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Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo

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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. More…

In act one, 'Homelife,' we see Peter and his wife Ann in their Upper East Side apartment; in the second act, the classic 'The Zoo Story,' Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee’s signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day. The cast includes two-time Tony Award-winner Katie Finneran, Tony Award-winner Robert Sean Leonard, and Emmy Award-nominee Paul Sparks.


Member Reviews (241)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
83
Avg Score

65
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.

80
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.

91
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.

73
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.

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.

85
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.

Also Saw this in the Diamond Theatre at Signature Center, mid-March, 2018.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if Tour de force performances by Robert Sean Leonard and Paul Sparks in an excellent Albee play.

Don't see it if You are going for Katie Finneran who has a smaller role. You don’t like Albee stitching together two one acts written years apart.

88
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

Also The actors are superb.

82
Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Albee; this is him at his dark, disturbing, oblique, hilarious best. Minimal set and terrific performances.

Don't see it if you need elaborate sets and you dislike having to focus on dialogue that leads you one direction but is really taking you somewhere else.

26
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

Also I have heard a lot about the writer of this play. I love dark depressi... Read more Read less

83
Albee's early crack at absurdism

See it if "Mister, I've been to the zoo" Albee's New Yorkers as animals. The first play was written 50 years after the second and they haven't matured

Don't see it if Robert Sean Leonard is the cypher of a husband who baffles his perky wife, the excellent Katie Finneran. Paul Sparks is the dangerous Jerry.

Also Peter's salary has gone up from $18,000 in the original 1960 script, t... Read more Read less

88
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if you want to experience an Edward Albee play at it's best. This production holds up to the best of the golden age of theater.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee and prefer more lighthearted unambiguous entertainment.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy classic Albee with all of it's symbolism

Don't see it if thinking about a play is not what you enjoy

85
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if Beautifully written and acted , a classic Albee play . See it before it closes.It is what great theater is about.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you prefer light dramas or musicals

95
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see why Albee was one of our greatest playwrights dating back to his 1958 first play. Incredible cast and direction. WOW!!!

Don't see it if you are looking for fluff with more scenery than substance.

85
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy

See it if Albee fan; humor and darkness; themes of loneliness, connections, communicating (and not); amazing performances

Don't see it if 2 seemingly unrelated acts would bother you or if you want more action; don't want a set that looks like a bunch of scribbles (I liked it)

Also The performances by Katie Finneran and Paul Sparks were wonderful. Rob... Read more Read less

83
Engaging, Cerebral, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Well-acted

See it if a fan of Edward Albee's works; you don't mind slightly unhinged works where realism borders on the absurd, thus highlighting the realism.

Don't see it if you dislike thinking or the format of two interlocked one-act plays; grow uncomfortable with sexuality and violence; need clear resolutions.

Also How do we handle what we have and want? A Day at the Zoo combines Edwa... Read more Read less

78
As good as it's gonna get, Tedious, Dated, Soporific, Slow

See it if you need to catch up on Albee, or want to see what all the fuss is about.

Don't see it if You have no patience for tedious plays. I found this piece very dated in that things that were shocking a half-century ago are routine now.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a stellar revival of a vintage Albee piece that only gets better with time

Don't see it if You aren't an Albee fan and like your plays light and frothy

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Long

See it if you like "intellectual" plays - lots of dialogue with a small cast and not much plot. Great message about connecting with others.

Don't see it if don't like long speeches or little action.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a thought provoking, well acted duet of plays. As others have written, At The Zoo outshines the first act. Paul Sparks shines.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Albee’s literary talents. His writing is not to be missed.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Great direction

See it if you're an Albee fan and love his use of word-play and his incisive characterizations.

Don't see it if you're not willing to listen to his talky, often repetitive dialogue and would rather not focus on our darker sides.

Also Even though they were not originally intended to be performed together... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if I thought the first act was a bit tedious if you are impatient ther. See it, and stay!

Don't see it if If you are impatient

86
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're a fellow Albee fan. Every word has purpose, peeling away & revealing doubts, insecurities, and host of other facets of our humanity.

Don't see it if you need diverting set, costume, or sound design—it's an austere, intimate staging; you're uncomfie with graphic content or long silences.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Albee meditation on human connection, civilization vs feral instinct in a bleak and unforgiving world beautifully written and acted

Don't see it if You can’t take Albee ambiguity but should instead focus on the beauty and cadence of the language beautifully executed by ensemble


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 n...
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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 unmissa...
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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 b...
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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 d...
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