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Fern Hill

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Members say: 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. 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 (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Relevant
75
Avg Score

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.

Also I didn't even understand how these people were such good friends. Seem... Read more Read less

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

Also "Sunday' a play at ATC was about angst in 20+ year-olds. This is about... Read more Read less

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.

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;

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

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.

74
Romantic, Slow, Great staging, Dated, Banal

See it if Believe that there is life after 60; full of emotions, ups and downs, friendships and betrayals;that wrinkles do not make you less desirable

Don't see it if Do not believe in friendship, expect the storyline to be more polished,think that 3 couples living together can be only in German porno

Also "All happy families resemble each other, each unhappy family is unhapp... Read more Read less

68
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you like traditional plays, I guess

Don't see it if you're only going to check out the cast, I didn't really enjoy the play itself good as the cast is

65
Good talent but inane show, Banal, Quirky, Oh so sloooow, Disappointing

See it if you're a senior...maybe. The theater was packed with a primarily older crowd, and the majority found the content funny.

Don't see it if you're not there yet. I promise you, Golden Girls (or Seniors, as it were) it is not. It was long.

92
Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in aging and how some choose to deal with aches, pains and long-standing friendships.

Don't see it if you do not like to be reminded you are getting older and the consequences that follow.

80
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if I enjoyed this what I will call a poor man's version of The Big Chill. I had a few laughs and had some serious moments as well

Don't see it if Many established actors did a good job with this play. Made for an amusing and fun night out at the theater.

72
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy new plays with excellent actors

Don't see it if you dislike plays that need work.

71
Relevant, Bittersweet, Poignant, Humorous, Entertaining

See it if Uncomplicated, honest story, performed by a veteran cast, that will hold your interest making for an enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if Play seems geared toward people of a certain age. If not of that age or interested in that type of tale, this one may not be for you.

85
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy intelligent examinations of mature marriages beautifully acted.

Don't see it if you prefer either flashy musicals or raw, dark plays

75
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the banter of millennials contemplating the best way to live out their later years...with friends.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable hearing about sex and extra marital adventures.

Also All the actors were fine but Mr. Glover was especially good in his rol... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Good writing, Great acting

See it if you like theater that is both funny and intelligent, about the vicissitudes of aging

Don't see it if you are adverse to older people talking about sex and aging

Also As I watched Fern Hill, I kept thinking these are the people from The ... Read more Read less

66
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if A great ensemble of actors underutilized. The material doesn't give them enough to go on.

Don't see it if You are expecting any revelations. Frustrated seniors looking back on their lives

40
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you want to see some excellent actors up close.

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters in a drama.

Also tepid, flaccid, cringe-y, "big chill" for seniors ... when the best th... Read more Read less

75
Not well resolved, Entertaining, Slow, Inconsistent, Resonant

See it if you like exploration of different relationships and what might make them tick.

Don't see it if You don't like wordy, sometimes meandering presentations

Also The show had very different tempos aand shifts that were sometimes int... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you appreciate difficult subjects handled with dexterity & humor, with some great lines, contrasting characters & fine ensemble performances

Don't see it if you're really not interested in watching three married couples explore marriage relationships with sensitivity and humor

83
Relevant, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Funny

See it if Beautifully acted. Intense. Well worth a night out.

Don't see it if If you are tired of middle aged drama, don't go, but I thought it well done.

50
Banal, Overrated, Slow

See it if you were of the Woodstock generation. The younger people in the audience seemed to enjoy this more than I did.

Don't see it if if you dont like boring dialogue. The second act was better than the first but still not great.

73
Relevant, Slow, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’d like to see some great actors that you recognize from film and tv give fantastic performances in a very often funny play.

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn’t always go for laugh. borderline sitcom in terms of presenting the situation rather than diving into characters


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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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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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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September 22nd, 2019
"'FERN HILL' at 59E59 Theaters-A Mature Comedy that is Heartfelt and Spirited."
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