Already closed | 2h 15m | Gramercy


From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the show

The Vineyard Theater presents this new cross-generational comedic drama by Colman Domingo and directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. More…

The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

2h 15m | Already closed | Vineyard Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (58)


Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Funny, Refreshing, Relevant, Quirky

See it if you enjoy heart warming family sagas, are happy to see diverse casts, appreciate "coming home again" sagas, want to laugh amid problems

Don't see it if family reunions are not your thing, can't imagine a comedy about Alzheimers, you have mother issues

Uneven, Fine

See it if you've already seen everything else you want to see. It's nice but not worth prioritizing.

Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by the writing fluctuating from insightful to cliched, or the performances ranging from masterful to inconsistent.

Funny, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like a "full-bodied" show that's just as heavy on the laughs as it is in meaning. It's funny and sad and deeply moving.

Don't see it if you're looking for fluff.

Relevant, Hysterically funny,, Moving,, Excellent ensemble,

See it if you want to see a hysterically funny play that is ultimately very moving.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by a play.

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy hilarious comedy with a serious edge.

Don't see it if family fights during the holidays make you restless.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Intense

See it if An American family in all of its complexity deal with Alzheimer.

Don't see it if If looking for a musical. This is a true drama.

Too long, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Moving

See it if Excellent acting, often humorous yet loving portrayal of a family dealing with a mother's Alzheimer's disease. However, ran too long.

Don't see it if You want something light, or don't want to sit for 2 1/2 hours.

Too-long play loses focus, Disappointing, Lots of yelling, Better direction could have tightened thing up, Repetitive

See it if You like dysfunctional-family dramas with some comic relief thrown in and have two-plus hours to spare.

Don't see it if You like cogent storytelling.

Confusing, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want a heavy plot

Don't see it if cannot handle topics such as dementia or homosexuality.

Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if If it ever comes back, and you like really good theater, it's a must.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the subject of Alzhemier's.

Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Funny

See it if you want to see a heartfelt and very well directed comedy drama of family life. It's really a joy to experience the honesty and truth here.

Don't see it if Well..some might say it's a mess, but, so is life and facing hard truths of an aging parent. Too much love and truth? Come on people...

Funny, Relevant, Vivid, Unsurprising, Well-acted

See it if the new normal of stageplays - incorporating diversity, gay identity, & dementia - concocted w humor & brio cracks your code for bracing fun

Don't see it if you crave a dash of true innovation & insight. Act 2 is 2 on the nose & sentimental.

Funny, Intense, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you like to feel things. you like stories of families. you're sensitive.

Don't see it if you're going to complain that you'd rather be watching TV. you're expecting perfection.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a entertaining, unusual, family play

Don't see it if You want everything tied up in a neat bundle.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You like good writing and good acting and you are or anticipate dealing with aging parents.

Don't see it if You don't like conflict.

Hilarious, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Heartbreaking

See it if you like to belly laugh and ugly cry at the same time. This is a brilliantly funny and deeply affecting show. I can't stop thinking about it

Don't see it if you aren't up for family drama mixed with (some might argue) slightly over-the-top comedy. Personally, I loved the show.

Great acting, Resonant, Heart-wrenching, Relatable, Funny

See it if you want to watch excellent acting or you want to laugh and have your heart torn, sometimes in the same moment. The characters are very real

Don't see it if you like "tight" shows; while I disagree that it should have ended with the piano, I do think there was more in the play than necessary.

Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if A worthy theme but too many sub-plots.Excellent acting by "Dotty" but much of the acting over the top by the other women. Needed editing!

Don't see it if You are unhappy with plays that go on much too long needlessly.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if The issue of Alzheimer"s has touched you or you just like good theater

Don't see it if You're prudish about cursing. There is profanity in this play.

Original, Absorbing, Heart warming, Well acted and written, Relevant

See it if you like stories of family relationships. The focus is on alzheimer’s and its impact for all concerned including the patient. Not a downer.

Don't see it if just want comedy. This play has both but the heart of the story is touching.

Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You enjoy shows centered on family with well-developed characters, and great acting.

Don't see it if You don't want to see another show about aging or family dysfunctions, or don't enjoy the (ever so) slightly cliché.

Absorbing, Clever, Resonant, Moving, Uneven

See it if You want a clever, yet heartbreaking portrayal of a very three-dimensional family. Beautiful, emotional and thematically diverse.

Don't see it if You want something that pushes the boundaries of theatre. It's very worth seeing, but doesn't bring much new to the theatrical cannon.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You love great ensemble acting (although Marjorie Johnson is the show's core), and if you like shows that keep you awake and involved.

Don't see it if No reason.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a dynamic family drama that can make you laugh or at least smile

Don't see it if You can't stand preachy monologues

Funny, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if you like the subject matter and seeing some good acting , for the most part

Don't see it if you want something that is riveting or simple comedy

February 23rd, 2016
"Colman Domingo’s thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama…While conventional in form, it’s uproariously funny, if naturally streaked with sadness (and at times, a pinch or two of sentimentality). Mr. Domingo draws a complex portrait of a family in crisis…Ms. Stroman’s streamlined direction keeps the...
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February 23rd, 2016
"The production’s bigger-broader-louder approach does not cast the most flattering possible light on Domingo’s already overstuffed dramedy…There are likable characters and comedic bits worth savoring but they don’t have room to breathe; the show’s affectionate embrace of black and gay stereotypes...
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February 23rd, 2016
"Playwright Domingo sacrifices the play's emotional impact in favor of broad humor, much to its detriment. Even potentially powerful scenes are rendered kitschy. Encompassing themes of sexuality, family, and race the play is too wildly uneven to have much of an impact...The performers frequently ...
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February 23rd, 2016
"In his third and most ambitious play to date, Domingo tackles a frightening issue with a fearless mix of bone-dry humor and warp-speed emotional shifts…Give Domingo credit for using his approachable, unique voice to call attention to an often-underrepresented issue."
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