A Walk in the Woods
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A Walk in the Woods
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A Walk in the Woods NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(88 Ratings)
Positive
93%
Mixed
7%
Negative
0%
Members say
Intelligent, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the Show

Set at the end of the Cold War, Lee Blessing's provocative drama tells the tale of a series of meetings between an American and a Russian Ambassador.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (88)

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124 Reviews | 28 Followers
95
Loved it!, Great cast, Great direction, Wonderful production

See it if you enjoy a great production of a brilliant script. A wonderful evening.

Don't see it if you want a musical. but the story's well written and acted. Also relevant.

50 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are fascinated by duals of wits and character, want relevant theater and enjoy enduring, impactful drama in an intimate space

Don't see it if Don't like serious plays, thinking bores you, you only like fluff and aren't interested in watching wonderful actors in an intimate setting Read more

66 Reviews | 15 Followers
93
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you have any interest in history, or just like intense, intelligent theater.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

110 Reviews | 18 Followers
91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if If you like great acting, great direction, seeing good entertaining theater. This is a truly wonderful production of a timeless play.

Don't see it if you don't like listening to well written dialogue and witnessing good acting.

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the interplay between psychology and history

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment

63 Reviews | 22 Followers
89
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if This is a well written historically influenced story that holds true for today's events. Acting was in fine form. Very satisfying

Don't see it if If you want fast action and big production. This is an intimate setting with bare bones but brilliant set. Not for the frivolous seekers.

302 Reviews | 99 Followers
87
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to get a fictionalized view into how politics gets things done - or not!

Don't see it if you want a plot and action heavy story. This is a story more about what goes Unsaid and reading between the lines.

269 Reviews | 38 Followers
85
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if It's very clever. If you like good dialog and are a bit cynical about world events, this will please you.

Don't see it if You think Ronald Wilson Reagan really tried to achieve significant nuclear disarmament.

Critic Reviews (10)

Theatermania
March 26th, 2018

"Every conversation hovers at the surface, never diving into the specifics of what these two men are actually trying to achieve...None of the artists involved in the production seem to be making any bold choices with the text...The ebb and flow of their relationship feels largely stagnant...Granted, Blessing spends two hours illustrating just how our political system spins its wheels while moving nowhere. But that's no excuse for the play depicting that system to be equally inert."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 29th, 2018

"Time has not sharpened its impact. But one can appreciate the play's wit as well as its clear-eyed assessment of a process that, ultimately, becomes an end in itself...If 'A Walk in the Woods' can't reach a satisfactory conclusion, if it ultimately ends up chasing its own tail, Donna Jean Fogel's production benefits from Van Treuren's sly characterization and the contributions of the design team."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 26th, 2018

"Unfortunately, civility does not always make for the most gripping drama, and rather shamefully, I thought perhaps some occasional puerile name-calling and pompous boasts might make for a more riveting evening...Under Donna Jean Fogel's unfussy direction, Van Treuren and Manning bring, for the most part, admirable restraint to their roles...The play certainly speaks to audiences today...Perhaps it is advisable to take in a mild and reflective play every now and then."
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TheaterScene.net
March 30th, 2018

"The two talented, delightfully understated actors have taken on these roles with energy and sincerity. Manning makes Honeyman both simple and complex at the same time while Van Treuren mines Botvinnik's uncanny ability to charm and frighten at the same time. You root for them from beginning to end and hope against hope for them to actually produce a treaty."
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Broadway Blog
March 30th, 2018

"Van Treuren and Manning offer excellent performances, each…providing emotional depth, intellectual nuance, and humorous timing to the conversations. The…silver-haired Van Treuren…masterfully creates the image of a congenial, well-educated, wryly humorous, Continental sophisticate…Manning, although sometimes guilty of mumbling…makes a perfect foil for Andrey's witty ribbing…Still, so much…focuses on the personalities of the…negotiators, it doesn't require two hours for its points to be made."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 27th, 2018

"Kudos to Van Treuren, who makes Botvinnik his own...For this play to truly work, you need two actors at the top of their game. Van Treuren is wonderfully cast. I really loved his balance between diplomat and humorist. He is like watching a masterclass in acting. Manning just seems miscast. I never believed he was a diplomat...There is a cadence and a cat-and-mouse feel to their speech and though Honeyman starts off as someone new to this game, he is supposed to be a prized negotiator."
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W
March 28th, 2018

"Blessing’s deft 1988 two-hander is, unfortunately, no less topical today...The play is beautifully written, humorous and perceptive. Manning's Honeyman is believably ardent and volatile..Somehow, however, the actor only intermittently inhabits the role...As the Russian, Van Treuren is a complete delight...Gestures are in character, manner elegant, timing impeccable...Fogel handles her scenario with utter finesse. Movement always comes from somewhere...Pacing is excellent."
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Off Off Online
March 27th, 2018

"As a study in opposites, Blessing’s play still works...Manning plays a dour character and hasn't quite found a way to make him as interesting as Botvinnik is initially, although eventually his Honeyman achieves parity...One suspects that the production was planned because of a resurgence of concerns about nuclear war in the current political climate. But it now feels just as much like a celebration of the foreign-service professionals who devote their lives to negotiating."
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