Theresa Rebeck returns to Primary Stages with the a new family drama, starring real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, who will be appearing together for the first time on the New York stage. More…
In "Downstairs," Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
See it if If you want to see a family play that deals with family issues. The two Dailey's are good in their roles.
Don't see it if If you want an upbeat fast play that is consistent throughout.
See it if Bro & sis plumb their childhood abuse as they confront a desperate predicament. A thriller with depth & humor. Loved the brother character.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the theme of how childhood abuse affects adult personality. The sister and husband characters are simplistic.
See it if u want to see the Daly siblings deliver wonderful perfs as damaged siblings menaced by a cruel husband in a middling psychological thriller.
Don't see it if u want more than a mere acting vehicle for the real-life sis & bro's joint stage debut; u hope for a taut, revealing, original family drama.
Also I didn't love this play, but it's all relative...
See it if Three powerhouse performances - the Daly siblings & Procaccino - ease some of torpidity of Rebeck's domestic thriller but to little avail
Don't see it if Serious issues - mental illness & spousal abuse given usual superficial treatment by Rebeck; punched up pacing by Campbell-Holt doesn't help
See it if The two great Daly siblings in atypical roles, Great acting by all 3. Great set .Sound & lighting were perfect. "Sleep is overrated'
Don't see it if At first I was disappointed with the ending but after much thought, I loved it.....How can Primary Stage get more of the young theatergoers?
See it if Traced to sins of the parents, suburban suffocation and mental illness figuratively imprison two siblings named Daly. Tyne Off-B'way is rare
Don't see it if When an inspired scribe drops an uninspired work in your lap that was written specifically just for you, you say...er...uh....
See it if Great acting by all. . I particularly loved Tim Daly in this. Great set (of a basement).
Don't see it if You want a clear storyline. This is very suspenseful. Not relaxing to watch this!
Also No intermission. An hour and 45 minutes.
See it if You want to see great acting by the Daly siblings. You enjoy plays that develop at a very slow pace until suddenly the plot speeds up.
Don't see it if You don’t like plays that Telegraph a strong palpable sense of menace. You can’t watch a man emotionally abuse a woman.
See it if You like mysteries with slow building suspense. Tyne and Tim Daly as siblings who harbor a back story never fully revealed. John Procaccino!
Don't see it if You want an easy to understand storyline without twists and turns. Dislike an ambiguous ending. Dysfunctional! family drama.
See it if You like slow burn plays with a small cast that tells a powerful story about family and mental illness and the power of belief.
Don't see it if This was a hard play to LIKE but was incredibly good. Great acting and story, but hard to LIKE due to the intensity.
See it if Tim and Tyne Daly and friend portray brother, sister, and husband in odd, dysfunctional family, mystery, suspense drama. Still wondering.
Don't see it if You want coherent plot rather than nebulous view thru fuzzy, fogged glass that only comes into focus at the end. Immature, unstable, vicious
See it if you like serious plays that have a heart.Characters are all very real.Acting, set design, directing are top drawer.This is a touching story.
Don't see it if you want something light,frothy.All 3 actors are at the top of their games.This play is important in what it has to say about women/marriage
See it if The cast of 3 were amazing. A real edge of your seat thriller. Serves up no easy answers. The claustrophobic set adds to the menace.
Don't see it if In parts hard to guess what’s happening. The end was not the strongest or clearest.
See it if If you are fan of the actors, if you like stories about families and dysfunctional marriages.
Don't see it if If you are sensitive about mental health issues, mental abuse and do not care for the actors.
See it if you want to see some terrific acting -- from all three. The story certainly holds your attention.
Don't see it if you're looking for a clear resolution. There is ambiguity with the ending.
See it if You like the idea of siblings playing siblings , even in dysfunctional families
Don't see it if Wish the play was sharper , good, not great Rebeck.
See it if you find the opportunity to see Tyne Daly and her bother actor Tim Daly an opportunity not to be missed.
Don't see it if you are NOT a fan of playwright Theresa Rebeck. Only a fan of the playwright could love this DARK tale.
See it if Daly siblings! Strikingly real. Looked for the message, until realized that the piece was an entertaining yarn á la Hitchcock.
Don't see it if Resolution never fully realized. Disquietude by the end of night.
See it if You want a small play that challenges, with lots of unanswered interesting questions on reality, and relationships and illness. Great acting
Don't see it if You need all questions answered, need a tidy ending, have preconceived notions of what the play is about. It was a joy to watch it unfold.
See it if You want to see a psychological thriller piece that’s got a hidden message. Tim Daly interaction with Tyne and the evil husband is great.
Don't see it if You don’t like drama pieces. You want lighter fare.
See it if you want to see brother and sister Tim and Tyne Daly in a play written for them; perhaps a once in a lifetime experience
Don't see it if you don't want to see a drama with almost no humor; you want to come out feeling happy; you prefer musicals
See it if you want to see SUPERIOR acting from absolute craftsmen. A spellbinding production that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Don't see it if you have issues with domestic abuse or mental instability. The action is intense and therefore can be intimidating to squeamish audiences
See it if you'd enjoy three fine actors engaged in a taught family drama; this kind of a "Get Out" for women in a bad marriage
Don't see it if you're triggered by domestic abuse, or you want a political message for our times. It's a good, tight play and the acting is lovely