cleverness and originality of his work is still with us."
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W
April 2nd, 2018

"Glenda Jackson’s A is gloriously patrician, imperious, indomitable, bitter, self satisfied. Some transitions occur with suddenness, others like seeping watercolor. None seem false...Though they bear no resemblance, each actor is a theatrical force in her own right...Director Joe Mantello is the perfect steersman for this mercurial show. Characters are definitive in time, small business realistic, attitudes clear. Dropping the fourth wall in Act II creates stirring in-your-face atmosphere."
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T
April 8th, 2018

"Buether's elegant set transforms into a hall of mirrors and each actress becomes A at various ages. Mantello cleverly conveys this triangular vision without turning it into a gimmick. He also manages to inject action into what is basically a long debate peppered with Albee's observations on the nature of mortality. Jackson is a fearsome lioness, roaring at the loss of her vitality. Metcalf and Pill are equally fearsome...It's a triple tour de force."
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The Stage (UK)
March 29th, 2018

"This magisterial revival confirms what a bold and formally inventive playwright he was...Through the captivating performances of Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill, playing the role with angry defiance, weary disappointment and eager expectation respectively, the play provides a gripping, taunting picture of the life decisions that shape who we become...It’s an acting masterclass, but it also contains a coup de theatre that it would be wrong to reveal."
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Stage Left
March 29th, 2018

"Under the intelligent hand of director Joe Mantello, this new production is ferociously compelling and features a trio of astonishing performances...Ms. Jackson simply transforms into her character. It’s not acting. It’s being. And it is a wonder to behold...This limited engagement of a towering work by a towering playwright and featuring three towering performances is not to be missed."
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Towleroad
March 29th, 2018

"A magnificent revival from director Joe Mantello, featuring master class performances from screen legend Glenda Jackson, the incomparable Laurie Metcalf, and Alison Pill...Jackson delivers an intricate, razor-sharp performance that already feels like theatrical legend. Metcalf is in top form in both roles...Pill holds her own against two towering greats. The synergy among all three is a marvel, lifting Albee’s meditation on the mortality to soaring heights."
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Daily Beast
March 29th, 2018

"Albee’s jewelry box of a script (truly, open it up and delight in the many trinkets)...'Three Tall Women, 'directed with a sublimely paced grace by Joe Mantello, is very funny and very sad...It is intriguing to watch Albee’s distillation of time, personality, and mortality so beautifully filleted by three fine actresses—with Jackson surely certain of a fifth Tony nomination, and possibly her first it's-about-time victory."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 18th, 2018

"Brilliant. Extraordinary. Ingenious. Superb. The best. Yet all adjectives and superlatives pale in comparison with the truly unsurpassed quality of the script, performances, direction, design, and production of the Broadway premiere...One towering masterpiece, a rare example of a production that is so perfectly conceived and executed that it enthralls for every second it's on stage and intrigues long beyond the time we spend in the theater."
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Financial Times (UK)
March 30th, 2018

"Jackson is as fierce as they come...Jackson again brings awesome toughness to a story of physical decline in this revival...The play becomes an ironic riff on the wish that you could give advice to your younger self...It all adds up to an unflinchingly mordant portrait of ageing. But, under Mantello's well paced albeit overly literal direction, 'Three Tall Women' reveals too much of its hand and lacks enigmatic power...A woman like A would take more secrets to her grave."
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City Cabaret
April 8th, 2018

"The work is a masterpiece, performed by a masterful trifecta...This is a play with little action and a lot of talk and it is mesmerizing to watch...After a 23-year absence from the stage, Jackson grabs energetically onto Albee's challenging emotional, intelligent dialogue...This production is the play's Broadway debut, a triumph for the late Edward Albee, for Joe Mantello and the welcome return of Glenda Jackson, authoritative Laurie Metcalf and skillful Alison Pill."
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TheaterScene.com
April 7th, 2018

"Albee's meditation on aging, dying and death, is undoubtedly among the most vibrantly alive shows on Broadway...Three superlative actresses tear into Albee's incomparable writing with intelligence, passion and wit in a production that shimmers with theatrical sorcery...Under Mantello's impeccable direction, it is hard to imagine a production more fulfilling of Albee's intentions...Mantello has delivered an ambiance in which the three actresses work together almost as one."
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O
April 5th, 2018

