Marianne 6282

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Reviews (156)
78
Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love full out, committed acting.Huppert is brilliant and as always takes risks on stage.Here they work in a difficult and confusing play

Don't see it if you aren't interested in psychopathology or disturbed relationships.The play is only about Huppert's character.Everyone else is a reflection

60
During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the Holocaust and its players.This is not a good play but it is a profoundly important topic.Too broad in scope

Don't see it if you want a well written and focused play. This is too episodic to develop the characters. You care about what happened to them but not them

85
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow

See it if you love classic musicals. Kelly is brilliant and the rest of the cast is very good. The second act drags and needs work but it is worth it

Don't see it if you do not like great musical numbers and energetic dancing. There is little romance or sex appeal in this show but it works for fun/skill

76
Dated, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Irish drama. This is about their weaknesses and the passions. It is not his best play but well done as usual by the Irish Rep

Don't see it if you have trouble with the Irish brogue or are intolerant of not understanding every word. The characters are not subtly nuanced

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you love the craft of theater and the power of words. Beautifully acted by all and this is the most human Sir Thomas More. A drama for all

Don't see it if you have no interest in history, human nature, current events or theater. This is not light entertainment but 21/2 hours of engrossing drama

71
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you can forget about the Strindberg play and see this as a tortured love story. Language is difficult to understand but the meaning is clear

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with simulated sex and violence. This is actually not about hate as the original play is, but about impossible love

79
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you are interested and concerned about the refugee problem and the helplessness and hopelessness of people fleeing the past without a future

Don't see it if the intensity of dispair and hopelessness is overwhelming for you. This is an in-your-face experience that cannot be avoided or tempered

71
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in a good performance from Ms Channing undermined by poor direction of the other female characters who should be powerful

Don't see it if you are expecting a great play with an important message. There could be that but this is not it. Unrealized opportunity makes it a mistake

64
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you want to see a great actress even if she is wasted by mediocre material. The concept is arresting but the play has only moments of depth

Don't see it if you hunger for a play that plumbs the possibilities of what it is to be a parent of a "different" child. There is no "Joan" here

Also There are a few moments in the second act where there is a connection ... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you can overlook overwrought acting and a simplistic script to connect with a tragic and timely story that is all too relevant today.

Don't see it if you want your characters more nuanced and approachable. Everything is on such a level of intensity that it loses empathy and internalization

80
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense

See it if you love theater. It is a classic and a wonderfully insightful production with splendid acting. The first act is slow but come back

Don't see it if you have little tolerance for the frustration so central to the theater of the absurd and the existential sense of impotence in the world

78
During previews
Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in the subject of loss and relationships that could have been and were but were limited. Good acting good staging strong

Don't see it if you are put off by pain and loss and want to be entertained by lighter fare. This is a relatively minimalist staging that emphasizes feeling

82
Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy the wonderful world of clowns. Bill Irwin is a treasure and his love for Beckett is compelling even if the material is often dense

Don't see it if You want elaborate staging and the dazzle of spectacle. This is brilliant but on a very intimate scale. One man and his art

57
During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Insipid

See it if you are willing to suffer through an unimpressive and uninspired version of a classic. Singing and dancing are mediocre acting poor music ok

Don't see it if You were hoping that the director would make use of the opportunity to make a statement or investigate the deeper issues. It could have been

82
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in great character acting in a vehicle that moves. Interesting insider view of politics and the political machine.

