Consider the Lilies
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Consider the Lilies
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Consider the Lilies NYC Reviews and Tickets

62%
(17 Ratings)
Positive
41%
Mixed
35%
Negative
24%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious

About the Show

Tony nominee Austin Pendleton stars in House Red Theatre Company's inaugural production, a world premiere love story with tragic consequences.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (17)

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179 Reviews | 29 Followers
88
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting from Pendelton and Davis; visual arts truths are woven together with questions of love, gay identity, friendships, parenting,..

Don't see it if if you do not have the patience to follow a complex story to develop and mature. in a slow motion.

110 Reviews | 27 Followers
84
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see the writings of a exciting new american playwright.

Don't see it if The play is complex and takes awhile to get going but second act makes it worthwhile.

254 Reviews | 138 Followers
83
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if A full- performance by a master actor/director intrigues you

Don't see it if You expect a fully polished neat ending type of play

129 Reviews | 26 Followers
81
Absorbing, Great acting, A hidden gem

See it if This play, shown at a small off-Broadway theater, deserves a production in a larger venue. Austin Pendleton delivers a masterly performance

Don't see it if You need action, or if you don't appreciate great acting

192 Reviews | 24 Followers
75
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Interesting

See it if you might be interested in a story about an aging "bitter, bisexual alcoholic."

Don't see it if you don't like Austin Pendleton or want to see something light.

524 Reviews | 134 Followers
70
Emotional well-acted needs editing too long

See it if Gay alcoholic artist struggles with self-doubt and obsession with handsome agent. Austin Pendleton is a treasure. Eric Davis fine as agent

Don't see it if Seems like an early draft. Two minor characters could be cut. I also liked Peter Collier as the cocky young artist.

291 Reviews | 716 Followers
68
Disjointed, Great acting, More than a tad misogynistic

See it if you want to see the masterful Austin Pendleton in a play he feels strongly about, as well as a solid performance by Eric Joshua Davis.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive plot or a well written female character, and you have no patience for themes that take you in multiple circles Read more

138 Reviews | 87 Followers
65
Great acting, Long, Script needs further development

See it if You enjoy great actors doing their thing: Austin Pendleton, Peter Collier, and Liarra Michelle all shine. Some interesting concepts at play.

Don't see it if The script still needs work. Further development -- and cuts -- are necessary. It would help if the playwright were not also the director.

Critic Reviews (6)

Talkin' Broadway
January 14th, 2017

"A sprawling shambles of a play. It is sorely in need of serious pruning, shaping, and revision…Kudos to Austin Pendleton and to Eric Joshua Davis for their efforts at breathing life into their respective, if poorly developed, characters. But there is way too much repetition, tangential conversations, pointless meandering episodes, and odd bits of business, so that the time drags on considerably until the play finally comes to its end more than two-and-a-half hours after it began."
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TheaterScene.net
January 19th, 2017

"Fitfully entertaining but ultimately exasperating, Stuart Fail’s unwieldy drama 'Consider the Lilies' is enlivened by the venerable Austin Pendleton’s captivating performance...Fail has a facility for lively dialogue with numerous setups and punch lines that land. However, there is also a lot of stilted exposition and lengthy, stiff philosophical discourses...Fails’ direction is straightforward but doesn’t inject much energy."
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Theatre is Easy
January 17th, 2017

"While Fail has a talent for dialogue and witty one-liners, the first three-quarters of his play lacks action…For my money, the play is worth sitting through if only to see the excellent scene between Collier and Pendleton. But Fail would do very well to take another look at his script in order to rid it of much that feels extraneous, including three whole characters and at least an hour of run time. As it stands, Pendleton’s graceful performance and million-dollar smile is worth every penny."
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Broadway Blog
January 16th, 2017

“If ever a play needed sharp direction this is it; instead, the play's structural weakness is exaggerated by Fail's egregiously sloppy staging on a bland, shabby-looking set of beige apartment walls, amateurishly designed and even more amateurishly lit by S. Watson...Fail's pacing is ragged, his actors seem to be blocking themselves on the fly, most scenes lack dynamic tension, there's a laughably phony beating, and, sadly, much of the acting is inadequate.”
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
January 24th, 2017

"Fail flirts with a lot of subtextual plot possibilities, but it all left me puzzled or disinterested. Still, Pendleton amuses as always and newcomer Peter Collier, who appears as a wise-ass, aspiring, and punkish young artist in the second act, had genuine spark."
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Let's Talk Off-Broadway
January 15th, 2017

"Austin Pendleton didn’t disappoint here, but he’s the main element of interest…The characters are given to repeating in claustrophobic loops rather than advancing. Themes are introduced such as abandoned children and uncaring parents, and new characters are brought in to keep the drama going...But the situations and language veer toward commonplace (the play could benefit from a red pencil.) The resolution is arbitrary, whether you see it as positive or negative."
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