"Mantello shows himself as a visionary who knows how to deliver a fully integrated production that leaves us stunned, truly moved, and forced to understand and consider even the highly neurotic characters he seems to totally understand...Perfectly marvelous play...Glenda Jackson is giving the performance of her life in a play that is worthy of her, with very strong support from her co-stars."
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scribicide
May 3rd, 2018

"The primary difference, I think, between stage and film acting is the requirement for stage actors to use all of their body. Too frequently, this means a series of weak and incoherent gestures, a filling up of space that confuses acting with action. By comparison, Ms. Jackson relies on stillness, a powerful, precise stillness that imbues any action she takes tremendous weight."
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Newsday
March 29th, 2018

"But, oh, such women director Joe Mantello has brought together...In finely crafted performances, each of them take turns addressing the audience...Simply lose yourself in this revealing, poignant story from one of America’s most revered playwrights — and, more importantly, to marvel at wondrous performances from three actresses at the top of their game."
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 30th, 2018

"Jackson's long-awaited return to Broadway is glorious...A commanding presence, and the dominant force in director Joe Mantello's stirring revival...She makes Albee's words sing in a performance that runs the emotional gamut...A whirlwind performance, yet one that's carefully fleshed out. Metcalf is also superb. Her sharp comic timing is the ideal counterpoint to A's domineering personality...later she reveals great depths of pain and regret."
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StageZine
April 25th, 2018

"Jackson is nothing short of remarkable, giving the performance of the year...Laurie Metcalf supports Jackson admirably in Part I, then glows as a red-hot ember in the second half. Her depiction of middle-aged bitterness is sublimely real...Broadway audiences are in for a real treat with 'Three Tall Women,' beautifully directed by Joe Mantello. He has imbued it with so much texture and richness that the play seems timeless."
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Show Showdown
April 11th, 2018

"In the current, elegant Broadway production, directed by Joe Mantello, the three women are played superbly...Both devastating and funny as it examines love, motherhood, marriage, life, and death. The show is surprisingly compassionate. 'Three Tall Women' could easily have been Albee's revenge on his mother, yet he takes a kinder, more complex approach. I believe it is this compassion that makes the play as hard-hitting and excellent as it is."
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Village Voice
April 5th, 2018

"A clear-cut and largely excellent production...The play is a triumph of empathy, in which a woman unyielding and unforgiving is made forgivable, and even somewhat admirable, through an effort of comprehension that could come only through a playwright’s long-practiced skills...Less a piece of action than interaction, Albee’s text is really a dramatized poem, full of humor, sharp in its psychological details, and suffused with the complexity of human motives."
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Reflections in the Light
April 3rd, 2018

"Jackson is fascinating...Metcalf, always excellent, seems particularly at home with B's dry humor...Pill brings complexity to her character...Mantello lets them find the characters and deliver powerhouse performances. Some of his blocking makes it difficult to see reactions from the other actresses while one is speaking, however. Some of this could be interpreted to have one phase of life obscure another, but I think it would have given even more depth to be able to see reactions."
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Medium
April 10th, 2018

"The play itself — and this production in particular — is prize-worthy...The play is tight and fierce and potent. It perfectly blends the emotional vigor of his earlier period with the experimentalism of his later years. But the success of a play so small in cast relies entirely on the actresses...Jackson is at the helm. Rarely does she let one of the other two women take the wheel...All three are simply magnificent...Three exceptional actresses perform a remarkable play."
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G
April 15th, 2018

"Line up the Tony Awards now. Albee’s words, both abstract and specific circle, around an emblematic woman’s history, her wiles, excesses, entitlements, and deprivations. Deeply funny...Its overall excellence is achieved in Joe Mantello’s direction, Ann Roth’s costumes, particularly the lavender palette in the second part, and Buether’s scenic design."
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Drama Queen NYC
March 30th, 2018

"Chances are very good that Jackson is going to get a Tony nomination for her spectacular performance...A masterful performance that is by turns imperious, hilarious and mesmerizing. Metcalf also rivets your attention with her drolly nuanced take on the middle-aged role...Pill acquits herself well in this impressive company...Mantello's direction is supremely tidy...The production is exquisite in every possible way: visually, intellectually, emotionally, artistically and on and on."
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Z
April 3rd, 2018

