In Previews: Opens Nov 19 | East Village

A Bright Room Called Day

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Indulgent

About the show

A new version Tony Kushner's ("Caroline, Or Change"; "Angels in America") first play, a prescient 1985 drama suggesting the possibility of the Reagan counter-revolution eventually giving rise to American fascism. More…

From the show:

Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.

Funny, brilliant, and devastating, this new production of A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY revisits an epic work that takes a piercing look at the vulnerability of American democracy, and demands to know: when the devil takes up residence in your country… will you act?


Member Reviews (48)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Indulgent
66
Avg Score

During previews
54
Disappointing, Excruciating, Great acting, Pretentious, Messy

See it if you want to see any of these great actors perform brilliantly despite the material. They are THE saving grace of the show.

Don't see it if unfocused self-indulgent sophomoric writing on an unacceptable 3hr05min ramble.

Also This is actually a nice play about a group of friends during the rise ... Read more Read less

During previews
50
Great acting, Uneven, Unfocused, Disappointing, Way too long

See it if only for the performances. The actors are all great despite the script.

Don't see it if There is a decent play in there but it gets muddled w/ lots of interruption from the "writer" who rambles on & does not add anything.

Also It's easy to see the many parallels between this story and our current... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Must see, Profound

See it if You appreciate GENIUS political playwriting!!! This is smart and funny and sad and BRILLIANT and captures the essence of today perfectly.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a dense dialogue and a quirky plot. This show may raise more questions than it answers but that just means you’re thinking.

Also I LOVED THIS!! If you’ve felt despair lately over our current politica... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Compelling, Political, Overlong, Overwritten, Smart

See it if you wonder what an uneven but compelling look at the authoritarian takeover of an earlier democracy might have to say about our own.

Don't see it if you have found Kushner wordy in the past: He’s perhaps never been wordier than in this rewrite of his 1st full-length play.

Also Because this is a Tony Kushner play, it’s overwritten. Because it’s a ... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Talky, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You love Kushner & his headiness (& wordiness) when it comes to politics, with bonus “inside baseball” dramaturgy about the play itself.

Don't see it if You can’t stand plays that are all talk with little action, that urge us to “act” against evil, in a play where no one does that themselves.

During previews
64
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if good acting is the only reason to see this play; some bright spots give a window into Kushner's talent and future writing ability.

Don't see it if no patience for a snail's paced piece of theater at 3 hrs. long; Kushner's 1st play & it shows; repetitious; overwrought to what purpose?

Also What more can be said when at least half the audience leaves at interm... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Kushner's early political play with a masterful cast

See it if A taste of the brilliance to come in Angels. Long and talky, but with an excellent cast. The interruptions by Hadary as Kushner were clever

Don't see it if I liked Nikki James, Michael Urie, Estelle Parsons. Historical info in projections were very helpful. I love Eubie Blake's "Memories of You"

Also This play is right up my alley and I ate it up (to mix metaphors). Sta... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A top-notch cast in 3/4 of a good play. The part of the show that takes place in Nazi Germany was compelling. And Estelle Parsons!

Don't see it if The other 1/4, doesn't quite work. They have 2 modern-day characters, 1 of whom is supposed to be Kushner, interrupting the action. Nope.

During previews
49
Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to follow Tony Kushner’s career. An early play revised. Scholarly writing, intelligently presented.

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays, wordy plays, pretentious writing, unnecessary updates.

During previews
95
Masterful, Layered, Great acting, Great writing, Intellectual

See it if You can deal with the rich complexity of real life among passionate political characters. Nothing is black or white, nothing is easy.

Don't see it if You don't mind missing great individual performances. You are not of the left, and that poisons your appreciation for anything Tony writes.

During previews
53
Theater gods, please have mercy on my soul for the sin of leaving at intermission

See it if You are a committed theatergoer who doesn’t mind being challenged.

Don't see it if You’re willing to cut the playwright some slack for indulging himself.

Also I honestly had no idea what was going on for three-fourths of Act I an... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great acting, Dense

See it if you want to see a fantastic cast working with some complex and challenging material; you're willing to be patient with an ambitious and

Don't see it if uneven piece...it's overwrought and exhausting in places. But there's something brilliant in the unconventional structure and writing

During previews
40
Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like plays that are just incoherent, like to see a cast of great actors with nothing to do, and badly equate Hitler/Reagan/Trump.

Don't see it if You like Tony Kushner, and hold him to the standards of Angels in America. This felt like him finding a story he wrote in grade school...

During previews
70
Disappointing, Indulgent, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if An intense political drama focused on Berlin in the early thirties paralleling current politics with two contemporary characters commenting

Don't see it if on the narrative as it unfolds as well as participating. Lovely cast, but very talky and full of long monologues that are long winded,

Also Interesting temporal dynamic --as the show reflects three times, the p... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like plays with heavy political themes, or with clever structuring devices.

Don't see it if You like coherent plays presented in a straight chronological order, or if you enjoy musicals.

During previews
50
Long, Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want a thought-provoking piece of theater with some strong moments of acting from a talented ensemble.

Don't see it if you want a focused, coherent play. At three hours, this play drags in parts and, while ambitious, doesn't quite come together.

During previews
66
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy seeing the "playwright" break the 4th wall.

Don't see it if You want nuance. They're hitting you over the head w connections between Nazi Germany and today. We can get it without the big red arrow.

During previews
10
Confusing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Fell asleep for 90% of the show. Love Tony Kushner but the new device of time interruption from the future didn't work for me.

Don't see it if Long talky play about politics not your thing

During previews
93
Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want a thought provoking if sometimes difficult to navigate evening. I’ll probably lose sleep over this one.

Don't see it if You want flawless theater. The charm of this is the flaws and how live theater can always change.

During previews
71
Slow, Great acting, Resonant, Talky, Ambitious

See it if you loved "Angels in America" and want to see a revival of Kushner's earliest play that could have been named "Devils in Germany". Relatable

Don't see it if you don't like 3 hr. plays, are apolitical, or like Trump. You view the whole audience, including many sleepers & empty seats in 2nd act.

Also This revival had many parts rewritten to include events of today and t... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Kushner updates his 80s reflection on the comparison of Reagan to the Rise of facism and Hitler in germany. UPdated for Trump. great cast

Don't see it if if you have trouble with long 3 hour dense plays where you must concentrate on the words or are a trump supporter and cannot take criticism

During previews
78
Indulgent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Tony Kushner’s work, of course

Don't see it if You don’t like to be interrupted during the show

Also It’s interesting but the “author”’s part was not very well written and... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Talky. intermittently interesting., Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a fine playwright's first play. You're interested in the rise of Nazism and its parallels to contemporary American history.

Don't see it if You don't like long and long-winded plays. You dislike it when a play breaks the fourth wall.

Also To me, the breaking of the fourth wall was the most interesting part o... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Trying hard but...

See it if you want to see a very good playwright struggling with making his play work. SO much so that there's a "playwright" on stage explaining...

Don't see it if you want a working play. Too much telling, plot points written on set and not enough showing. Lesson in storytelling and what works or not

During previews
69
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to consider current history in America to then battle between Fascisms and Communism in Berlin in the 1930s.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by comparison of current day politics to the rise of the Third Reich.

Also It starts as a history of Berlin in the early 1930s through the eyes o... Read more Read less


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