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Cost of Living

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

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a play about the forces that bring people together, the realities of facing the world with physical disabilities, and how deeply we all need each other. Directed by Obie winner Jo Bonney, More…

Truck driver Eddie is struggling to rebuild a relationship with his estranged wife Ani, and Jess is trying to navigate the day-to-day with John, her new boss, in a job that she desperately needs. People are hard.

Member Reviews (188)


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

Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Funny, Moving

See it if In relationships w/ disabled people and their caretakers, the stronger person isn't always who you might think. Deep themes, great acting.

Don't see it if You do not want to see severe disabilities, sexual issues/nudity, exploration of vulnerability and who needs who.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Majok's intense look at disabilities both physical & emotional Great acting from the 4 leads rendering them all both heartbreaking & selfish

Don't see it if Plot takes a radical turn midway through & hurts dramatic believability. Author goes political (leaving behind psychological) & drama sags

Disappointing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if 9 shows with revolving stages...The question of loneliness always gets to me. A comp. of a 70% and a 75%. Good acting. Sets always great at

Don't see it if The two tales do not a play make. .

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you enjoy plays that explore new subject matter, use actual disabled people to play such roles, depict touching relationships

Don't see it if if you need to see the connections between the characters from the start, don't like graphic depictions of disabled bodies or onstage nudity

Interesting staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if excellent acting and creative staging make an appealing combination..

Don't see it if a slightly contrived and confusing plot spoils a good night out. There are two stories played with weak but surprising points of connection

We're all "disabled" in some way - great message, but not great play

See it if moving use of disabled but highly skilled actors, affecting play about characters disabled physically or emotionally

Don't see it if many parts of script unexplained or improbable, two separate stories individually compelling but do not cohere theatrically

Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you are interested in how people with emotional and/or physical disabilities navigate their world. Some very powerful and memorable scenes

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy. The play is uneven and a little slow in parts, but the excellent acting smooths out the ripples. Worth seeing

Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays about the human experience, focusing on the physically disabled and their caregivers. Moving, insightful, and often funny.

Don't see it if resonant/relevant content and focus on an underrepresented group is not enough for you to get past some uneven writing and acting.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy pieces discussing physical disabilities, income inequality, living on the edge of the grid.

Don't see it if watching actors with different abilities is difficult for you

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

See it if stories about people with physical disabilities and their caregivers who have their own economic & emotional issues; 2 parallel stories

Don't see it if male nudity even if brief; 2 parallel stories that are uneven; an intense & disturbing moment that will make you gasp

Also one of the story lines seemed much less believable, more contrived as ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You want something new and refreshing with real character.

Don't see it if You prefer no nudity in your show.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to look at the difficulties experienced by people with disabilities and their caretakers. This play is very moving.

Don't see it if You want something more upbeat and lively.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Intense

See it if You want to support shows where characters with disabilities are played by actors with disabilities.

Don't see it if You want an interesting story. You want a cast with balanced talent.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Hard hitting, Risk taking, Acting a++

See it if You like solid, hard hitting, dialogue, unusual looks at love and connections.

Don't see it if You are squeamish, can see or discuss physical pain, distortion, or failings

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Thoughtful show about troubling subject--engaging and well acted. Staging was great.

Don't see it if Don't like shows without intermissions and are uncomfortable with nudity.

Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You want to be sucked into fully-realized characters' emotional tumults.

Don't see it if Sad plays about relationships and struggle aren't your thing. Conventional story arcs annoy you.

Also Great group of actors who are convincingly vulnerable, hurt, angry, ho... Read more Read less

Great staging, Overrated, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like plays that explore human needs and desires from a unique perspective.

Don't see it if You cannot forgive some writing deficiencies in the script.

Great acting, Great staging

See it if for well developed characters, good writing.

Don't see it if You want a traditional narrative. Then again, you might like it anyway.

Absorbing, Delightful, Resonant, Relevant, Funny

See it if You're not offended by disabilities, sadness, interracial couples, cussing, brief nudity. Staging was nice. I cried, but, I'm biased. I wish

Don't see it if I didn't miss the 1st 15-min or else, i'd give it a 100... No reason not to see this.....

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing a different type of story on the stage and different types of actors offering their all to tell a story.

Don't see it if people with disabilities, male nudity (even if brief), or issues a race and class make you uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you like good drama about people's emotions.

Don't see it if you want to see something light.

Intelligent, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking, Offbeat

See it if you want to see an unusual play with two handicapped actors in two parallel stories that do not in any way signal where the plot is going.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with disabilities or if you only like fast-moving drama or comedy.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you want to see the lives, needs, and desires of those with/without physical handicaps weaved together in a touching, sad, even funny way.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with issues about disabilities, care-taking, unemployment, or very brief shower scene with some nudity.

Also I was engaged throughout as it touched upon emotions that affect all o... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you like slow moving plays that examine the problems of the poor and disable

Don't see it if if you like fast moving light entertainment

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Very acted, different, absorbing show.

Don't see it if You are disturbed about disabilities and expect traditional stereotypes

June 7th, 2017
"Slams the door on uplifting stereotypes...Majok has engineered her plot to lead naturally to moments of intense and complicated pungency...As long as the play doesn’t try to nail down its doublings, it remains immensely haunting. Bonney’s staging helps keep the tension aloft...When Majok aims fo...
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June 9th, 2017
"There is a scene in Martyna Majok’s 'Cost of Living' that I will never forget...It’s a moment of sad, sexy, vulnerable beauty. Nothing else in 'Cost of Living' quite equals this scene...Although Majok raises salient issues of physical and economic disadvantage, the play is uneven, and the brief ...
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June 7th, 2017
"Featuring superb performances from its four-person ensemble, the drama provides a piercing look at the obstacles faced by disabled people and the human condition in general...The play is not without flaws...It's confusing in its structure and chronology...But the characters, dialogue and situati...
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June 8th, 2017
“A bittersweet play…Sullivan is a riveting performer with a load of attitude…Jo Bonney’s carefully calibrated direction allows for smooth transitions in the shifting relationships between clients and caregivers…Sullivan gleefully guides Ani from savage insult to insult…By toppling old prejudices,...
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