Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Time and the Conways

From 387 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Slow, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Dated

About the show

Roundabout Theatre Company brings this post WWI-set drama back to Broadway for the first time in a production directed by Tony winner Rebecca Taichman ('Indecent'), and starring Elizabeth McGovern ('Downton Abbey'). More…

In 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish twenty-first birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump nineteen years into the future, though, and the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably. This time-traveling play by J.B. Priestley ('An Inspector Calls') takes place at the crossroads of today and tomorrow—challenging our notions of choice, chance, and destiny.

2h 15m | Already closed | American Airlines Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (387)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Dated
72
Avg Score

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Slow

See it if You enjoy character driven period piece dramas. This one moves rather slowly but has an exquisite payoff in my opinion.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action. You barely realize what the real point of the play is until almost the end of the first act.

70
Banal, Dated, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if This one misses the mark. It has some decent acting for sure, however, it gets slow at various points .The show can be moving and thought

Don't see it if provoking. With all the great stuff on and off Broadway, you can miss this one. it is slow at times, loses it way at times, not my fav.

85
Intelligent, Resonant, Exquisite, Disturbing, Sad

See it if When the future brings decline of a family, is the passage of time just cruel or is there any solace? Intricate character dynamics.

Don't see it if You are not interested in slowly developed characters set in Britain 1919-37. You don’t want to reflect on time, hopes and disappointments.

Also I think Priestly gave the characters the outcomes he did in order to m... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Dated, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if Great set Scene change is special), Great costumes. Great role playing by same actors 18-19 years later from one Act to the next.

Don't see it if Sound at American Airlines still needs work. Accents vary. Score is average of partner's 80 and my 70. Speech may need time to adjust.

70
Combo of "downton abbey" and "twilight zone" - huh?

See it if tests interesting idea: how react if could see into future: how upper class Brit. life destroyed in 20 yrs; inventive set; strong cast

Don't see it if all machinations moving back 'n forth in time results in no more than a clunky critique of British upper class rot; characters stereotypes

Also Playwright Priestly was testing 1930s concept about "time" - thus TIME... Read more Read less

79
Very british, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy a “thinker” with a healthy dose of British charm. The performances and staging are terrific.

Don't see it if you’d rather leave the theatre with a smile on your face, or you have trouble with British accents.

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Old-fashioned

See it if You like drawing room plays with family drama and time travel. Elizabeth McGovern is the matriarch. Gabriel Ebert is the son.

Don't see it if You fall asleep easily Act I is 90 minutes. You expect fast action. You do not like early 19th century England.

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Masterful

See it if you enjoy slow-moving drama with an historical perspective; how the war effected the lives of upper class people from another era.

Don't see it if this type of drama bores you; you need action, music, dancing; you aren't interested in lives of the rich and formerly rich effected by war

Also Not everyone enjoys this type of show: the period costumes were excell... Read more Read less

76
Great acting, Dated, Great staging

See it if you enjoy period pieces with terrific acting and don't mind sitting through a slow start if it amounts to something later on.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that is more edgy and current. It is a quality production, but play seems dated in today's times.

70
Dated, Disappointing, Great staging, Insipid, Slow

See it if You really like period pieces that are too long and tiresome

Don't see it if You bore easily.

74
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Profound, Slow

See it if Interesting play. Gives you something to think about. Strong acting. Beautiful s

Don't see it if Hideous, distracting costumes. Fairly depressing. The first scene was very slow.

40
Noisome, Shrill, Uneven, Horrid direction, Totally missing the point

See it if You want to be schooled in everything that can go wrong in the wrong hands.

Don't see it if I wouldnt

Also I cant imagine how this play has received any good reviews. It is asto... Read more Read less

77
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if if you are a fan of Kate McGonigle & enjoy history about England, specifically about class struggles through history told through a family.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a period piece about the story of economic and cultural classes in early 20th century England.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy an intelligent and well done examination of the perils of ignoring change in the world and getting too comfortable with privilege

Don't see it if you like fast action plays and don't care about insulated characters who make foolish decisions.

59
Miscast, Intelligent writing, Difficult to connect to characters, Questionable directing

See it if Take a classic British play about a dysfunctional family, direct actors to spit out lines with little inflection & zero sublety. Result is..

Don't see it if Long play reminiscent of stultified acting of 1930/40's movies. Not a Priestly fan, but the play is far better than this staging.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if A fascinating look at aBritish upper-class family bet 1919 and 1939.Excellent ensemble acting. At 2:40 hrs a rewarding theatrical experience

Don't see it if Do not go if you only enjoy musicals or not a fan of meaningful dramas.

78
Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you would be interested in a drama on how drastically our lives change over time in ways we never foresee. The acting is mostly strong here.

Don't see it if the characters are so unrelatable to anyone you are or know that a connection with them will fail to materialize. Also, hit-or-miss accents.

82
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Melancholy

See it if Moving portrait of the lives, ambitions, & giddy promise of a British family just after WWI, & 19 yrs. later how their lives have ended up.

Don't see it if You mind a slow-paced drama. It is lyrical, sad & beautifully acted, w/superb staging. Gets a bit metaphysical about life thru time & space.

82
Ambitious, Aesthetically-intelligent design, Thought-provoking, Dated, Lacking an anchorhold on motive

See it if a fan of British family dramas; invested in themes of time, nostalgia, and clairvoyance; a fan of J. B. Priestley; you like to think deeply.

Don't see it if you need great action, dislike the unsettling feeling of wondering whether you're watching reality or a dream unfold; want something modern.

Also A fan of family dramas, nostalgia, and Elizabeth McGovern (Mrs. Conway... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a well done remake of a play from 1938. It held my interest throughout.

Don't see it if you don't like dated plays even if the subject/philosophy is timeless.

86
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play that is relevant to today

Don't see it if You need a quick. Happy play

77
Fine acting, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Intelligent, Overly long

See it if you like superb acting, intelligent family dramas & well drawn characters coping with life, mostly, unsuccessfully.

Don't see it if you dislike overly long plays with a fist act that is somewhat tedious, family dramas and a poisonous matriarch as a critical character.

65
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Confusing, Dated

See it if you want to see a slow play and Elizabeth McGovern.

Don't see it if there are better shows on broadway than this.

75
Dated, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Uneven acting

See it if You have a thing for Elizabeth McGovern and family drama in the era between the wars

Don't see it if You like your chronology in a straight line and your acting realistic

75
Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy British family dramas about class struggles and problems. The acting was very good, although the first act was slow.

Don't see it if You need more action and less talking.


October 10th, 2017
"A thoughtful revival of an ambitious, vexing, multilayered drama. Still, there’s a reason it has not appeared on Broadway since its 1938 premiere. Too often it feels like an elaborate mechanism for deploying once-fashionable cosmological ideas...Taichman’s lovely staging does what it can visuall...
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October 10th, 2017
"J.B. Priestley’s 1937 drama is about time, and its current Broadway revival, if nothing else, makes you aware of time passing...It’s unclear why the Roundabout has chosen to mount this play, except perhaps that director Taichman has staged it before and McGovern was available to play the mother....
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October 10th, 2017
"'Time and the Conways' rarely pulled me in. Instead, it allowed me to sit comfortably — too comfortably — observing its highly polished exterior...If only the play itself lived up to the extravagant — and admittedly powerful — visual metaphor that Patel and Taichman have created. But despite int...
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October 10th, 2017
"The plush Roundabout revival demands patience, withholding payoff for its haunting final moments...This is not the subtlest of plays, and Taichman allows half her actors to wade into over-emphatic melodrama...A funny old play, interesting more for its structural adventurousness than its thematic...
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