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Three Tall Women (Broadway)

From 69 critic and 599 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

'Three Tall Women' is a startling and provocative portrayal of a wealthy widow looking back on her life in an attempt to solve its riddles. A journey that transports her to a landscape of reflection where generations collide and time vanishes. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

1h 45m | Already closed | The John Golden Theatre (Midtown W)


96
TheaterScene.net

"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." Full Review

95
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

95
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

"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." Full Review

95
Chicago Tribune

"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." Full Review

95
Towleroad

"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." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

"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." Full Review

95
On and Off Broadway

"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." Full Review

95
New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

95
The Stage (UK)

"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." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"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." Full Review

95
The Observer

"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.'" Full Review

95
Drama Queen NYC

"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." Full Review

95
JK's Theatre Scene

"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." Full Review

95
Forbes on Film & Footlights

"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." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

90
Theatre's Leiter Side

"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." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

90
DC Theatre Scene

"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." Full Review

90
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

90
Times Square Chronicles

"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." Full Review

90
Broadway News

"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." Full Review

90
Front Mezz Junkies

"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." Full Review

90
New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

90
4Columns

"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." Full Review


100
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want to spend two hours in the company of three awe inspiring actors!

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason not to see this.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see the great Glenda Jackson in a stellar role, you enjoy modern plays, you want to see a great revival of an award-winning play

Don't see it if you don't like plays, you want big production values

Also This revival is stupendous. The set is a knock-out in the second half.... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see Albe's play with the perfect combination of expert actresses under Joe Mantello's brilliant directing.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy commentary on a privileged woman's journey through life or don't like analysis into the depth of human character.

100
Great acting, Must see

See it if BRILLIANT everything! Dream cast!!

Don't see it if you should see it!!!

100
Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Great staging, Brilliant acting

See it if You love expertly crafted plays with brilliant performances!

Don't see it if If you don't like plays.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Glenda, Laurie, Alison and Albee...master class.

Don't see it if See it

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if you like, dislike or are unfamiliar with Albee’s work.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see issues of aging portrayed on stage.

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if A masterpiece of theatre. If you want to see what theatre should be all about, this is the show. Brilliant acting by the 3 women.

Don't see it if If you like fluffy musicals or big staging and people on stage, this is not for you. If you don’t want classic dramatic shows.

100
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see masterful acting by three amazing women. Clever set design that complements the witty dialogue.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of black comedy or you don't want to think.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Great staging

See it if Glenda Jackson in the role of a lifetime

Don't see it if subjects like death and aging

100
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a master class in acting by three extremely talented women. Poignant, dark and funny.

Don't see it if ...there is no "don't," only "must."

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if You want to see an acting master class from Glenda Jackson. One of Albee’s finest works. Beautiful supporting perfs from Metcalf & Pill.

Don't see it if You prefer light, fluffy entertainment. You want to see a comedy.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing, Exquisite writing

See it if You want a riveting experience, would love to see it again with iconic Glenda Jackson. Smart intuitive direction dark issues,black humor .

Don't see it if You want light entertainment that never touches on dark issues.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you would like to see three women give a master class in theatre and watch Albee at his best. Only have the time for one play, THIS IS IT.

Don't see it if Sorry, no reason to answer this question

100
Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if Look at the 3 women in the cast. Great play great acting,this is why you go to broadway

Don't see it if I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t see this

100
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like a play about women. Great acting Glenda Jackson should win the Tony !!! Absolutely loved it !!!

Don't see it if you don't like plays about the elderly, strong woman

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like fabulous acting with a gripping , meaningful story that interjects humor along the way.

Don't see it if you must see musicals.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, This year's tony winner!!

See it if YOU WANT TO SEE GLENDA JACKSON GIVES THE PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME. IF YOU LIKE GREAT DRAMA, COSTUMES AND SETS.

Don't see it if YOU WANT SOMETHING MEANT FOR A 10 YEAR OLD THAT IS NOT A MUSICAL.

100
Clever, Excellent acting

See it if you want to see excellent acting

Don't see it if talky

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if The most exquisite play in NY is on your Must See list. Albee’s work fascinates you. I have seen all of Albee’s plays. This is his best work

Don't see it if You’re looking for light entertainment and don’t like plays that force you to think and get involved to enjoy the experience !

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Magnificent

See it if You love acting of the highest quality. Jackson, Metcalf, and Pill are marvelous. The direction and stagecraft are breathtakingly beautiful.

Don't see it if If you are afraid to think. If you need light entertainment. If you are a child.

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You like plays that challenge and acting and directing that hit perfection. The play is astute and cruel and heart breaking.

Don't see it if You want a light entertainment to smile through.

100
Great acting, Must see, Profound, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You think Albee is just a bunch of ridiculous people complaining.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging, This must-see work of genius is one of the greatest theatrical experiences i have ever had or hope to have.

See it if You want to see the greatest actress of the English-speaking stage at the peak of her powers--the thrilling Glenda Jackson.

Don't see it if You are too sensitive and weak to face a play that digs down deep about the reality of growing old and facing death.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You are a conosieur of great writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like women or Albee


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