Don't see it if you want action not talk. The interesting piece of stage business is Polly's sewing-- much like that of Madame LaFarge or the three Fates.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you love the craft of acting. Kathryn Hunter is a marvel as she is in everything she has ever done). The music is compelling as well

Don't see it if a solo performance, no matter how brilliant, will not hold your attention. This is about Kathryn Hunter and her mesmerizing performance

70
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like your Shakespeare fast and superficial. It hits the high points but does not develop the characters and their relationships

Don't see it if you are looking for an in depth treatment of a fascinating panorama of greed, self-interest and ambition that the War of the Roses was. OK

Also I found it tedious even though at three hours it is significantly shor... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Relevant, There is a great conflict in this story but it is not this play or not these players, Thought-provoking

See it if The idea of women's enslavement is a compelling one and should be showcased but with the exception of Mahita, the slave, the actresses fail

Don't see it if Diction is poor and the words are often lost in dialect strange for proud Creole women There is little nuance or complexity to characters

73
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if This is, like his other works, a dissociated approach to drama. The effect is alienating and assaultive but effective in this case

Don't see it if you are looking for a warm and fuzzy experience or are put off by violence, nudity and a crazyness that guides this descent into hell

81
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you care about the issue of slavery and man's inhumanity to man. You know the importance of relationships, You thrill to wonderful acting

Don't see it if you cannot handle any of the above.

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense

See it if you can overlook the heavy-handed approach that drains all the nuance and charm out of this most complex character Anne is the real interest

Don't see it if you want complexity and subtlety in your drama. the premise of the play is interesting but it is written and directed without finesse.

73
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the difficulty of making choices that have consequences. Ethics are not easy and this play makes the case for thought

Don't see it if you want your ethics black and white The daughter is miscast and feels like she comes from a different play but the rest dance well together

70
Clever, Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Great staging

See it if At the risk of being branded a Muggle I have to say that it is a disappointment. Pedestrian acting, obvious plot contrivance, poor diction

Don't see it if There is no magic here in spite of clever tricks. The choreography and staging is all that is worth watching. A missed opportunity. Sad

71
Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in some good acting by the secondary characters. Joan is a misstep but the clergy and the English are well represented

Don't see it if you are looking for insight into the character and motivation of Joan. She is opaque and relatively uninteresting until the epilogue

51
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if I actually cannot imagine why. I happen to love the playwright's work usually but this is baffling. Academic, dry, who cares?

Don't see it if you love theater and see it for its communication and connection. there is none of that here. I have no idea what is the purpose of this

69
During previews
Thought-provoking, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you are willing to see Glenda Jackson in anything.She is interesting but no Lear. She's diminutive in size and scale unlike Three Tall Women

Don't see it if you want a cast that is uniformly excellent.Except for two, this cast is uninspired in acting and sloppy in diction.The director is absent.

78
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy acting and staging with a serious understory.The issue of being straight-jacketed by race/gender is still relevant and important

Don't see it if you want action and "entertainment" to carry the story. This is about the words and the relationships even though the staging is well done

70
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if You can deal with extreme characters in a bizarre interaction. There is thoughtful drama in here but it is hard to take it seriously

Don't see it if you are put off by casual male nudity and a strong sexual vibe. Much is extreme and more for effect than for purpose but it is well worth it

78
Romantic, Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you speak Spanish well enough to understand the beautiful dialogue or can exult in the cadence of the language even if you do not understand

Don't see it if you are put off by a language you do not speak or a old fashioned drama of passion and destruction. Drama written in 1492 about love/death

68
Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Quirky, Funny

See it if Good acting in a play that is sometimes difficult to swallow. There is a pathos in all the characters and their isolation --very Sam Shepard

Don't see it if The negativity and the chaos that is barely under the surface is painful and the ugliness into which the characters descend is in your face.

78
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a stand-out performance by Cranston. The play itself is all over the place although it ultimately deals with life's delusion

Don't see it if you want to walk out of the theater feeling good.The emptiness and nihilism of the theme is depressing and all too relevant.Empty lost souls

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in relationship plays that touch on deep and serious themes. Sad and touching and very well done by all. Loneliness hurts

Don't see it if you are not interested in the pain of missed opportunity and failure.This is about the need for contact and the mistakes that thwart success

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want great actors even if they are underused. The conflict in the play between "truth" and art is relevant and important

Don't see it if you want action instead of words. This is all talk albeit about important issues.The flaw in the drama is that the "facts" are not important

