Fern Hill
75

Fern Hill NYC Reviews and Tickets

75%
(54 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
18%
Negative
6%
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Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Relevant

About the Show

Three couples' long-standing companionship is put to the test when a marital betrayal is discovered in this new comedy by Mike Tucker.

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Member Reviews (54)

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69
Too long, should have been shortened and no intermission, Nice set,, Disappointing

See it if There are many accomplished actors in this cast. However, I didn't feel that they were able to do their best work here...

Don't see it if ...The play tried to be profound, wasn't because characters didn't seem that realistic. the situation seemed very contrived. Read more

70
Relevant, Trite, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great acting especially by Baker and Glover; interesting theme about how to deal with aging; what would we do without friends?

Don't see it if you don't care for stories about getting old; good topic but not fully developed; better as a sitcom; can be draggy in parts.

91
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a really funny play with a great cast and an adult story. Skillfully written and directed. Has A BIG CHILL quality to it.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a musical.

79
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if story of 3 60+ year-old couples contemplating issues of aging, thinking about caring for each other in a 'commune'; see it for John Glover

Don't see it if don't want issues of marital infidelity and intimacy/sex issues or discussion based shows Read more

80
Refreshing, Intelligent, Fun, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You want to see six talented older actor get a chance to show their stuff. Lots of funny bits. Baker soars. Timely topic- aging. Enjoyed it

Don't see it if you expect some great revelations re: relationships. Honestly, the conflict and resolution didn't make sense to me. But the banter was fun.

74
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You appreciate good acting about relevant subjects about growing old , community and the choices we make

Don't see it if I wanted to like this more than I did. The lack of chemistry was a distraction and it felt forced and thin in content

90
Well written and acted, Enjoyable, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy ensemble plays with an all around excellent cast; you want to leave the theater feeling glad that you saw this production

Don't see it if you prefer plays that explore marriage in depth;

64
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Disappointing, Funny

See it if you want to see six veteran actors on stage. It is a treat to see them perform.

Don't see it if you want a play that will engage you. Not much happens until the last part of act two, then the play abruptly ends without resolution.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
September 22nd, 2019

"In ‘Fern Hill,’ Scene-Stealing for the Common Good: John Glover lifts Michael Tucker’s otherwise convoluted and crowded dramedy of baby boomers contemplating life on a commune."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 19th, 2019

"An ensemble of acting veterans, including Jill Eikenberry and Mark Linn-Baker, appears in the new dramedy written by 'L.A. Law' actor Michael Tucker, about six friends who mull over the idea of living together in their old age."
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Theatermania
September 19th, 2019

"Aging Baby Boomers Experiment With Communal Living in Fern Hill: Three couples navigate their golden years under one roof."
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BroadwayWorld
September 22nd, 2019

"'FERN HILL' at 59E59 Theaters-A Mature Comedy that is Heartfelt and Spirited."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 26th, 2019

"The pleasures of 'Fern Hill' are largely incidental…an amiable, intermittently amusing conversation piece about marriage, friendship, aging, and adultery; despite its tendency to touch lightly on serious matters, it's the kind of entertainment that wouldn't say "boo" to a goose, so determined is it to leave the audience feeling warm and fuzzy."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 19th, 2019

"Three aging couples, all longtime friends, consider the possibility of communal living, in Michael Tucker's wobbly comic drama. An excellent cast does its best to liven things up, but to little avail."
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New York Stage Review
September 19th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Old Friends, Getting Older': Michael Tucker's play considers marriage and friendship in our golden years"
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New York Stage Review
September 19th, 2019

2/5 Stars "'Trouble Down on the Farm': Come for actors John Glover and Mark Linn-Baker; leave with playwright Michael Tucker's recipe for spaghetti with clam sauce"
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Theater News Online
September 20th, 2019

"The sextet's camaraderie and comfort with each other are so palpable that it makes perfect sense that they're all considering living communally at 'Fern Hill' - all except the rather obstinate Jer, who seems more than reluctant to give up his privacy."
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TheaterScene.net
September 20th, 2019

"...all mainstays of the New York stage-being playful together. Together, they make interesting stuff out of the material they've been given, and they are all highly watchable. But would the play seem more fulfilling and important if there were more fully developed personal and interpersonal conflicts?"
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CurtainUp
September 19th, 2019

"Michael Tucker's dramedy adds up to a pleasant two hours, thanks to excellent actors and helpful staging by director Nadia Tass."
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September 19th, 2019

"The playwright seems to want to cover an extensive range of topics without focusing on one primary theme...The playwright effortlessly introduces themes; however, he does not allow many of these themes to develop to the point of exposing the important underbelly of rich and enduring questions."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
September 19th, 2019

"Superficially titillating but nonetheless enjoyable concoction…Its two hours go down easily, its production quality never falters, and, if you're of a certain age, you may even give some thought to where you stand (if you still can) on the issues it addresses."
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Times Square Chronicles
September 22nd, 2019

“These two couples are exceptional in their portraits, but unfortunately, they are not the core ingredients. They are simply the side dishes at this friendly communal dinner party. The main course is where the disconnection and flavor separation is occurring...”
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Theater Pizzazz
August 12th, 2018
For a previous production

"The Farmhouse – – a gathering womb where three couples congregate to celebrate their good friendships, warm feelings and special occasions in Michael Tucker’s new dramedy, 'Fern Hill,' debuting at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch, N.J."
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CurtainUp
August 12th, 2018
For a previous production

"Six seasoned actors are playing six seasoned characters in Michael Tucker's grievously under-seasoned play 'Fern Hill.' ...Would that we would experience more than the one slightly unsettling revelation and more than a few predictable resolutions."
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