New York | 2h 0m | Ends Mar 31

Gloria: A Life

From 24 critic and 168 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

This world premiere biographical drama chronicles the life of iconic feminist Gloria Steinem. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus ("Waitress," "Pippin"). More…

"Gloria: A Life" presents a richly detailed tapestry about one of the most inspiring and remarkable women of our time. Five decades after Gloria Steinem began raising her voice for equality and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. 

2h 0m | Ends Mar 31 | Daryl Roth Theatre (Gramercy)


90
BroadwayWorld

"Arguably the most potent, informative, emotionally riveting and ultimately uplifting theatre piece currently playing in New York...In one sense, the play comes off as a personal appearance. With the audience seated arena style in an oval surrounding the playing area the history-making activist talks about America's current political landscape...As directed with the typically strong hand of Diane Paulus...there is also a sense of story theatre to the proceedings." Full Review

90
New York Magazine / Vulture

“’Gloria: A Life’ isn’t a straightforward bio-play. It’s a unique, deeply moving performance created in the hopeful, conversational spirit of its extraordinary subject, an act of looking back in order to look forward...For some, ‘Gloria: A Life’ might be a visit to an old friend, a love letter, an affirmation, a manifesto, an encouragement, or an experience of catalyzation or catharsis. It’s all these things, and it’s also a lesson.” Full Review

90
Front Row Center

“Mann’s ‘Gloria – a Life’ is as thought-provoking, educational, inspirational, and surprising as is Ms. Steinem herself. Although I occasionally questioned Mann’s style, her subject was so compelling, I was rapt, riveted...Lahti looks so much like Steinem’s younger self they could be twins...The evening unfolds as a series of ‘Aha!’ moments. With the help of six remarkable actors who comprise the ensemble...Gloria tells us about, and takes us through those moments.” Full Review

85
CurtainUp

“Diane Paulus has staged Emily Mann's wonderful play about the long and influential life of Gloria Steinem to create an experience that's more like having a conversation than watching a play...Christine Lahti not only convincingly inhabits the titular role but is a reasonably convincing Steinem look-alike...Mann's script is stuffed with countless other both humorous and moving defining moments in Steinem's personal and professional life." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"The play succeeds in part because it takes such an upbeat view of Steinem and her career. Early in the play, the character proclaims herself to be a 'hope-aholic'-and her stalwart optimism proves contagious. Yes, challenges to women's rights have been rife in the last couple of years. But when-at the top of the play-we see projected TV clips depicting the cultural pigeonholing of 1950's women as wives and mothers and little more, it lends our current situation a welcome perspective." Full Review

81
Front Mezz Junkies

"A staged biography...Made flesh and bones by the strong and forceful portrayal by Christine Lahti...Powerfully written in celebrity documentary style structure, 'Gloria' is glad to show her flaws and fears as badges of honor and lessons learned...The piece feels extremely relevant and particularly educational...Intellectually invigorated throughout, I sometimes found myself emotionally put-off struggling to find depth within its historic backdrop." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

“A bio show/love-in/town hall meeting/therapy session conducted by the magnetic Lahti in the guise of...Gloria Steinem...It's a straightforward evening of show-and-tell, but, for all its seeming artlessness, it vividly conveys why the feminist movement was necessary, and why Steinem was so central to it...’Gloria: A Life’ captures the sheer exhilaration of the discovery, made by millions of women, that they could be powerful, too. Paulus' breezy direction keeps things lively.” Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

"A moving, enlightening, and inspiring show...It’s half storytelling, half consciousness-raising — a support group in trying times...The seven members of the cast are storytellers, telling us the stories of Steinem’s life but also as many or more memorable events in the women’s movement that she witnessed...It’s not that 'Gloria' spares us details of what women were (and are) up against. But 'Gloria' has the clear aim of bucking up the audience." Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

“Directed in the round by Paulus and put together by an almost entirely female creative team, the production is not as theatrically audacious as its subject was politically daring. What it does is give many audience members a release valve in our tumultuous times...Lahti gives an affecting, calmly determined portrayal; it's hard to think of a better guide than this particular actor through the life of someone who has embodied the fight for women's rights for half a century.” Full Review

80
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Informative and motivational, as well as entertaining...Steinem brings the play’s impassioned views up to date, including opposition to Trump and the ongoing threats to a woman’s right to abortion...The entire play is fueled by the charm of Lahti’s candid performance, and the production adds up to a huge activist rally. On the night I attended this was reinforced in the post-play discussion...The chat session, at moments like a revival meeting, was frequently interrupted by applause." Full Review

