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All the Ways to Say I Love You

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Members say: 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. More…

Mrs. Johnson is a high-school English teacher and guidance counselor in a loving marriage. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Mrs. Johnson slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.


Member Reviews (132)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
78
Avg Score

60
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!

76
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.

77
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.

13
Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Banal, Confusing

See it if you like Judith Light.

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

55
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 work....it's one of his worse pieces....even at 1 hour feels deadly

100
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.

70
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

75
Absorbing, Disturbing, Intense, Masterclass in acting

See it if you're a J. Light fan - she's amazing & had the audience enthralled, which is quite a feat for such an unlikeable "heroine."

Don't see it if you're bothered by trivializing statutory rape. I left impressed with the performance but feeling like I needed a shower.

Also It disturbed me that the audience loved Light so much that they seemed... Read more Read less

5
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.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Scandalous

See it if you enjoy well acted one-woman plays about the flaws and life mistakes of her life.

Don't see it if you would be offended by deep deceit told from the perpetrator as victim or by innapropriate behavior, specially by a teacher.

74
Not my favorite neil labute

See it if You want to see a varyingly absorbing one man show about living with a lie and its consequences. Simple set, interesting lighting.

Don't see it if You dont like monologues, you are disturbed by the subject matter of a teacher having an affair with a student.

Also There was a talkback and it would have greatly enhanced my enjoyment o... Read more Read less

76
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Saw during preview, Monologue

See it if you enjoy a well told story.

Don't see it if you expect traditional theater with characters who react to each other.

87
Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You enjoy seeing Judith Light in probably the best role of her career. An emotionally charged solo performance.

Don't see it if Do you not see this if you are sensitive concerning sexual issues. Do you not see this if you are ultra conservative .

67
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You like Judith Light. She is wonderful. One woman play and she is powerful.

Don't see it if If you want a new exciting story this is not it. Simple old story that is thin and kinda silly in the end. Very short. Not even one hour.

65
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy great acting making the most out of a trivial script.

Don't see it if Wish to dialogue or anything theatrical - something that you couldn't just read on the page.

90
Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Judith Light and a well told story.

Don't see it if Don't like monologues.

72
Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you're a Judith Light fan and want to see her rip through material

Don't see it if the quality of that material is important

78
Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like Judith Light--she's the reason to go; show is good, her performance is great.

Don't see it if want your show to be more than an hour long, don't like Neil Lobule's writing

98
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Powerful, Emotional

See it if you want to see a magnificent performance by Judith Light. Whatever weaknesses in the script, Ms. Light holds court and never lets up

Don't see it if one person plays are not your thing. A very emotional monologue, one can wonder: Who is she talking to?

76
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an excellent Judith Light give an absorbing monologue that makes you consider a long standing lie from her perspective

Don't see it if You don't like a solo show and justifications for very bad behavior

75
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're okay with an uncomfortable subject of student-teacher affair and enjoy Judith Light's subtlety on stage

Don't see it if you're expecting a powerful plot and seamless problems addressing throughout the monologue

65
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Overrated

See it if You want to see a master at her craft. Judith Light is incredible. She presents herself raw onstage to portray every depth of emotion.

Don't see it if You aren't willing to invest personally in concentration & emotion for 60 minutes. The play was very spendy $$ for the length.

75
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a Neil LaBute or Judith Light fan

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows

74
Great acting, Uncomfortable, Intelligent, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want to see the amazing Judith Light span her vast emotional range

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sex spanning different generations within a relationship.

80
Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Powerful

See it if powerful performance that goes completely in character,

Don't see it if uncomfortable with adult situations


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.....
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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 anticlima...
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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 Ligh...
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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...
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