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Reviews (96)
51
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you LOVE the book. Pretty straight retelling. Seemed dated and slow to me.

Don't see it if you are hoping to see something clever and different like other Ms. Hamil's plays.

75
Good acting, some great scenes

See it if you like to see a small play with some big ideas. Although it doesn't all add up it still has some great scenes.

Don't see it if you expect perfection. This works on some levels and doesn't on others but I still got something from it.

49
Excruciating, Applaud effort but so many problems

See it if you are forced to go. This play is a melodramatic mess. If the tone had been different it may have been a black comedy but no just a mess

Don't see it if you value your time and money. It is hard to sit through a mess like this when you see potential and wonder what if...

80
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate great acting/writing. A very thought provoking play about who deserves the land and the extent one will go for what's right

Don't see it if don't like to see sex on stage, have trouble with very heavy accents (I didn't!), don't want to confront troublesome history, messy truths

Also I really felt this was a smart adaptation using South Africa and apart... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to see an interesting set, good acting.

Don't see it if You want a cohesive theatre experience. Too many ideas jumbled together and not one explored deeply enough. This play needs work!!

69
Plot brings irish tale down

See it if You like to see eating, drinking, dancing, animals, IRISH FAMILY LIFE on stage. Realistic and interesting.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. I was so with this for about 40 minutes then slowly the plot started to tear apart the story.

69
During previews
Great topic not ready for prime time

See it if you want to listen in on two people working through their sex issues. The conversation is thought provoking if not completely engrossing.

Don't see it if you like a traditional format. Although the talking straight out for half the play makes you wonder it also makes you wander from play.

95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love great storytelling. It's funny,simple, sweet and interesting. I sat there with a smile on my face the whole time.

Don't see it if you need big production values. This is one man and his body and his voice. He conjures animals, cars, Irish countryside and people! LOVED

60
During previews
Lovely performances don't help weak storytelling, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see some pretty great acting. But the story of an aging parent doesn't enlighten or move.

Don't see it if you want a well constructed, interesting story of the sadness and difficulties of parenting a parent.

69
During previews
Too slow, not clever enough

See it if you like British accents and a too slow farce.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained.

60
During previews
Actors work hard but can't save play, Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Great acting

See it if you love to watch great actors trying really hard to make this repetitive, not finished play work. No dramatic question here, random ideas

Don't see it if you really want to learn about the struggles of Bernhardt, being the first female to play Hamlet. Great topic, poorly explored by playwright

65
Poignant ideas and great acting but doesn't involve you

See it if you want to see a play by a woman, preformed by women about women issues.

Don't see it if you want to be moved. I felt like I was watching and wanting to be touched but it all stayed on the stage. The actors work hard but....

65
Not clear what this play is trying to say which ultimately is frustrating

See it if you're interested in a conversation about poor vs. rich and advantages vs. disadvantages BUT unfortunately this play doesn't dig deep

Don't see it if you want moving, interesting dialogue or plot. This play brings up interesting ideas but could have been so much more.

69
Great sets, amazing dancing, no soul

See it if you love amazing dancing. So beautiful. Also you love BIG musicals.

Don't see it if you love this play. I felt like their was no heart so was disappointed in this production. But beautiful visually.

70
Interesting to watch but misses the writer's intentions

See it if you like an evocative set , good performances, although confusing interpretation, Hicky is having a breakdown, DW plays like born again

Don't see it if you want to see O'Neill's play. This is a OK production but DW's is off on lead role. (Although he's still kind of enjoyable to watch)

79
Train ride to hell

See it if great acting, direction and visually interesting experience is your thing.

Don't see it if you want surprises. This is a one way ticket, without much depth. The play doesn't excite, the production does.

65
During previews
Flat, lifeless and boring

See it if you have to. I found it offensive that the first 3 minutes was just listening to a Stevie Wonder song. What if you are deaf???