80
Theatre Reviews Limited

"Under the astute direction of Diane Paulus, the two-hour multimedia piece fuses docudrama, theatre and talking circle, to review the life of Ms. Steinem...We learn from the past, and when hearing and seeing what this incredible woman has accomplished, we believe and comprehend that one person can make a difference...This is not an ordinary piece of theater but is certainly a relevant dramatic presentation, considering the power of the current Me Too movement." Full Review

80
Newsday

“Intelligent, agenda-heavy biodrama...Lahti has perfected the look and, more importantly, the intensity and fervor of the activist at the forefront of the women's rights movement...An ensemble of six versatile actresses portrays many of the women who joined in the trailblazing...You learn fascinating bits about Steinem along the way, from interesting to sad to surprising...All of this leads to the final talking circle, which is clearly this production's raison d'être.” Full Review

80
The Wrap

"Mann’s well-crafted play — which is equal parts biography, history lesson, TED talk and call to action — encourages just the sort of cathartic engagement that was on display with audience members...The show’s real power, though, comes in Steinem’s — and Lahti’s — ability to give voice to the deep-seated feelings of powerlessness and frustration and exploitation that many women feel — and to channel those feelings into meaningful action." Full Review

80
Off Off Online

“Lahti captures Steinem with poise and grace as she narrates the personal and political story of Steinem’s life...Directed by Emmy Award–winner Paulus, who is known for pushing physical boundaries, the theater experience is intimate and informal...The show is an opportunity to celebrate not only Steinem’s life but black women...A self-proclaimed ‘hope-aholic’, Steinem’s story is sure to inspire both men and women to take action for a better future.“ Full Review

80
Vogue

“A stage experience that’s one part theater, one part consciousness-raising group therapy session...’Gloria: A Life’ offers an experience that promises to be a more intimate recollection of Steinem’s journey...Act I present the events that would come to define Steinem’s life...Act II...Becomes a real talking circle...In which attendees can air their feelings: their reactions to what they’ve seen or their grievances with the state of the world and the paltry progress for women within it.” Full Review

75
Broadway & Me

“Mann and Paulus clearly adore their subject and revere even more the kind of we’re-all-in-this-together activism that Steinem has long championed...While there are few personal revelations about Steinem in this show, you will learn about the debt she feels she owes to the women of color...There is a kind of preaching-to-the-choir quality about 'Gloria'...but, in these anxious times, sometimes the choir needs to sing—and to be listened to.” Full Review

75
DC Metro Theater Arts

"More akin to the format of an academic lecture, political rally, and talkback...Played with personable commitment and understated emotion by Lahti, the overall mood of the eponymous figure, and the tone...is retrospective and deferential...If you’re a longtime fan of the feminist icon, 'Gloria: A Life' will come as a welcome tribute to her contributions and legacy, though one offering few insights or information that you don’t already know or remember." Full Review

75
Towleroad

“A talking circle for the resistance is happening at the Daryl Roth Theatre...The sweep of Steinem’s legacy is the subject of Mann’s play, directed with an earnest warmth by Paulus...Mann’s story rides the swell and crest of second wave feminism...If 'Gloria' presents an uncomplicated view of an undoubtedly complex woman, such freedom from ambivalence works to unite viewers behind a common cause that’s urgent as ever. ” Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

“Lahti…is perfect casting for Steinem…For all its historical interest, and its red-hot relevance to those invested in the ongoing women's movement, ‘Gloria: A Life’ is more a docudrama than a drama, a history lesson about a fascinating, important, still living woman…There are moments of sadness, moments of triumph, and moments of laughter, but little dramatic tension…'Gloria'… is like a sermon to the choir-uplifting, informative, and excellently delivered - but…not entirely lacking in dullness.” Full Review

70
The New York Times

“Something powerful is happening at the Daryl Roth Theater — but it isn’t so much the play as the audience...A paint-by-numbers portrait of Gloria Steinem...For those who already know the story... from Steinem’s memoir...the play itself — as opposed to the experience of it — does not have much new to add...We get something of a historical pageant...These powerful stories get short shrift in Paulus’ staging...This gives ‘Gloria: A Life’ the wedged-in, medley feel of a jukebox musical.” Full Review

70
CitiTour

“Here, despite the savvy and inventive direction of Diane Paulus and an extremely appealing central performance by Christine Lahti (aided by six excellent ensemble members juggling almost countless roles), that is the case. Indeed, one wishes that Mann had been a little less concerned about hitting all the expected notes, even briefly (Steinem's short ‘undercover’ stint as a Playboy Bunny, the founding of Ms. Magazine, et al.) and given us a bit more of Steinem's mostly untold story.” Full Review

