Already closed | 1h 45m | Gramercy

Can You Forgive Her?

From 166 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Disappointing

About the show

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo brings her signature style of dark humor back to the Vineyard in this sharp comedy of lost souls grappling with the costs of love, money, and the American Dream. More…

It’s Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s drowning in debt, may be falling for the man who pays her bills, and is on the run from her date who has threatened to kill her. When Graham and his fiancée, Tanya, offer her a safe haven, a door opens for all of them…but is the promise of a better life a treat or a trick? Featuring Tony winner Frank Wood and Amber Tamblyn in her stage debut.

1h 45m | Already closed | Vineyard Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (166)


Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Disappointing
Avg Score

Unconvincing, Unsatisfying, Uneven, Uninsightful

See it if you want interesting issues raised (the role of money in relationships/society) and are willing to have the discussion terribly muddied.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot and consistent characters. The dialogue drags. For the Vineyard's stage, unsuitable.

Entertaining, Smart, Great acting

See it if You want a clever, fun character piece in a tight one act show. Amber Tamblyn was fantastic. Easy show to digest and enjoy.

Don't see it if You don't like funny character plays. or plays about our inner dysfunction.

Unforgiveable, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dull

See it if you're an Amber Tamblyn fan or a fan of such stale topics as single-motherhood, working-class debt & mommy issues (w/o any new insights).

Don't see it if you seek an engrossing, amusing or thought-provoking production. This contrived, unevenly acted, half-baked play has none of those qualities

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant

See it if Gionfriddo's take on modern women's economic/sexual choices loosely based on Trollope novel Teaming with ideas yet nothing seems to cohere

Don't see it if Overly long & slow build up hinders early compassion for characters; sluggish direction by DuBois Action picks up with Frank Wood's entrance

Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky

See it if like a play where each character asks Why Am I doing this? Vineyard is always a great place to see theater. The cast gets it.

Don't see it if a bit fluffy at times.. relations between Moms and children arise from the blue

Ambitious, Funny, Slow, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you've like Gionfriddo's past work, enjoy quirky characters including a great turn by Amber Tamblyn, as well as thoughts on women and money

Don't see it if you want to be gripped immediately by a play, have no patience with odd characters, can't stand excessive stage yelling and tantrums

Indulgent, Confusing, Entertaining, Some good one-liners, Has it's moments

See it if You like the "hot mess" trope. You want to see great turn by Frank Wood. You like funny one-liners.

Don't see it if You want coherent character motivations: it was hard to figure out why they continued to stay in the situation.

Resonant, Edgy, Forgettable, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stories about dysfunctional relationships or people who are downtrodden.

Don't see it if you're looking for a pick-me-up or likeable characters. There are some laughs in this, but the focus is really on life's harsh realities.

Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if You'd be interested in a play about the plight of lower middle class white people trying to dig out of debt and deal with their lives.

Don't see it if You're not interested in another dramedy featuring whiny, down-on-their-luck characters.

Also Amber Tamblyn demonstrates that she's a top-notch theatre actress, and... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Relevant, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You are a fan of Amber Tamblyn. You like plays about relationships, letting go, and moving on.

Don't see it if Sexual situations or talk disturb you. You dislike addiction problems in plays. You prefer "normal" relationships.

Also The cast is very good. It includes not only ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Disorganized, Unfocused

See it if you want to see the latest work of a playwright with two Pulitzer nominations or if you want to see the NY theatrical debut of Amber Tamblyn

Don't see it if want a well-structured play with a clear focus.

Quirky, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy a good ensemble doing their best with a somewhat ridiculous plot; can a person like Miranda actually exist?

Don't see it if you are annoyed by simpering, whiny characters whose lives are unbelievable; Amber Tamblyn does an admirable job despite the role.

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Funny

See it if You love Gina's work.

Don't see it if You're impatient, it's a lonnng trip and no intermission

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great comedic performance by Amber Tamblyn who plays a drunk prostitute and unravels more and more throughout the night.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious or profound. It's a good dark comedy, but the strength lies a lot in the strong performances by cast.

Quirky, Slow, Great acting

See it if you enjoy examining unusual romantic relationships seen from different perspectives and watching interactions between unique personalities.

Don't see it if you prefer well developed characters and a strong, well weaved story line and do not particularly enjoy stories about dysfunctional people.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in the desperate measures of some very self indulgent characters.

Don't see it if you like a fast moving show with a clear message.

Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you welcome frank, non-PC discussion of relationships between men/women and anyone/money or anyone/parent, and effects of them on choices.

Don't see it if you prefer large scale or musical/dance productions, light themes with minimal introspection, literary or historical subjects or linear plot

Excrutiatingly painful to sit through this hour and 35 minute production....

See it if you enjoy being both tortured and bored for an hour and 35 minutes.

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING better to do with an hour and 35 minutes of time. SERIOUSLY!!!

Also I was ONLY drawn to see the play because I am a fan of Amber Tamblyn. ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant, Unfinished, Uneven

See it if just a lite fun play-nite is enough for you. Dramedy, w/so-so resolution. Bit unfinished, although I don't get why it was panned by so many.

Don't see it if you want high-drama. Amber's NY stage debut is excellent & worth seeing. Yes, she DOES steal the show (felt like role was written that way).

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if If you like solid plays that have a great ensemble of actors that examine deep seated feelings of loss and difficult relationships

Don't see it if If you want lighthearted plays that won't challenge your own state of mind

Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Talkie, tedious

See it if you want to see a 90 minute play about characters who are in debt and use men to help them and one who cant let his mother's memories go.

Don't see it if you don't like characters that are weak, selfish and just totally unlikable or who you can care about.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You have a subscription.

Don't see it if You crave story where something interesting happens. You're disinterested in the archetypes of Madonna, Whore, and Reason.

Strong acting, Wanted more depth, Disappointing

See it if You're an Amber Tamblyn fan

Don't see it if You want thought-provoking action or dialogue about issues

Also Paper-thin characters mar the strong acting. Relevant economic challen... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy black humor.There are hilarious moments, but the show is quite dark.It's bitingly sarcastic and the characters aren't likable.

Don't see it if prefer pure comedy or family-friendly fare. This isn't madcap comedy or slapstick.

Cliched, Poorly acted, Slow, Banal, Poorly written

See it if you like plays about how debt isn't your fault because, well, moms.

Don't see it if You like cohesive plays with actual messages.

May 23rd, 2017
“The characters speak a kind of bad-faith dialogue, often mechanical or contrary to logic…‘Can You Forgive Her?’ does not, over the longish haul of its 95 minutes, make much drama out of its question mark…The tone is so wobbly that the play draws laughs when it wants to be taken seriously. The op...
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May 23rd, 2017
“Gionfriddo’s new play is called ‘Can You Forgive Her?,’ and after 95 punishing minutes, the obvious answer is no. We cannot forgive the playwright for a haphazard drama knocked together out of unbelievable situations. We cannot forgive the lame characters and thin dialogue…DuBois's direction has...
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May 23rd, 2017
“This dark comedy proves far too inconsequential to justify spending time with its mostly unlikable, weightless characters…The play, sluggishly directed by Peter DuBois, sporadically succeeds in showcasing Gionfriddo’s talent for pungent dialogue...The charismatic Tamblyn provides much needed spa...
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May 23rd, 2017
“A whimsical piece of work…For all its honorable ambitions, it turns out to be more of a party than a play…The banter between Graham and Tanya is clever and yet sober enough to make us think that we’ve got a handle on the playwright’s intentions...Miranda (Tamblyn) shows up and the whole play swi...
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