Opposites attack in this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Sam Shepard’s rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway with Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. More…
Holed up in their mother’s California house, screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) and lowlife Lee (Ethan Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster. Shepard’s drama gleefully detonates our misguided myths of family, identity, and the American Dream.
See it if You want to see two exciting actors take on these classic roles and electrify the stage. Hard to take your eyes off them.
Don't see it if You don’t like mental gymnastics. Lots of dialogue and lots of personalities on display on that stage.
See it if You want to see Hawke or dano. Very dated . If you like Sam Shepard.
Don't see it if Lighting was awful sat in row l and lights hit actors so you could not see their faces..terrible direction..
See it if you want to see Dano & (especially) Hawke sink their teeth into an oddly toothless revival of Shepard's searing, provocative seriocomedy.
Don't see it if you're looking for the definitive production of this great play. [The plodding direction undermines the menace & urgency in Shepard's work.]
See it if Shepard sorts out inverse-sibling rivalry in two acts and Hawke chews scenery in one. Fun to watch Hawke relish his assigned acting duties.
Don't see it if Marvelous Mum Marylouise Burke is onstage far too briefly, but memorably.
See it if hilarious portrayal toxic masculinity/sibling rivalry; satirizes Hollywood favoring movies about "bad boys"; Ethan Hawke strong as sociopath
Don't see it if unoriginal commentary on death of West; brothers' role reversal too pat; unbalanced as Dano weak counterpart to Hawke
See it if you want to see a truly remarkable performance from Ethan Hawke.
Don't see it if watching a really accurate depiction of a manipulative narcissistic person will be too much for you.
See it if you enjoy family dramas with some edge to them. Dano and Hawke are terrific.
Don't see it if you don’t like thrillers...or comedies... The tone is confused. Each act is like a different play.
See it if you are fans of Shepard, Hawke and/or Dano; you enjoy crazy, dysfunctional family dynamics as well as good chemistry among the actors.
Don't see it if you dislike over the top family relationships; messy kitchens or the smell of toast drive you crazy; you don't like dark humor.
See it if You want to witness how chemistry between Ethan Hawks and Paul Dano, raise the suspense & humor in this Sam Shepard classic to a new level.
Don't see it if You avoid dramas about family conflict. Abhor violence and crime. Do not like edgy satire and surprise.
See it if you want to see Ethan Hawke in a standout performance. Paul Dano also delivers. Fast-paced and entertaining throughout.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a family drama.
See it if love Shepard's work, amazing performances especially by Hawke, love humor with a dark side
Don't see it if don't want expectations (like working harder gets you ahead) turned upside down, don't want macho male brother fighting or alcohol abuse
See it if Ethan Hawke: you’ve never imagined line readings as he can deliver. Mad, scary & endearing. Pau Dano: coiled emotions adroitly portrayed.
Don't see it if An over-the-top Cain & Abel story with physical violence that’s unclear in its final intention. Kind of a thrill ride; see it for the acting
See it if You like serious but fun, tough yet tender, twists and turns, super acting. Not realistic but truthful. Ethan Hawke excellent. Great set.
Don't see it if Violence upsets you. Basically a two person play (although 4 characters). Not a typical plot, little joy. Intense.
Also The lighting is superb. One of Shepard’s better plays.
See it if If you like Sam Shepard, but this story doesn’t have the depth that Buried Child has. Great performances, especially by Paul Dano.
Don't see it if The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense. It is very contrived. It’s also fairly dark, so if you are looking for an uplifting story, skip it.
See it if Two fighting brothers' hate stems from their envy of each others' lives: well educated professional with family vs. wild and free loner.
Don't see it if Older, dry Americana plays on masculinity (what it means to be a man) and freedom (the West) bore you. Another angry white men story.
See it if You enjoy well written plays with great characters. Hawke and Dano give outstanding performances. Wilmes and Burke are fun to watch.
Don't see it if You are disinterested in a play about sibling rivalry and a dysfunctional family.
See it if You're interested in sibling rivalries. You're willing to wait until the end for it to be funny.
Don't see it if You don't like shows with a lot of anger and violence.
See it if Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano both give excellent, if mismatched performances.
Don't see it if you are uninterested in an allegory about the evolution of the American West.
See it if you like intense family drama, drenched in symbolism with hints of danger and surrealism (the mom)
Don't see it if Contains lots of violence and is not naturalistic. The stakes can also seem low/unreal. You don't like your narrative at service of metaphor
See it if Fan of the source material. Ethan Hawke.
Don't see it if Paul Dano is extremely weak. There is probably a good play here, but obscured by mediocre casting; missed opportunity.
See it if You’re a fan of Sam Shepard, Ethan Hawke, or Paul Dano. I’m finding, like with Fool For Love, that I’m not a fan. The acting is terrific.
Don't see it if You like even tone throughout (comedy or drama?), you like to walk out with all your questions answered so you can go to dinner...ambiguity.
See it if Sam Shepard's strange view of the world appeals as challenging and provocative drama; excellent acting both funny and frightening
Don't see it if you want loose ends tied up, happy endings, easy answers, a neat and clean set and Ozzie & Harriet familiar relations.
See it if Surprisingly breezy and funny production of the Shepherd staple ably acted by Hawke Dano & supporting cast
Don't see it if The bickering between the brothers can be a bit much at multiple points of the script