Don't see it if you expect this to be a brand, new take of the play. The teacher seems like a creep in this production.

80
Not your typical musical-subtle,gentle, lovely, engrossing

See it if you like different musical experiences, mostly lovely, haunting music. No tap shoe here!!

Don't see it if demand typical dance numbers and belted songs. This is quiet and slow and moody

70
Great staging, Quirky, Slow, Not dramatic

See it if you want to see a great set, good actors, enjoy a few interesting and thought provoking moments but more of a meditation not dramatic

Don't see it if you hate narrators controlling the action or lack of action. Way too much narration with actors standing there looking out.

78
Clever, edgy, profound, well acted

See it if you like good acting, thoughtful writing, and want to support the worthy Harlem Rep Theatre

Don't see it if you want a long narrative and tip top production values. This play is unrelated scenes depicting black America done simply and done well.

80
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like a simple story about life in a small town in England. This production just tells a story with no tricks. It's lovely.

Don't see it if you want flashy tricks on stage. The actors tell this early 1900 story with conviction and clarity.

75
Great singing, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to hear some beautiful singing, see some interesting acting. The stage is beautifully lit with candles, funny wigs add to the fun.

Don't see it if you want a complex plot or really even a play, as this isn't one. This is more of a true story that is interesting but not dramatic.

79
During previews
Good drama, good production

See it if you like straightforward drama, well acted. The plot is easy to follow, with tension and provoking ideas.

Don't see it if you hate drama. Not many laughs but good acting, good production.

51
During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you are forced to see it! Or if you love Lithgow. I love storytelling but the stories told here I did not love at all.

Don't see it if you have ANYthing better to do. This must have been a give away to Lithgow. They must have said, "OK, do whatever you want."

60
Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see a pretty set and a lovely theatre. BUT the play and acting and direction not so lovely.

Don't see it if you want to see good acting and credible direction. This production is so OFF!

50
A mess, Slow, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you HAVE to see it. We had never seen this company, topic was interesting, hubby from Chicago, went with high hopes, sadly not good.

Don't see it if you want to be inspired. This is sadly unprofessional on so many levels. And the play has some inherent problems that they couldn't solve.

82
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a story that is sad and thought provoking. Great strides in medicine at the expense of innocents, so unfair.

Don't see it if you are squeamish about women "parts", the reality of child birth. If you don't have patience for maybe a not finished play as pace is slow

70
During previews
Good intentions, not deep thinking

See it if you love the discussion of inclusive/exclusive society. These scenes bring up many different views, necessary conversations BUT...

Don't see it if you want a more profound exploration of issues. I found it all fairly predictable and flat.

85
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to contemplate history's long reach and how it can affect generations later. Also really interesting structure and great acting.

Don't see it if you have problems with nudity, some confusing story lines, overreaching and not as deeply thought out ideas as I would have liked...

79
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Idea great but not fully realized

See it if you want to see Glenn Close doing wonderful work on stage and like the idea of imagining St. Joan's family. But mostly it left me wanting.

Don't see it if you want to see a fully realized play. The idea is so good but the play doesn't completely and satisfactorily live up to it!

79
Simple play with truths

See it if you want to smile. This was a new world but with recognizable issues. The actors are great. The story is about cliques and acceptance.

Don't see it if you are tired of the Mean Girl characters. Although this is more interesting and sincere. There is a lot of heart, if somewhat predictable.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you are angry about this supreme court appointment. THIS weekend this show was what I needed to see. It made me think!

Don't see it if you want a traditional play. This is more like a personal journey told to us in simple direct address with a few surprises.

60
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated

See it if you want to contribute to this cash cow for the producers. This is nothing but nostalgia for Potter fans who come in costume.

Don't see it if you value theatre. I even found the magic lacking. The story is inane and the staging is clunky. Save your money and read a Potter book

60
Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, A mess up

See it if you want to see this great space. Also set is cool in it's simplicity with good use of props and music.

