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

83%
(241 Ratings)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (241)

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91 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy good acting and great play

Don't see it if You don't like smart plays

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a powerful, dark and unnerving show.

Don't see it if You do not like slow or dark material.

555 Reviews | 285 Followers
100
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.

50 Reviews | 19 Followers
98
Extraordinary, pitch perfect & astonishing

See it if You care about theater, about language, about GREAT acting, about extraordinary staging and an astonishing script

Don't see it if You don't like theater, great plays and language, passionate performing or absolutely intense and absorbing theater Read more

51 Reviews | 11 Followers
98
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if love great writing, acting, direction, set design (provocative theatrical experience!)

Don't see it if you don't like to think (or feel)

110 Reviews | 21 Followers
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want to experience Theater at its best

Don't see it if Cannot think of a reason not to see it

60 Reviews | 7 Followers
95
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if This show is excellent for straight-play lovers and Albee fans; great to see both back to back.

Don't see it if If you don't like straight plays, this is not for you.

143 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Absorbing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you appreciate powerful, confrontational drama, brilliantly performed.

Don't see it if the hyper-articulate dramatics of edward albee aren't your theatrical cup of tea. 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 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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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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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