All the Ways to Say I Love You
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All the Ways to Say I Love You

All the Ways to Say I Love You NYC Reviews and Tickets

(133 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

MCC Theater presents Neil LaBute's new drama, a solo play about love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire. Starring two-time Tony winner Judith Light.

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Member Reviews (133)

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913 Reviews | 928 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Amazing performance. Simple staging, great lighting. Great writing and clever storytelling.

Don't see it if Themes of child abuse/statutory rape bother you. In a 55 min play, there was plenty of room to develop a few of the threads a bit more.

888 Reviews | 1017 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Light or enjoy watching masterful performances. Light is excellent & has you hanging on to her every word.

Don't see it if Running at 55 mins, it's a little short. Felt there could have been more to the story and would have liked to have seen it play out.

1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Banal, Confusing

See it if you like Judith Light.

Don't see it if you like a good story.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Well acted, Absorbing, Banal, Unambitious, Short

See it if you like Light or LaBute. You get plenty of both here. The play is unambitious. As a character study (with a punchline ending) it succeeds.

Don't see it if Not much insight, just a strong performance. Why is Light sharing her story?Not sure what the moral is. Very short for ticket price!

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if God bless the incomparable Judith Light doing heavy lifting for this light- weight piece; if your're a die hard LaBute fan its tolerable

Don't see it if On the shelf with LaBute's's one of his worse pieces....even at 1 hour feels deadly

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Indulgent, Narrow

See it if you want a well acted play.

Don't see it if you want something of importance. The show is narrow in scope and unimportant. The flow of the play is predictable with its ebbs and flows

520 Reviews | 107 Followers
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You want to fall asleep, but thank God its only a short nap as the play is under and hr. I loved everything Neil did until now, what a

Don't see it if disappointment. Everyone knows if Light wasn't it in no one would care. This is how the theater steals money from people.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Absorbing, Masterful, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You love Judith Light, who gives a powerhouse performance as a conflicted teacher. Beautiful set design set in a school room.

Don't see it if You are offended by the talk of adultery.

Critic Reviews (36)

The New York Times
September 28th, 2016

"Light's performance, under the assured direction of Leigh Silverman, is a model of modulated transparency. It’s an artful 'now you see her, now you don’t' presentation of character that almost makes you believe that the story being told on stage may wind up surprising you after all. It doesn’t...Ms. Light brings a vibrant, thirsty eroticism to the part...'All the Ways' feels less like classical tragedy than vintage soap opera."
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Time Out New York
September 28th, 2016

"It could accurately be described as lightweight—or, better, Light-weight: Its impact comes largely from Judith Light’s full-throttle performance...Light moves in and out of emotional intensity, building up pressure and then pulling back. It’s foreplay of a kind, but it builds to an odd anticlimax. LaBute has written very good short plays spun out of single ideas. This hour-long work seems like an attenuated version of one of those: a 20-minute play with stretch marks."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 28th, 2016

"The gap between content and tone is so extreme that the play would get dangerously close to giggle-worthy were it not for Light’s commitment to it...She is a marvel of heightened naturalism, all her abilities in top form and wielded together toward the same ends...That said, it’s clear that Light is working too hard to make up for what’s missing in the script...I’m not sure what else the director and actress could have done...It’s admirable how much they succeed."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 28th, 2016

"Lasting less than an hour, the monologue barely justifies its existence beyond serving as a strong acting vehicle...Unobtrusively directed by Silverman, the piece feels overextended despite its brevity; the provocative premise is never fleshed out in sufficiently intriguing fashion. Its thinness is somewhat redeemed by Light's impressively intense performance...The playwright has put us in similarly uncomfortable moral positions many times before, but usually in far more interesting fashion."
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September 28th, 2016

"An embarrassingly clumsy one-act...LaBute always did have a way with words. But while the language of the play makes for easy listening, not so the thinking behind it...Light is one of our most reliable stage actors...But she appears to be experiencing real discomfort getting through Mrs. Johnson’s humiliating confession, discomfort beyond the character’s own distress about the lies she’s told...There’s no context for Mrs. Johnson’s exposure of her deepest, most painful secrets."
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October 7th, 2016

"This Neil LaBute monologue dresses up the sordid tale of a horny married teacher and her affair with a very young African-American student in a lame approximation of Greek tragedy that reaches way beyond its soap-opera grasp...Mrs. Johnson is a wallowing, self-regarding narcissist...The show is effectively staged by Leigh Silverman for the adventurous MCC Theatre, and I believe we’re supposed to admire her for her 'honesty,' but I wasn’t buying any of it for a second."
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AM New York
September 28th, 2016

"A relatively sympathetic character portrait, in which Mrs. Johnson opens up about the weight of her anguish and regret. It’s as if LaBute is trying to confront the general perception that his writing is misogynistic in tone. Light gives a shaded and dramatically effective performance under the direction of Leigh Silverman that keeps you drawn in. That said, 'All the Ways to Say I Love You' is a pretty slight offering, running just an hour and with a single performer on a tiny set."
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September 28th, 2016

"It is a disappointing misfire from an otherwise dynamite team...LaBute continues his penchant for the unexpected by eschewing all that makes him a thrilling writer, penning a play that is limp in both story and language...The story lethargically meanders as LaBute drops little breadcrumbs that encourage us to hold out hope for an exciting twist that never really comes...Director Silverman does little to solve the disconnect between text and performer."
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