Dan Cody's Yacht
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Dan Cody's Yacht

Dan Cody's Yacht NYC Reviews and Tickets

(136 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (136)

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180 Reviews | 33 Followers
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..

50 Reviews | 6 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if ¥ou appreciate excellent writing presented in a well though† out put. Acting is superb

Don't see it if SEE IT

273 Reviews | 36 Followers
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.

58 Reviews | 11 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You care about the "money is destiny" issue in America and enjoy a four star drama delivered by five star actors on a five star set.

Don't see it if You like corny, reality TV entertainment.

87 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Resonant

See it if for Broadway quality show. Time well spent in theater, easy & entertaining performance.

Don't see it if I don't understand the low scoring reviews. Me and my spouse both enjoyed the show. Don't see it you accept the bad reviews.

76 Reviews | 10 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you appreciate a play which is completely new, thought-provoking, and timely

Don't see it if you like to be entertained by something light at the theater, this play will make you think. Read more

256 Reviews | 86 Followers
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. Read more

476 Reviews | 193 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
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 would be hard to overstate how unlikely this plot is...Logical holes in the plot, so gaping that they make you wonder whether ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ is meant as satire.”
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Time Out New York
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 but...it is less a play than a polemic...These characters have no relation to real people; they’re mouthpieces for oft-argued political positions, pressed into a narrative filled with plot holes and blind spots."
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New York Daily News
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 main plot, the fuzziness effectively beaches 'Dan Cody’s Yacht.'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
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, and Holmes is so charismatic as the smooth-talking Kevin that you understand why people fall sway to him. But their efforts are not enough to prevent ‘Dan Cody's Yacht’ from eventually sinking.”
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June 6th, 2018

“A set of stakes that are never convincing enough to make us see his story as anything but a thought experiment in an overly controlled vacuum...Perhaps if these things were unequivocally true, we'd feel the pressure that the ‘Incorruptible Cara Russo’ feels to corrupt...Rather than a story about a moral bulwark manipulated by a flawed system, we get a story about a gullible woman manipulated by a domineering man. We've seen that story before, and I think we're ready for a new one.”
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June 14th, 2018

"Director Hughes' sharply played mounting of Giardina's biting and discomforting social commentary...It's been said that privilege is the state of not being concerned about issues that don't directly affect you, and Giardina's observant, darkly comic piece debates the boundaries of such concerns, to the point where financially secure white liberals in the audience may find themselves squirming a bit."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 18th, 2018

"One of the prime virtues of 'Yacht' is its recognition that not only the privileged are inclined to circle their wagons when faced with fundamental change...So much of the play is turned over to the endless back-and-forth between Kevin and Cara that he risks coming off as a nag and a bore...The devil should be more appealing than this; otherwise, what is the point of sinning? This is nothing against Holmes whose work here goes a long way toward giving Kevin some necessary shading."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 6th, 2018

“So well played and well written that it surprised the audience...Heavily expository...which is why the play takes a while to jell...Giardina skillfully keeps us entertained while laying the groundwork for the Act Two payoffs...Giardina's dialogue is both heightened and natural...In a cast without a weak link, Whyland's Angela stands out...Chalk it up to Hughes, whose direction, as usual, cultivates a wealth of character detail without being showy about it.”
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