Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo
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Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo

Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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This new production of the two-act drama, a revision and expansion of the 1959 classic 'The Zoo Story,' honors its author, the Signature Theatre Legacy Playwright Edward Albee, who passed away in 2016.

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962 Reviews | 338 Followers
Strong acting, Well-directed, Thought-provoking, Talky, Quirky

See it if you like Albee. If you find his writing insightful and funny, you'll have a grand time.

Don't see it if if you don't like Albee (I don't) His privileged, whiny characters annoy me. Jerry was scary (not charming) throughout. This was not for me.

878 Reviews | 218 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like good acting, directing was decent. A good story combining two of Albee's plays into one.

Don't see it if The set was not right for the first act, looked like a park wall rather then an apartment. If you don't like Albee.

706 Reviews | 200 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you want to be immersed in the lives of three people through well-written dialogue and strong performances. Albee captures people perfectly.

Don't see it if you cannot imagine the settings as the stage is almost bare. Your attention needs to be on the dialogue, character motion & body language.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
Clever, Quirky

See it if Two of Albee's disparate 1-act plays joined cleverly for 2-act evening. Passive character continues to 2nd play equally passive.

Don't see it if All-talk of regret with minimalist staging and lighting changes make for monotony. Quirky character doesn't deliver required menace.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Electrifying

See it if you enjoy intelligent theatre. Great performances by Finneran, Leonard Sparks. Terrific staging by Lila Neugebauer.

Don't see it if musical comedies are your passion. This is a great combination of a classic play with a contemporary one shedding light on one character.

464 Reviews | 101 Followers
The most disappointed i have been in 2 years

See it if You want to watch what could have a very easily been to staged readings

Don't see it if You are looking for anything more than a basic black box no frills show Read more

440 Reviews | 115 Followers
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a superb production of a play that is a modern classic ... and a "prequel" that isn't.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays, sexual references or violence Read more

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
Masterful, Fine performances, Great writing, Suspenseful and probing, Absorbing

See it if Love Albee & would be fascinated to see a new "prologue" to a well-known work. The 1st act enriches the 2nd in great measure. Don't miss.

Don't see it if Don't like minimalism/absurdism, can't sit thru silences or want light fare. This is intense, precisely calibrated & mesmerizing. Read more

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
February 21st, 2018

"Neugebauer's terrific production proves 'Homelife' to be an indispensably excellent work in its own right, and a suitable tribute to the playwright...The Signature staging has only a ghost to appease; it is much freer and funnier and thus more powerful...The same is true of the actors: They do not approach the play as an awesome classic but as a living organism. Mr. Leonard is very good...Finneran is spectacular."
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Time Out New York
February 21st, 2018

"A single drama Frankenstein-ed together out of two one-acts...Signature Theater follows Albee’s wish that the two be played as a single piece...It makes for an evening that's fully half bad. Yet there's good news: Thanks to the diamond like brilliance of Paul Sparks in 'Zoo', the show is unmissable...'Zoo Story' is a duet, beautifully orchestrated by director Lila Neugebauer. Leonard finds a world of grace notes to play, but the melody line belongs to Sparks, who prowls like a Muppet tiger."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 21st, 2018

"Sparks owns the show...Leonard and Finneran both acquit themselves well in the play's less fireworks-y roles. And Lieberman's clean, spare set-its white walls and floor covered in Cy Twombly-esque monotone scribbles-does a neat job of filling a sizeable stage with a play that's often staged in black boxes...There's nothing bad happening up on the stage, but there's nothing particularly spectacular either...Like Ann and Peter's marriage, it is exactly that: very safe."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 21st, 2018

"A superbly acted revival...A first-rate cast...The prequel provides further riffs on 'Zoo Story's' societal and personal themes, but in far less visceral fashion...Albee's decision to update 'Zoo Story' feels unfortunate; jarring anachronisms have the ironic effect of making the play feel more dated than it actually is...Nonetheless, it's a fascinating double bill...This staging benefits greatly from the terrific performances...Sparks is an acting tour-de-force that provides reason enough for this revival."
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The Wall Street Journal
February 22nd, 2018

"Masterly in its visual clarity and psychological acuity—though it cannot cover up the fact that Albee made a bad mistake when he wrote 'Homelife' and an even worse one when he yoked it to 'The Zoo Story'...Finneran’s performance is instantaneously involving, while Mr. Leonard brings off the wire-walking feat of being dull in an interesting way...Mr. Sparks’s performance is deliberately spectacular, and Ms. Neugebauer has framed it with the loving care of a curator."
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New York Daily News
February 21st, 2018

"'Homelife' still sounds like characters spouting an author’s ideas about cruelty and isolation — and not real talk. 'The Zoo Story' still manages to unsettle....Three winning performances show off each work to its best advantage...Finneran brings so much smarts, humor, vulnerability and a subtle jagged edge to Ann that you can't take eyes or ears off of her...Neugebauer's direction cannily underscores the unnerving closeness - and more often distance - between people."
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February 21st, 2018

"Leonard's soft, measured line deliveries betray Peter's effortless privilege...Finneran introduces a nagging dissatisfaction to this picture of bourgeois bliss...She interprets Albee's language with aching sincerity...Sparks makes a thrillingly unpredictable Jerry, accenting his performance with birdlike eyes and pointed modulations in his voice...Even if your mind drifts away during this short story masquerading as drama, you'll be jolted back to attention by the explosive final moments."
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February 25th, 2018

"Though both plays are intimate by nature, director Neugebauer takes full advantage of the large stage...Leonard's beautifully subtle Peter is all the more fascinating for the emotions he hides than the emotions he expresses...The plays do tend to come off more like acting exercises than the social commentary they hint at. Still, the opportunity to see the first major work by one of America's most iconic playwrights paired with one of his last, makes for an intriguing experience."
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