Loosely inspired by a passage from 'The Great Gatsby,' Manhattan Theatre Club's timely new play probes the troubling relationship of finance to educational opportunity in American life today. More…
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter’s life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes ('The Father' and 'Doubt.')
See it if You know it's troublesome when the best recommmendation is the revolving set Actors strive for some believability aboard this sinking ship
Don't see it if Problematic is a passive/aggressive compliment for the obnoxious drama Heavy handed treatment of topical issue Hughes' usual lame direction
See it if Character driven stories that explore real problems interest you.
Don't see it if realistic linear plot lines with political themes bore you.
See it if opening scene/rich father tempts middle class teacher 2 abandon integrity is intriguing; fine set helps flow of scenes
Don't see it if motivation of father 2 help teacher obscure; full of cliches about rich vs. middle class; riff on Gatsby falls flat; histrionics in acting
See it if You love topical, current plays that weigh both sides of an issue — in this case, wealth/privilege with respect to education.
Don't see it if You want to see another tepid, average MTC play that will appeal to their old, white, wealthy subscriber base without ruffling feathers.
See it if you like a good cast; plays about education, privilege, inequality and morality
Don't see it if you have seen enough plays on this topic; you want to understand the motivation of the businessman toward the teacher and her daughter.
See it if you like shows about social issues of class, education, individual betterment.Acting is mediocre.Main characters' actions are unbelievable
Don't see it if you want a coherent, believable story.Plot doesn't hold together, doesn't match characters as we know them.Set is interesting.
See it if Rick Holmes gave a terrific performance. He is fun to watch.
Don't see it if The play was such a cliche and had nothing new to say beyond, rich = bad, poor = good. Facile.
See it if willing to think a bit deeply but also want to sit back and enjoy and deftly-acted production about parental sacrifices and responsibility.
Don't see it if seeking the unexpected; dislike linear dramas about prestige, privilege, and playing games with people; annoyed by pushy and elitist people.
See it if like plays that deal with class and equity, good dialogue, interesting characterizations, psychological dynamics and move quickly.
Don't see it if you don't like to be intellectually challenged to interpret current problems in our society but favor pure entertainment and/or comedy.
See it if an interesting concept, well acted by a fine cast is enough to keep you interested for 2 hours
Don't see it if you want a well-structured through line of action. Not asking for nicely packed resolution but this needs some editing to get to the point.
See it if you want to see a play about the problems that concern families. The play gives one a lot to think about and discuss.
Don't see it if you enjoy musicals and light entertainment.
See it if you are interested in the difficulty of making choices that have consequences. Ethics are not easy and this play makes the case for thought
Don't see it if you want your ethics black and white The daughter is miscast and feels like she comes from a different play but the rest dance well together
See it if Beautiful venue. Great AC. Rotating set a treat. Proven playwright scores again.
Don't see it if Cheaper shows in town will entertain for a fraction of MTC MSRP. Male lead's motivation incredibly vague, rendering exercise moot but cute.
See it if you are interested in a conversation about class and money. The acting was strong and the set was awesome.
Don't see it if It's an interesting concept, it just doesn't fully resonate. There's a lot of finance stuff in there likely to go over the audience's heads.
See it if you like plays about colleges, Massachusetts towns and school financial issues.
Don't see it if you have little interest in education and privilege..
See it if you like author, Doug Hughes, and want to support new work. The acting is pretty solid and the set was stunning!
Don't see it if you are looking for a show with a real purpose or point. I felt no nuance or reason for this play to actually exist.
See it if I found it very thought provoking. I saw this twice. The acting was OK. The story was okay. It made me think. Nice set. Good directing.
Don't see it if You want a fun show. You want something to make you smile. You want something light.
See it if you are interested in exploring issues of the haves and the have nots - and what separates the two. Solid performances. Engaging material.
Don't see it if you are looking for a passionate or more hotly dynamic topic or performance.
See it if You enjoy long, overly rambling plays discussing class, money, and educational ethics.
Don't see it if You prefer more thought-out or entertaining theater. The play is neither light enough to be entertaining nor smart enough to be intelligent
See it if You’re okay with an interesting topic, well done first act but not executed as well as it could have been
Don't see it if You expect as much from the second act which king of falls apart
See it if you're interested in a conversation about poor vs. rich and advantages vs. disadvantages BUT unfortunately this play doesn't dig deep
Don't see it if you want moving, interesting dialogue or plot. This play brings up interesting ideas but could have been so much more.