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Dan Cody's Yacht

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Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent

About the show

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.')

Member Reviews (137)


Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intelligent
Avg Score

Cliched, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

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

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

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.

“captain obvious” would enjoy this show whose central message is: the rich have unfair advantages

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

Relevant, Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

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.

Entertaining, Good acting and casting, Intelligent, Relevant, Interesting but forgettable

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Not believable

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.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Great acting

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.

Thought-provoking, Semi-predictable, Well-constructed writing and staging, Ambitious concept, Subtly-moralizing work

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.

Also Although a longtime fan of The Great Gatsby, I was under no pretension... Read more Read less

Fine acting, Very interesting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Good characterizations

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.

Unfocused, Good performances, Really nice revolving set

See it if You appreciate a well-acted play that delves into financial issues.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a comedy or something silly.

Also I appreciate that the playwright wanted to tackle the advantages that ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a well-acted, interesting but somewhat predictable story of principles vs desires.

Don't see it if You like musicals or expect a lavish production.

Excellent cast needs a better script

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

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.

Also I didn't agree with the answer presented to the dilemma faced by the t... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

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

Yacht to like

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.

Also Holmes and Bush act up a storm. Why is lead helping teacher? Motives j... Read more Read less

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

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..

Disappointing, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow, Funny

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want a well written and directed show that packs a wallop. Great acting and staging too.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a bold play.

Ambitious, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

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.

Great acting, Disappointing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Little payoff

See it if / to see classism at work. A dramatized have/have-not struggle.

Don't see it if financial investment talk and kids going to the best colleges aren't your idea of high stakes.

Also Well staged and acted. Not sure what the message is here. Perhaps that... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

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

Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Relevant

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

Not clear what this play is trying to say which ultimately is frustrating

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.

June 6th, 2018
“If the setup seems a bit reductive and possibly condescending, just wait...Means to be a truth-telling thought experiment about wealth and opportunity but never gets close to a credible argument. Worse, it seems to have caught a bad case of entitled obnoxiousness from its main character...It wou...
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June 6th, 2018
"The revolving wood-paneled set is an apt metaphor for the stiff and repetitive 'Dan Cody’s Yacht.' Anthony Giardina’s drama attempts to humanize the hot-button topic of economic inequality is less a play than a polemic...These characters have no relation to real people; they’re mouthpie...
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June 6th, 2018
“A relevant topic worthy of exploration, but the darkly comedic drama feels like a sociological treatise in search of a play...Despite the play's provocative elements, little of its plotting rings true...Hughes provides a smooth production...Bush is highly appealing as the morally conflicted Cara...
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June 6th, 2018
“Timely, fast-paced and, alas, frustrating, the new play ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ sails into the choppy waters of American privilege...Is see-worthy, it’s not watertight. Or always plausible...There’s a nagging leak at the center of Hughes’ fluid and well-acted production...Since Rick’s behavior is the...
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