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

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.

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.

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, 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

Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Too long, Overrated

See it if you are interested in what it is like to care for someone with dementia.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the issues surrounding adult siblings.

During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Moving, Heartbreaking

See it if saw in first preview. It was a 75 show until the last 20 painful minutes which completely derailed this touching play into a 150-min slush.

Don't see it if just run out of the theater when piano starts playing and you will have a great experience. I really hope they end it there before it opens.

During previews
Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Resonant

See it if You like comedic family dramas/stories re: Alzheimers. It's a nice show with some heart felt moments & good performances (for the most part)

Don't see it if This show could be GREAT but the last 20min were excruciating & unnecessary. Should end w/ piano playing. Hope they fix in previews.

During previews
Funny, Quirky, Cliched

See it if Sit-coms dealing with African-American families

Don't see it if You dislike the above

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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