Don't see it if you want a coherent play. The two plays together didn't make any sense to me and the pace so slow. I love this company but not this.

90
During previews
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like to laugh and enjoy watching 2 actors playing a whole town!!! This production is fun and moving at times and inspires hope!

Don't see it if you don't like to see 2 actors playing everybody in this small town.

60
During previews
So heavy handed, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see great, committed actors trying hard to make the audience care about this mess of a play.

Don't see it if you want an honest experience. This is about Job, updated and painfully acted out in front of you, highlighted by direct bible passages.

Also I felt like the writer didn't trust the audience to get it so had to s... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy storytelling. This is a sad, interesting tale, told fairly simply and directly, with wonderful, subtle acting.

Don't see it if you want bells and whistles. This is almost pure storytelling. Sometimes just a raised eyebrow or a shrug is all you get but great!

49
Cliched, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have to, forced to, are dragged there. This is a messy, plodding eve.

Don't see it if you value your time. This play is not ready to be in a production.

80
Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are angry and sick of our current administration, and You want to see talented performers and wonderful dancers.

Don't see it if you don't like thought provoking, angry monologues that confront many issues but mostly our current administration.

70
During previews
Uninspired staging of an interestingly written play., Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Shaw, which I do. The words are interesting! But the production not so much.

Don't see it if you want to see an exciting, bold version of Shaw's JOAN. In this production there is a lot of sitting around.

Also Not sure if Ms. Rashad is up to it or just poorly directed but, to me,... Read more Read less

79
Good acting, direction, dialogue and a few quibbles

See it if you want to see a young voice of the theatre who is quite a playwright! Good acting, great direction, and I liked the dialogue.

Don't see it if you want a play to be perfect. A few quibbles like why does C use N's computer at C's house except for plot hmmm and some scenes too long

80
During previews
Huge production, big ideas

See it if you like theatrical, thought provoking theatre. Great acting, scary angels, many ideas

Don't see it if you can't stand a 7 and half hour "Opera". It is not perfect theatre, some off the topic rants, over the top music, sickness, sadness,tears

75
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something different and ambitious. It doesn't work on every level but it works on many.

Don't see it if you don't like violence and you need a perfectly tidy plot. This plot wanders in an over-the-top, in-your-face way. Interesting with excess

80
During previews
Interesting, different, provocative

See it if you love Albee and want to see a very straight forward production. If you like plays where people talk to each other but objectives vague

Don't see it if you want lots of bells and whistles. This is a play about dialogue, conversation, what is said and isn't said, very little outward action.

69
During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, In an effort to empower, it deflates

See it if you get a free ticket and want to learn about structure and what works and doesn't work on stage.

Don't see it if You care about the rights of special people. This makes Amy into a cliche as she only can seem to recite movie lines. Uninteresting!

60
Like a skit that got elongated

See it if you HAVE to see it

Don't see it if you want a thoughtful, probing piece of theatre. This is a skit that was made into a full length with everything thrown in the bath water.

82
During previews
Vivid storytelling, with pain, guts and glory

See it if you want to experience storytelling at it's best. Simple, direct, provoking and visually stunning.

Don't see it if you can't take the truth about the horrors of cancer coupled with abuse of women . Not an easy story but told bravely and with purpose.

70
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to see good actors working together. You like drama.

Don't see it if you hate 'a little slow to reveal itself" drama. This play cooks slowly and doesn't quite boil, but is interesting.

79
Loved music even if storytelling is a bit off

See it if you want to hear some great music. The singing was beautiful and rocking.

Don't see it if you want a clear story. The story line is weak, with not enough meat to it. Some beautiful music but not enough story.

80
Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you have fond memories of Joe Papp/The Public and are curious about how this important theatre became history. You are a fly, witnessing...

Don't see it if you want fireworks. This is a meditation on being in the room where it happened. You are invited to observe and it is quiet and personal.