Opens Sep 19 | 2h 0m | Midtown E

Fern Hill

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Thought-provoking

About the show

The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy from NJ Rep. More…

From the show:

Three couples in their golden years, thick as thieves, are gathered at Sunny and Jer's farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades. The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support – as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine and laughter. They're so close that Sunny suggests that they all move in together—to live and work and assist one another as they grow older.

Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered. The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.

Member Reviews (18)


Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a story about renavigating your life as an empty-nester.

Don't see it if You're expecting Arthur Miller.

During previews
Great acting, Mildly entertaining (act ii), Dismal (act i), Tedious, Disappointing

See it if u want a poor-man's Big Chill for the senior set w/a familiar cast of sitcom & off-Bway stars musing mostly about fidelity & sex after 60.

Don't see it if ur not interested in inconsequential banter and excessive absorption of mid/late-life crises by recognizable, if underdeveloped, characters.

Also I nearly did what I have never done before & walk out at intermission.... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if A caregiving proposal is upended when a secret betrayal surfaces. Steadfast & vigilant in its ageism theme, but never loses its light touch.

Don't see it if Star-studded veteran cast keeps the locomotive chugging and avoids the pitfalls of heavy-handedness that could have weighed down the script

During previews
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy a good comedy with six terrific actors focusing on the problem of aging in our society. Written by TV vet, Michael Tucker.

Don't see it if you do not like plays dealing with aging. This one, however, has a light touch and full of laughs.

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you would enjoy Interesting portrayal of three couples in different stages of "later life", their ideas on love, marriage, loyalties

Don't see it if you are easily bored with shows about aging and elder sex; you don't want to see your life on stage; you prefer musicals and light banter.

Also One of the more enjoyable plays I have seen t his year; nearly all of ... Read more Read less

During previews
I love this theater

See it if you want to see a drama with some nice comedic moments about getting old and how it affects different people in different ways

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to let this story build and grow before you

Also I sound like a broken record but I love everything at this theater! I ... Read more Read less

During previews
Attempt at being a relevant story about older couples.

See it if You are interested in aging couples and their relevant issues.

Don't see it if You want a well written story about couples growing older.

During previews
Touching, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you like seeing great actors at the top of their game in a show that has something serious to say but keeps you laughing.Gorgeous set.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about what life will be like when you are older.This gives a great alternative to nursing homes/dependence on kids.

Also I saw this 2 days ago, and I'm still thinking about it.Who would I wan... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting

See it if Great cast. The performance are worth the journey.

Don't see it if You didn't like Humans. Very similar feel. although considerably lighter.

During previews
Platitudinous, Verbose, Pretentious, Witty/funny at times, Superb acting

See it if you enjoy superb acting, some witty and funny dialog & are interested in middle agers rumination on sex & relationships.

Don't see it if you dislike characters' endlessly espousing their efforts to cope with spouses & friends relationships, without much true insight.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if if you are a fan of the wonderful actors in the production.

Don't see it if you expect the play to have a message.

Also The play was very funny. Mark Linn-Baker was especially humorous. Howe... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like seeing great acting, but have mediocre expectation for comedy, completeness and writing

Don't see it if this play is well played, but the writing is just ok, story threads don't all add up, and certain interesting details are ignored, uneven

During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Will you still need me? will you still feed me when we’re old and gray?

See it if A great cast with a standout performance by Mark Linn-Baker. You ever thought about living with good friends in old age? Laughs! Good set.

Don't see it if Excellent play for 59E59 without being one to remember. Low stakes. Seems written for television. Needing closeups. Six friends engage in

Also a comfortable commune living situation to support one another as they ... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Funny

See it if Good acting and interaction between the characters. If you are interested in seeing an alternative for aging with others

Don't see it if You don't like wordy plays which deal with problematic relationships

During previews
Comic side of aging, Relationships on show

See it if you'd enjoy quick wit & six acting pros deliver a fun one-off sit-com on the trials & joys of 3 couples aging w healthy friends.

Don't see it if you dislike light stage plays or can't suspend disbelief on the subjects friends might discuss among themselves.

Also Better than the last 3 plays I've seen at 59 E 59, enough to convince ... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if Enjoy a good domestic comedy with great acting and some serious life lessons.

Don't see it if You like more serious drama and don’t care for older people discussing aging and infidelity.

Also I thought beneath the laughs lay many truisms about life, friendship, ... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if the premise intrigues you, and it will for those of us at the same “certain age” of the characters. The execution: that’s another story.

Don't see it if you are searching for real wit. There are a couple of trenchant and funny scenes. Would that the entire show were thus.

Also It’s heart is mostly in the right place, and the actors are all game. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Slow, Cliched

See it if You like the idea of "The Big Chill" coming full circle to aging boomers! Aimed at folks 60+, has some sharp lines; best is a pasta recipe

Don't see it if You have no interest in the over-analysis of the Baby Boomer generation. You prefer witty comedies with fully developed female characters.

Also It was amusing to notice that practically the entire audience at 59E t... Read more Read less

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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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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