"From the very beginning you can tell you're in the presence of greatness...Despite the dour nature of the show's theme, it surprisingly never becomes depressing...There's much humor to be found but never at the expense of Albee's words...Simple, but elegant, spare in terms of action but rich in emotional resonance...A deeply compelling play by an American master, directed to near perfection featuring two of the most powerful performances you're likely to see in this or any season."
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The Clyde Fitch Report
March 31st, 2018

"An exquisite waltz of a revival...Perhaps Mantello’s crowning achievement in this production is that each actor, even in a brutally realistic first act, relies heavily on humor...There’s no oddly frozen action, no movement superfluous. It is a spare, elegant staging...We encounter three deeply rooted and charming women finding lightness in tragedy and darkness in comedy. 'Three Tall Women' transforms Albee’s emotional exorcism into tremulous enchantment."
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Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2nd, 2018

"A great play in a superb production...A dream cast...This tragicomic meditation on growing old is not to be missed...Mantello's fine direction wisely erases the intermission between the script's two acts...The rhythms of each actor's speech create another sub-drama, although Jackson's ability to lend meaning to every syllable - what a voice! - dominates the play, as it should. And what Metcalf can do with a pause."
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T
April 6th, 2018

"Full of sadness, Joe Mantello’s revival plays on its underlying and uncanny sense of comedy. Seething beneath the fast-paced banter, in fact, is a kind of Grand Guignol, a graphic display of amoral horror and entertainment...Within the interchangeable nature of A, B, C, lie familiar Albee themes about identity, and the ability to define oneself...The brilliance of the acting shines through in this marvelous production...In spite of the humorous and spirited fun on stage, the moral is tough."
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The Queens Courier
April 7th, 2018

"Pill is good as C, the youthful, hopeful, and flirtatious 26-year-old who is anxious to hear about her future...Metcalf has wonderful delivery and says even more with her expressions...Jackson is a wonder. Strong, magnificent, forceful and often funny, she doesn't skip a beat or even stumble over a word...Three wonderful actresses giving three excellent performances. For an audience, this is one of the happiest times."
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JK's Theatre Scene
March 30th, 2018

"This brilliant masterpiece is the best play I have seen in years...And the same can be said for the entire production of the play, as well...The biggest thrills come from Albee's often hilarious, always sharp, and thoroughly thought-provoking script, some of the tightest direction...and three Tony-worthy star turns by three generations of actresses...A riveting, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, the kind often reserved for the latest roller coaster. This is a don't miss production."
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Talk Entertainment
April 6th, 2018

"A is embodied by the incomparable Jackson and it is a performance not to be missed...A suffers a stroke at the end of the first part when unseen theatrical magic takes place. First by the very clever Albee and second by the very clever set designer Miriam Buether, making 'Three Tall Women' one and the same person - each reflecting on their life at different stages. Each reflecting back on the past...A wonderful theatrical production with superb acting by Jackson."
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N
April 12th, 2018

"Jackson is not just one instrument but an entire symphony orchestra. Caustic, witty, nasty, pitiful, commanding, and simply magnificent...Mantello emphasizes the play’s seesawing between raucous humor and weepy reminiscence...Pill eschews naiveté...Metcalf’s B is sardonic and pragmatic, tough and weary. They’re both excellent...Dedicated to the fallibility of existence, the play balances love and hate, happiness and disappointment, life and death. No easy answers."
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F
April 4th, 2018

"Mantello's revival of Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winner is impeccable in every respect...All three ladies are quite wonderful and form a well-knit ensemble. Metcalf's wry line readings land laughs each time. And Pill, in the least overtly showy role, grows more commanding as the part allows in the second act. But Jackson -- cranky, humorous, or imperious -- is simply tremendous."
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T
March 29th, 2018

"Director Joe Mantello builds a stunning production. Albee’s play holds up beautifully...Jackson holds the stage with the same indomitable control she was always known for...She rules the stage with authority, but she doesn’t run over Metcalf and Pill…she works with them, trusting when to pull into another lane and pass them only as the text dictates. Her gravitas is heart-stopping, but she’s light and funny too when she sees an opportunity. "
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