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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
See it if You want to see a pitch perfect production and spot-on direction and acting brought to these Albee plays.
Don't see it if You don’t like “wordy” plays regardless of how inciteful and well written.
See it if You like well done affordable theater, with great casts, off broadway, for $30. Stay for the first act, and leave at intermission.
Don't see it if You are expecting 2 cohesive acts. They’re two one acts, loosely put together. The second act is excruciating, and badly over-acted.