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want powerful writing and performances about a tragically relevant topic: how far do you go to belong when you are different and "wrong"

Don't see it if you are put off by true depiction of people's cruelty to others.This play and its performances have a ring of reality that is quite splendid

76
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the trauma of dementia.This is a thoughtful and accurate portrayal of the losses and frustrations that impact everyone

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate a difficult subject matter loaded with the frustration and sense of impotence that progressive dementia brings.Well done

59
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you are willing to look past extreme, unrealistic dialogue and unbelievable characterization to deal with the very important issues of bias

Don't see it if you want your plays to draw you into the action rather than put you off. A missed opportunity to explore important issues of bias/ignorance

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you can get beyond the often unintelligible brogue to feel the pain and angst of this very Irish drama about relationships and life

Don't see it if you are put off by language that can be hard to understand or if you are not interested in the disappointment and pain of life

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love the craft of acting. This is a brilliant tour de force by Janet McTeer and good backup by most of the cast. Talky but profound

Don't see it if you are put off by language and jousting with words. This is an intelligent play focused on the underlying issue of gender equality

72
During previews
Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in both the race and gender issues that have not changed that much since the time of the play in the early 1960's.

Don't see it if you cannot see beyond the domestic drama to the larger sociopolitical issues in this play.This is about self-expression and identity

69
Dated, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like good acting even though it is in a rather mediocre play. Everyone except Janie Brookshire is quite wonderful. But the play is talky

Don't see it if You want action instead of philosophy and the words that drive it. The scenes with Ms. Brookshire are particularly empty and embarassing

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Must see, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if this is honest, real theater with a heart. The language fits the story and the performances transcend whatever language barrier there is

Don't see it if you need razzle-dazzle musicals of a superficial type. this is about people and lives and emotions and what is real. A great experience

65
During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Relevant, Slow

See it if you are so compelled by the admittedly important subject that you are willing to sit through a lecture Well meaning but not engaging

Don't see it if you go to theater to be drawn into the characters and their world. There is none of that here. It starts out promising but becomes doctrine

78
Great singing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in an accessible version of the great operaThe singing is good,the lyrics work,but the depth of the characters is limited

Don't see it if you want more complexity from the characters. The opera is more fascinating and thought-provoking This is more of a comic-strip version

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you love Melissa Errico. She makes me smile! This is a flawed musical although there are great numbers but it is done as well as it can be

Don't see it if ¥ou want your musicals big and splashy. This is honest and intimate and it works. The whole cast is lovely although it is Melissa's show

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love theater and are starved for brilliant performances. This is a must see. even though you will miss some words it does not matter

Don't see it if you cannot handle tough subjects. you are not engaged by brilliant acting, you need dazzle in "stuff" instead of the performance

74
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense, Quirky

See it if you can be see that being proactive can make a difference The contrast between those who watch and those who do is the point of this drama

Don't see it if you want your characters at a distance. they are in your face here and their guts are on display. But ultimately it is about real life

47
Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you want to hear Idina whine. It is an embarrassing display of trite, self-indulgent "acting" on the part of everyone in the cast. Dreadful

Don't see it if You love the theater and believe that it is about challenging ideas and engaging with interesting and potentially difficult subjects

79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You are interested in a rather conventional staging of the epic O'Neill play about his dysfunctional family. Jeremy Irons is very good.

Don't see it if You are looking for a new angle to the family drama. Bitterness and accusations abound and only rarely are there glimpses of responsibility

69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are willing to settle of ok Shakespeare. It is not badly done but there is no genius in any of the players.There is mirth and cleverness

Don't see it if your standard for Shakespeare has been ruined by the Globe productions. This is very earthbound but decent enough not to embarass

63
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you can focus on the beauty of the Greek poetry in the midst of unnecessary exhibitionism and chaos. It is a comedy but this is more hostile

Don't see it if you are offended by gratuitous nudity and if you are looking for more structure and coherence