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Apologia

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the show

Direct from London, this new, biting play makes its New York debut with Stockard Channing as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. More…

You do not mess with Kristin Miller. In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight.  A lively look at yesterday’s rebels living in today’s reality. 


Member Reviews (228)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like wordy character driven plot lines with lots of long monologues delivered by exceptional actors.

Don't see it if You’re looking for lots of action or a story that wraps everything up in a tidy little way for you at the end. This one makes you think.

66
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if If you want a show that is slow, unmeaning full and banal. A badly directed play.

Don't see it if If you don't like a well written, consistent play that is poorly directed.

80
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Sad, Intelligent

See it if First act is full of wit and humor, with interesting characters, animated discussion, and serious themes. Ms. Channing is terrific.

Don't see it if Second act is preachy and sobby. The creative energy was gone, replaced by melancholy and simplicity. Act one 90, act two 70.

74
Disappointing, Resonant, Slow, Banal, Thought-provoking

See it if Campbell's brittle drama about feminist pursueing career vs family Channing's layered performance keeps plot contrivances at bay Fine Dancy

Don't see it if Plot drags in characters/situations for Channing's Kristen to mock or demonized w/little effect Little effort made to understand motives

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Unexpected, Diffuse, Rewarding

See it if you're a Stockard Channing fan or interested in new plays, enjoy complex family relationships, original linear plot, well-directed

Don't see it if don't like family dramas, esp. one set in England, have absent mother issues, plots that take their time getting started

Also Hugh Dancy is also quite impressive in two roles

75
Hearing the formidable stockard channing, as pioneering feminist art historian, explain the genius of giotto is a high point; rest of play not at that level

See it if Channing dominates stage w monstrous self-absorption; witness devastating neglect faced by her children but also price she pd 4 her career

Don't see it if flabby 1st Act; irrelevant characters; failure 2 provide effective foil 2 Channing's raging humanism thru religious character missed oppty

64
Slow, I'm baffled by this play. what is the point?, Indulgent

See it if You want to see these actors. However, I was really disappointed by the play. Nice set. I liked the first scene in the second act.

Don't see it if The actors seemed awkward and forced but I think that was the play. It just didn't make much sense, they didn't seem like real people at all

Also Stockard Channing's character was so withholding (when not being awful... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if A woman of lettres sacrifices for causes larger than self and is dismayed when others do not. Sons resent being cast-offs. Terrific cast.

Don't see it if At its core, it's just another tale of mummy-can't-have-it-all. Dimly-lit second act.

Also Title refers to defending one's life without apology.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Stockard Channing in a tour de force role as a mother who cannot forgive herself. Hugh Dancy costars in this tale of love and redemption.

Don't see it if You dislike talky plays with little action, and no scene changes. Slow moving, deliberate pace. Theater is ice cold.

Also Apologia is a quick witted play performed by a stellar cast. All of us... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see one of our finest stage actors show her mettle.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays or if you are expecting to gain new insights on the role of women.

67
Good set, Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow

See it if you like family drama & extreme dysfunction; Channing is excellent though mannered; acting is uneven; sad; thank goodness for John Tillinger

Don't see it if you want another kitchen drama; the play wallows in self pity with characters trying to get along & like each other; first act needs editing

84
Channing lands stinging quips, Dancy shines in dual roles, Talky dysfunctional family and political drama, Thought-provoking

See it if Apologia: Formal, intellectual defense of beliefs and actions. Activist mother with illustrious career confronted by sons who felt abandoned

Don't see it if You don’t think brilliant Stockard Channing delivering interesting intellectual dialogue can redeem an unnatural dysfunctional family drama.

Also Giotto: A Renaissance painter known as the first to paint realistic, n... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the actors or are interested in a play about the effect of a woman's sacrifice to put her career before children.

Don't see it if you don't want to see yet another family drama play that mostly takes place around the kitchen table. Slow start, but builds momentum.

38
Every scene was too long

See it if you want to see a family drama with a little bit of cheesy Humor mixed in

Don't see it if You are annoyed with really long scenes that could be tightened up drastically

Also Every scene in the entire play was too long and drawn out. The older m... Read more Read less

93
Brilliant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting in a play that has something to say about relationships,sacrifices,choices, forgiveness.I LOVE this show.Don't miss it

Don't see it if you want a silly farce or a light hearted musical.This will make you think and feel and reflect--and that's what theatre is all about. GO!

