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Dry Powder

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Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

About the show

The Public Theater presents the world premiere of a new comedic drama about the people shaping, and skewing, the American economy, starring John Krasinski, Hank Azaria, and Claire Danes. More…

The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick (Hank Azaria) threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately Seth (John Krasinski) has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from a PR disaster. But Jenny (Claire Danes) has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the consequences. Thomas Kail ('Hamilton') directs.

Member Reviews (127)


Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you like intelligent theatre dealing with current issues, enjoy comedies with meat, are a fan of Clare Danes & John Krasinski

Don't see it if a complicated idea like leveraged buyouts makes you squirm, don't like business/economic stories, or aren't a fan of the financial industry

Expert portrayal of greed/absurdity of high finance

See it if /for brilliantly capturing Mitt Romney's private equity world and the moral blindness and humor inherent in its testosterone-laden dynamics

Don't see it if /since portrays world in two dimensions (wall street/bad, main street/good)/characters with limited emotional range; predictably money wins

Relevant, Incisive, Great writing, Compelling, Disturbing

See it if you want to see a very incisive, very contemporary take on the relationship between money and values.

Don't see it if a bit of finance jargon will bore you.

Quirky, Intense, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You want to see the celebrity actors. You like short plays with no intermission.

Don't see it if You've already had a day at the office. Most of the play takes place in business meetings.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent

See it if You're really interested in seeing yet another Wall-Street-is-bad play.

Don't see it if You didn't like The Big Short or similar films/plays.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Funny, Terrific acting, Clever in-the-round staging

See it if you enjoy plays by a fresh new writer. I look forward to seeing Sarah Burgess's next play. Also, if you enjoy/understand finance.

Don't see it if you do not understand finance.

Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy watching great actors deliver a well-written play about a current topic. It is both funny and dramatic at the same time.

Don't see it if You cannot pay attention to intense non-stop dialogue. If you need hearing assistance , get the device before the play begins.

Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You like intimate staging with minimalist sets. Great acting from veterans of the craft.

Don't see it if You don't like being confused. The setting is a financial institution and they use very specific language that might be confusing

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a terrific cast and first-rate production values.

Don't see it if you are expecting to learn anything new or significant about private equity firms.

Great acting, Relevant

See it if you want to see a very timely play with a stellar cast

Don't see it if you were hoping to find very likeable and relatable characters

Cliched, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you understand the terminology and operations of hedge funds and venture capital and can follow staccato rendition of extensive dialog

Don't see it if you are unfamiliar with or not interested in finance, are not fluent in advanced English including financial terms or short attention span

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Freightening

See it if You love Claire Danes, love intimate off Bway houses, are involved in the economic politics of the day. Gripping characterization of greed.

Don't see it if You prefer a relaxed evening at the theater, do not want to question the morals of our times.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You want to see a drama destined to enter the pantheon of great American plays.

Don't see it if You want something comfortable and easy.

Confusing, Cliched, Banal, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show to talk about whats happening around the world

Don't see it if you want a light show

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you want to see John Krasinski "Jim" the camera, but an audience. you like endless jargon.

Don't see it if If you expect a play to be entertaining or have a point other than "these finance guys may be bad!"

Clever, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a thought-provoking evening with famous actors who are damn fine at their craft

Don't see it if you are not into finance as a subject for a play (but it's not about finance)

Surprise! financiers are bad, Chilly

See it if You want to see TV folks. You have no idea how private equity works, and would like to see one jaundiced view of it.

Don't see it if You would rather see your drama with vaguely believable characters rather than stereotypes. Please, playwrights, trust us to see your point.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You would enjoy a well-constructed, superbly-acted play about morals versus corporate greed in the purchase of a company.

Don't see it if You want a light, fluffy fare, or have no understanding of finance, as much of the jargon will be foreign.

Clever, Cliched, Great acting, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if fans of the starry cast care to see a play version along the vein of "The Big Short"

Don't see it if finance stereotypes make your skin crawl

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn more about the finance world. The cast was amazing, and was great to see them all perform close up.

Don't see it if you don't like Claire Danes or John Krasinski or Hank Azaria who were amazing in the show.

Cliched, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a nuanced look at many current economic issues.

Don't see it if you can't see a work that doesn't present anyone who works in finance as a complete villain.

Cliched, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Good acting

See it if you enjoy bashing the 1% even if no new ground is broken.

Don't see it if you find 90 minutes of financial/investment discussion boring.

Quick dialogue like we new yorkers enjoy

See it if You enjoy good actors explaining bad behavior in hedge funds. It's thought provoking if appalling.

Don't see it if You want lots of scenic design or don't have patience for finance jargon or venture capitalists.

Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you want to see stars up close; or if you have never thought about the amorality of hedge funds.

Don't see it if you want genuinely challenging or thoughtful theater; obvious plot points and simplistic messages abound. it's quick and occasionally funny

Is kind of like a staged version of the 80's movie "wall street", with a gordon gecko character ala 2016. greed is good!

See it if Parallels plot of Wall Street movie-family owned company at the mercy of a big equity firm that is looking to liquidate it for $$- no mercy!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the movie. Not for everyone-all the finance jargon could be tedious, the topic dry and morals R 4 sale. Amazing cast!

March 22nd, 2016
"These people may live their jobs, but watching them do so does not have infinite appeal, unless you enjoy clucking at amorality for 100 minutes…If there’s an element of stiffness in Danes’s nonetheless tartly funny performance, it probably derives from a glaring lack of nuance in the character.....
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March 22nd, 2016
"The play's depiction of class and consciousness is more nuanced than it may seem at first. Burgess conveys not just the language of the high-stakes game she depicts—financial jargon is woven nimbly into the snappy dialogue—but also the differing mindsets of its players…The play makes sharp point...
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March 22nd, 2016
"What is troubling about 'Dry Powder' dramaturgically is that almost none of its crises or challenges arise from character. Rather, they arise from externally induced plot developments...That 'Dry Powder' is nevertheless a fully engrossing and entertaining play is a testament to Burgess’s terrifi...
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March 22nd, 2016
"Thoroughly unsurprising...That's disappointing, as a lot of A-grade talent has been assembled for this vigorously acted world premiere…The twisty financial details are mapped out with admirable clarity in Burgess' writing, but that doesn't make it any less predictable…Kail distills the drama int...
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