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

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
Moving tale of dementia set in combative family setting with razor-sharp but hilarious exchanges

See it if you enjoy seeing dementia handled with sensitivity and humor, excellent ensemble/Marjorie Johnson's heartbreaking performance

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that needs editing and reworking of a few scenes; even flawed, play has vital stuff of life

During previews
Funny, Quirky, Cliched

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

Don't see it if You dislike the above

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Moving, Resonant

See it if You appreciate well acted family dramas that deal sensitively with serious topics. And also make you laugh!

Don't see it if You want to see a purely escapist play.

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:)!

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are looking for a solid family comedy/drama with really touching moments.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to the idea of someone having dementia/Alzheimer's. It might hit too close to home.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Was very moving and excellent acting.

Don't see it if If you are sensitive to someone with dementia.

During previews
Delightful, Absorbing, Entertaining, Original

See it if You are into real life situations with aging parents

Don't see it if If you are not into reality

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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