New York | 2h 15m | Already closed


From 24 critic and 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)

Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You're up for a bittersweet look at family and aging

Don't see it if You are offended by cursing...or just get over it and see it!

Clever, Entertaining

See it if -Enjoy funny behavior

Don't see it if -Worried about dementia

Absorbing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you want to watch a show with a heavy plot line with hilarious content to make it less intense.

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

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.

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...

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You want to laugh and then cry at the challenges of watching loved ones age. And the performances are spectacular! Especially Dot!

Don't see it if Alzheimers is a painful topic for you

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

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You want to see an interesting family drama with some great humor

Don't see it if you prefer a very short tight script

Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Insipid, Relevant

See it if You have nothing to do

Don't see it if You're expecting a great show

Funny, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if family dramedys are your thing. It's a refreshing spin on the living room drama. The actress who plays Dot is marvelous.

Don't see it if issues with senior citizen and mental health problems is a trigger for you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 too-plus hours to spare.

Don't see it if You like cogent storytelling.

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

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.

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.

Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Delightful

See it if You enjoy and appreciate a masterfully told story.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate good theater.

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if You love a good laugh and have family issues!

Don't see it if You can't laugh at other people's problems.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramedy, you want to hear about universal issues, you like beautiful sets, you like shows featuring diversity

Don't see it if You like quiet shows

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You can appreciate the humor in challenging situations and like character-driven work.

Don't see it if You're offended by humor relating to Alzheimers.

Clever, Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

See it if You want to see the exciting, young talent Michael Rosen!!! His performance steals the show. Some great one liners in this script as well.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy being yelled at. Made me tune out certain characters about halfway through the first scene.

During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Must see

See it if You love family drama interactions, enjoy a good laugh, despite difficulty and want to learn more about an important topic that affects all

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor and cringe at the word family drama:)!

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