Three Tall Women (Broadway)
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Three Tall Women (Broadway)
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Three Tall Women (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(611 Reviews)
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99%
Mixed
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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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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
93
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.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
95
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

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you can! Breathtaking drama beautifully written and performed.

Don't see it if you have extreme issues with aging, illness or death.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see 2 towering women (Jackson, Metcalf) mesmerize in a perfectly reimagined production of Albee's classic that feels fresh & new

Don't see it if you want to miss the best revival of the season & the long-overdue return of Glenda Jackson to Bway in a masterful performance. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
93
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see fantastic acting, delicious humor, in a slyly mysterious but rewarding plot, precision staging, a beautiful set and Glenda!

Don't see it if you're not an Albee fan, you don't like plays that have slightly unusual plots or 1 hour 40 minute intermissionless shows Read more

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
95
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if Incandescent! A production that will be referred to as "legendary" years hence Jackson, Metcalf & Pill dazzle in Albee's late career gem...

Don't see it if Mantello's crystalline staging highlights the mordant humor & bleak existentialism while Buether's 'hall of mirrors' set nails the absurdity

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
93
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if About one women up and down of life. About life for everyone, we see life different as we age.

Don't see it if Some of language may bother you. Deals with death. All in all it's a great show.

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
83
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Confusing, Slow

See it if you enjoy shows featuring strong female characters.

Don't see it if you prefer a narrative. This show is a reflection on one woman’s life. The dialogue meanders as she jumps from one story to another.

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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