Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Three Tall Women (Broadway)

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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)

Member Reviews (606)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent
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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.

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.

Also The actresses play three different women in act one, and the same woma... Read more Read less

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.

Also Although we lost the great Edward Albee only a year and a half ago, it... Read more Read less

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

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

Also One of the most exquisite productions of this play, and one of the mos... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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

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 !

87
Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Woman in 90s (Albee's mother) reflects w/o sentimentality, w/ assist by 2 women, on her life leading up to a stroke. Jackson is revelatory.

Don't see it if Curtain held for settled house. Monologues and reflections w/ acid exchanges w/o intermission make for challenging evening. 2nd act blended.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You are an Albee fan & want to delve into the minds of women as they progress in age - their thoughts, dreams, ideas positive & negative.

Don't see it if You like action, musicals, linear plots. You cannot follow intricate thought processes.

Also Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalfe, Alison Pill.... Read more Read less

95
Magnificent!!!!, Wonderful acting, Absorbing, Mordantly funny, Crazy smart

See it if Want 2 have quintessential theater experience w well-written play, magical set, fine acting, meticulous direction. If only 1, make it this.

Don't see it if Don't like plays re death, dying, awareness of one's mortality, memory, relationships, or need more action. U must pay attention here.

Also I saw this from the highest row in the rear mezzanine and sat all the ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy superb acting, an unusual plot; "old pros" in a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, play about aging and women's lives & loves

Don't see it if you do not enjoy talky plays about the male/female issue, the "joys" of aging and old fashioned relationships; you need excitement and music

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Mesmerizing, Intimate

See it if your reason for going to theater is to experience exceptional acting and a beautifully written play. Tony award performance from Jackson.

Don't see it if you're looking for fantasy. This is a real life story about a person's experiences, disappointments, regrets, likes and dislikes.

Also The three actors make for a sublime ensemble. Each one is a perfect re... Read more Read less

92
Great staging, Great acting, Glendajackson / lauriemetcalf / alisonpill, Almost mystical script, Theatre!

See it if EdwardAlbee, GlendaJackson, LaurieMetcalf, AlisonPill, JoeMantello, MiriamBuether/SetDesign are names that make U sit up straight in theatre

Don't see it if Albee terrifies U, 3 women talking for several hours with only ghostly man passing thru scares U, if past present future longings frighten U

90
Midnight benefit performance

See it if Quite an event, Thurs May 17 Actors Fund benefit. Hundreds of actors took advantage of the late hour to attend. Cast was invigorated

Don't see it if The cast of "Boys is the Band" was supposed to "host," but they were nowhere to be seen.

Also Taylor Trensch, the new Evan Hansen, came with the cast of "Hello Doll... Read more Read less

98
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you can get a ticket.This is the best version of this magnificent play that I have seen.Mecalf & Jackson are as good as it gets.GO!

Don't see it if you are an idiot! Seriously, even if Mama Mia is your idea of great theatre, expand your horizons and see this master class in great acting

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You want to see the masterful Glenda Jackson totally overshadow everyone else on stage. A perfectly decorated set, and costume design.

Don't see it if You don't like Albee's obsessions. You are not interested in watching a play of one woman at 3 ages spoken in a roundrobin.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You have the opportunity. Exceptionally well acted and staged.

Don't see it if You can't get tickets.

93
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Enchanting

See it if Albee at his best, beautifully produced. This is an ensemble for theatre history. Do not miss .

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not a fan of Edward Albee or an intense drama.

86
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you want to know why Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf absolutely deserved those Tonys.

Don't see it if you missed the run.

97
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if a play about looking back at one's life & our different views of life's expectations as we get older; wonderful performance by Ms. Jackson

Don't see it if don't like Albee's work, want a linear plot & would not want the differences between the 2 acts (see below)

Also In the first act the 3 actress play 3 different women of different age... Read more Read less

93
Frightening, Thought-provoking, A trio of perfect female performances, Darkly-humorous, Heavy

See it if you relish dense, dark, and depressing plays that nonetheless make you feel connected to the world and yourself; savor magnificent acting.

Don't see it if uninterested in a heavy play that will leave you feeling worried or pessimistic; seek hopeful works; dislike Edward Albee's semi-surrealism.

Also One of Edward Albee’s dreary but thought-provoking plays, Three Tall W... Read more Read less

95
Engaging, Riveting, Albee at his best, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of any of the actresses or Albee--it doesn't get better than this for any of them. Also, if you enjoy intellectual engagement.

Don't see it if You are looking for solid entertainment without doing any of the mental legwork required to have a truly remarkable experience in theatre.

88
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you enjoy an Albee masterpiece with fabulous acting including the great Glenda Jackson, telling the story of a woman in 3 stages of life.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that are not action packed with numerous plots, but delve into the makings of a woman in her long life.


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 Man...
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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 an...
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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...
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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 mar...
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