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Cliched, Old-fashioned, Intelligent

See it if Channing is terrific as always. A fairly engrossing story that examines the hidden costs of activism, as paid by the children of activists.

Don't see it if An old-fashioned kind of drama. If that’s not your cup of tea, you might not care for it.

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Responsive, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if heartened by # of new plays praising female valor outside the home (Gloria, Bern/Ham, Doll's House, Pt. 2, What the Constitution Means...)

Don't see it if you’re anxious that at this rate there’ll be no more room left for Arthur Miller revivals

Also I for one am happy the show lives up to the title. Traditional theater... Read more Read less

79
Lovely stockard channing, megalyn echikunwoke. and john tillinger, Uneven hugh dancy

See it if you appreciate good writing. good acting and an interesting take on social commitment and what it requires personally. I would go back.

Don't see it if you want action, glitz., laughs, you have no interest in a reflection on 1960's social commitment.

Also I saw a sub in the pivotal role of the son's American fiancee so the b... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy seeing Stockard Channing onstage in a role that feels like it was written just for her.

Don't see it if you avoid family living room dramas. I have to say, this is my favorite show from Roundabout recently!

75
Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing Stockard Channing do her thing on stage, she adds 10-15 points to my score

Don't see it if you are looking for clear cut black comedy/drama. It is a bit contrived and confusing at times

80
Great acting, Slow, Flawed, Thought-provoking, Crisp dialogue

See it if If you like dysfunctional family dramas performed by a fine cast with a standout Stockard Channing. Provocative situations, no easy answers

Don't see it if sometimes meandering, not always plausible but very watchable.

Also The second act worked much better than the first as some of the second... Read more Read less

65
Creaky, contrived, Good acting, Middlebrow

See it if ...dysfunctional family where mother gets the blame is interesting. Stockard Channing is, as always, very good.

Don't see it if Maybe you haven’t seen this particular play, but you have seen this dynamic before. Several superfluous characters add little to action.

92
Thoughtful slow-yet-steady build of emotions, Channing is exceptional and particularly riveting, Absorbing, Tragi-comedic, "kitchen drama" with the aura of a thriller (even when not the latter)

See it if you don't mind yet another "domestic drama" unfolding around a kitchen table (i.e. If I Forget; The Humans) but with more grit and feminism.

Don't see it if uneven pacing, at least one miscast actor, and an unsatisfying use of Hugh Dancy's second role will bother you; seeking something flashy.

Also Creative, career-driven women seldom make the best mothers. While Apol... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to have another dysfunctional family dinner with people you don't really like, but portrayed by a stellar cast

Don't see it if Your own dysfunctional family is enough for you to handle

67
Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Overrated

See it if enjoy good acting in a play that doesn't really bring anything new to the parent/child relationship.

Don't see it if want more or something new regarding family dynamics.


October 16th, 2018
“Ms. Channing's performance in 'Apologia'...goes some distance in disguising the labored exposition of a work that never quite achieves a natural flow or moves you as much as it should...The layers of Channing’s interpretation, with its core of lacerating anguish, are more intriguing than the plo...
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October 17th, 2018
"Channing manages to make a compellingly conflicted figure, but the play doesn’t give her a lot to work with. It creaks with contrivances and clunky, expositional dialogue...Aukin doesn’t seem to know how to handle the play’s schlock factor...The play means to examine the costs paid by women who ...
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October 16th, 2018
“With plays like ‘Apologia’, the temptation is to get into the weeds, enumerating every little thing about them that feels inauthentic, manipulative, half-baked, or clichéd — when in fact all those things are just cracks in the plaster. The thing is foundationally unsound. Its very premise betray...
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October 16th, 2018
“Aukin has put together an elegant production with a uniformly fine cast, and the writing is laced with poignant Chekhovian shadings. But thematically, we've been down this road many times before, with more penetrating insights...Miller is a juicy role for the inimitably acerbic Channing. Or she ...
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