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A Class Act

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Clever

About the show

New World Stages presents a new drama about what transpires after a major chemical company is caught pouring cancer-causing waste into a municipal water supply. More…

A high-end law firm brings a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of 'the little people' who were affected by the poisonous water. Who wins? Who loses? Who makes millions whether they win or lose? Who gets justice in the end? Seven lawyers fight it out in this timely play.

Member Reviews (32)


Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Clever
Avg Score

Disappointing, Ambitious, Talky, Cerebral, Unconvincing

See it if you are fascinated by lawyers. I found the arguments and strategies unconvincing. This is a punchline play which disappointed.

Don't see it if you want more than talking heads. The plot points didn't work, altho some class action talk was interesting (better done in A Civil Action).

Absorbing, Intelligent, Taut, Intriguiging

See it if you want to see an entertaining legal drama with tightly drawn characters, a fair amount of intrigue, and a realistic narrative.

Don't see it if you are averse to legal potboilers or you've overdosed on the countless TV legal dramas. This is a good play, but it's nothing terribly new.

Lawyers usually don't make great playwrights; this play is no exception

See it if you like to see how the sausage is made-how high powered litigators operate behind closed doors

Don't see it if /since problem with script: out-of-the-blue revenge plot/motivation emerges at end; too many operatic/unrealistic speeches; uneven acting

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

See it if you like a very well written drama about an important environmental issue. Nice twist at the end.

Don't see it if you like a lavish production or don't like hearing lots of court terms.

Also I just saw a one night only reading of this play. It starred Judge Nap... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A legal case drama that's set in a high powered Manhattan law firm conference room. A relevant and realistic play is your choice.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy or satire. The humor in this play is of the black variety ! Contemporary realism is not your thing.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like a serious, relevant, timely piece of theatre. Finally, a show that lives up to its title! It can get dense--have coffee before!

Don't see it if You don't like intellectual banter on stage or if you're looking for a fun show. This ain't it, but what it is--is much better!

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if If you care about what is happening on our planet and how it affects us all. Timely and really makes one think.

Don't see it if If you want something totally funny.

Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good plotting-thoughtful contemporary plays. Or if you're interested in the legal profession, the environment, and moral dilemmas.

Don't see it if you are offended by obscenities, uneven occasionally hyperbolic acting, blackmail, or the use of sexual favors to achieve an end.

Intelligent, Slow, Intense

See it if you love courtroom dramas

Don't see it if if you don't like shows that are long and serious and are more talk than action.

Ambitious, Funny, Clever, Good play-- back scenes look

See it if Interesting look at legal negotiation- but a bit too pc ending

Don't see it if Want real drama or entertainment

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Well acted

See it if you like Law & Order or lawyer-centered storylines and the pursuit of justice.

Don't see it if you hate lawyers or shows involving litigation.

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like watching legal dramas that over use legal jargon to convey intensity. Good effort but missed the mark.

Don't see it if You're in the legal profession and/or prefer well written dramas that offer an element of surprise or make you care about the characters.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy Law & Order. I found it predictable but my friends didn't. I was presently surprised and actually really enjoyed it.

Don't see it if If "lawyer talk" isn't your thing or you don't like shows like Law & Order.

Slow, Dated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a play that tries to make you think.

Don't see it if you have another show in mind


See it if you don't mind bad language.

Don't see it if you want better plot and acting

Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if #10

Don't see it if You want to sleep.

Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see some good acting/attractive actors.

Don't see it if You like plays with emotional resonance that say something besides: "the system sucks", plus everything the L&S review said.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like smart drama and good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like to think.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the sophisticated wit of A R Gurney sand the wry view of academia.

Don't see it if you like in-your-face comedy

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Poorly written

See it if You want a super long, live-action version of a bad Law and Order episode. The acting wasn't good, especially from the female lead.

Don't see it if You want something up beat and fast paced. This show was a drag and honestly needs to close. There wasn't anything entertaining about it.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to get into some air conditioning. This show just misses. Not awful but with topical subject it could have been so much more.

Don't see it if You're looking for any sort of relevant connection to current problems (Flint, Michigan), they just don't go there. Too much legal jargon.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if the pros and cons of any business. what our society is like. .It mirrored Ibsen's An Enemy Of The People & Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

Don't see it if My wife found it less provoking. I was not happy with the decision to have the actors project away from the Audience at times.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant, Slow

See it if you enjoy a show in which evil gets what it deserves; talky lawyers; interesting dialogue (if you're a lawyer); plot twists.

Don't see it if you don't want to see yet another show about big corporations hurting the little guy; you don't want to come out hating lawyers.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Original, Intelligent

See it if I was surprised by this. Interesting characters with shifting allegiances, no fluff, good dialog, engaging-until the last 5 min vitiated it

Don't see it if you dont like legal dramas. you dont want to have the entire ethical legal construct turned upside down and undermined for "drama" .

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, A soap opera

See it if if you understand or even care about class actions.

Don't see it if if you are looking for the kind of story John Grisham would write. This is NOT it!

July 26th, 2016
"It's certainly a juicy situation, one that a more experienced playwright could invest with plenty of crackle, but Shabel and his director aren't, theatrically speaking, ready to graduate from moot court…The double-dealing and horse-trading is often surprisingly limp…Neither the writing nor the d...
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July 30th, 2016
“Unlike such films as ‘Erin Brockovich’ and ‘A Civil Action’ which cover similar ground in stories of ecological pollution, this play takes place exclusively in executive conference rooms where the decisions are made. In the course of this taut 90 minute drama directed by Christopher Scott, ...
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July 26th, 2016
"A behind-the-scenes look at how and why class-action suits can drag on for years…No faulting the seven-member cast. They do a good job of individualizing all these high-powered legal types…Unfortunately the playwright resorts to using some really hoary tricks to move his plot forward…The product...
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July 28th, 2016
“In the end, however, in spite of Shabel’s sincere attempt, we care little about this story...The characters themselves are more iconic than specific...There are no real surprises as everything plays out...The connections leading up to the conclusion are never clearly established and the landing ...
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