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, 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!

Intelligent, Profound, Emotional

See it if're interested in how families eb and flow in the face of struggles like to laugh and cry at the same

Don't see it if don't like swear words ...are hard of hearing - they talk a mile a minute / overlapping

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

Clever, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if when it wasn't a sitcom starring a black family, it was a great play about aging parents and their adult children

Don't see it if you have a parent suffering from Alzheimer's or senile dementia now, it would be too painful and truthful to watch

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.

Resonant, Great acting, Intense

See it if you can catch it! It's closing this thursday. Also, the characters are really well developed.

Don't see it if you can't bear any preaching. Towards the end of the play, the white gay character will give you a speech that breaks the fourth wall...ugh

Original, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You like plays about dealing with family situations, and a touching story filled with both funny and sad moments.

Don't see it if You don't like lots of yelling and fast paced dialogue, or a play with a story that ends because our snapshot is over.

Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Original, Relevant

See it if you love serious family drama & plays that tackle serious issues. I STRONGLY disagree that the play should end after Donnie plays the piano.

Don't see it if This is a decades-old tradition of African-American play-writing that has it's own style. See the following:

Heartwarming, Funny, Great acting, Moving, Poignant

See it if you'd like to be pleasantly surprised by a family dramedy. I usually can't stand them but this one left my heart full and my eyes teary.

Don't see it if you don't want an evening of empathy. This production is beyond charming & refreshingly human, but the subject matter is very affecting.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love small theater productions and great acting... this was really delightful

Don't see it if you only like musicals

Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you like deep, intense plays

Don't see it if you cannot face your own mortality and aging.

Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you enjoy watching family drama and comedy during challenging situations

Don't see it if You can't laugh and be moved at situations such as alzheimers

Clever, Entertaining

See it if -Enjoy funny behavior

Don't see it if -Worried about dementia

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.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if UR interested in the human condition.

Don't see it if Ur a prude.

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.

Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if enjoy family drama.

Don't see it if you don't like real life situations.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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