70
Tim Teeman

"An uncritical but still inspiring survey of the feminist icon’s life...Less a piece of theatre and more an act of communion and consciousness-raising...Yes, the excellent, charismatic Christine Lahti skillfully embodies Steinem in the play’s first act...But the play comes to an even more emotional and forceful life in its second half...The first half is rousing to watch, but rarely willing to burrow deeper and more critically into its subject...A highly curated and selective positive biograp... Full Review

65
Time Out New York

“During the bioplay ‘Gloria: A Life’, Steinem quotes the oft-cited maxim that ‘the personal is political'...When ‘Gloria’ works, it’s when the political feels personal...Judged as a piece of drama, Mann’s retelling of Steinem’s story is unexciting and by-the-numbers; as a piece of performance, Lahti’s portrait seems both sleepy and stiff. But 'Gloria' is not really supposed to be either drama or traditional performance. Mann and Paulus envision it as an old-fashioned consciousness-raising ri... Full Review

65
New York Stage Review

“If you’re in need of a little inspiration. some reassurance that the world is not the total dumpster fire that Fox News would have us believe...’Gloria: A Life’ is just the ticket...Less a bioplay and more a crash course in feminism...Mann never makes it feel like we’re getting a history lesson....After the story comes...a 20-minute discussion...Whether the show needs this particular portion probably depends on your personal taste.” Full Review


100
Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Masterful

See it if Truly something everyone will get something out of!

Don't see it if You’re not in a mood for a play.

100
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great, true, show

Don't see it if you are a male (or female) chauvinist you-know-what

Also This is a wonderful show. No reason not to see it.

100
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in learning about the life of Gloria Steinem and the beginning of the women's movement as we know it. (see More)

Don't see it if You want traditional theater where you feel far away from the performers

Also The second act is interactive with the audience and gives people an op... Read more Read less

100
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like good acting and a good story.

Don't see it if you do not like true stories.

100
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if The play is about Gloria Steinem life from her teenage years taking care of her mentally ill mother, her early career as a journalist in

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the women liberation movement

Also New York, her feminist "conversion" at a 1968 abortion-rights rally an... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an important play about and the beginning on the women's movement. Gloria Steinem was there for talk,. Alan Alda was there.

Don't see it if You want to see a straight play with a typical theater setting. This was very imaginative and told Gloria's story brilliantly.

100
Exhilarating, Must see, Masterful

See it if you like emotionally powerful & moving Theatre experience, brilliantly directed & acted. Thought provoking , nostalgic and relevant.

Don't see it if you do not believe in human equality

96
Great story, excellent learning venu

See it if Gloria Steinem; admire, don't know, or dislike this tells her life and significance, with others in the Women's Movement. Nicely told.

Don't see it if It's in the round, and multimedia is used it's not proscenium. 7 talented women play probably 30+ parts. Hate Learning, skip it.

95
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn about a living icon and you are a feminist - male or female.

Don't see it if you are a misogynist.

95
Interactive, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if A true story Of the women’s movement and an icon of woman’s life. Interactive theater. Told by good writing and acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like a true storyline of a feminist women’s life. Traditional plays. Theater in the round

Also The second act is interactive with the audience.

95
Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn where women have been and where we can go. Inspirational and hopeful.

Don't see it if You don’t believe in equality.

Also This show can be performed in schools and regional theaters and I hope... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Well done presentation of Steinan's life done by Christine Lahti. Wonderful history of woman's fight for equality.

Don't see it if If history does not interest you, do not go. If a woman's fight for equality , past and present, bores you, do not go.

95
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you are a young woman to learn what it took to get women where they are today.

Don't see it if if you r narrow minded

95
Absorbing & masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Remarkable staging & acting depicting the story behind the woman's movement & Gloria Steinem. Lahti is excellent.

Don't see it if If you are not a supporter of the women's movement.

Also The oval seating venue gives excellent views for all... the talk and s... Read more Read less

95
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in learning about an icon in the history of the women’s movement and equality for all.

Don't see it if You want a musical or a comedy

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you grew up with Gloria or you didn't. You enjoy thought-provoking dialog. You want to know more about Ms. Steinem.

Don't see it if You have no interest in feminism. You don't like one (almost) -woman shows.

Also This show made me want to meet Gloria Steinem and thank her for all sh... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Christine Lahti inhabit the person and personality of Gloria Steinem;

Don't see it if you don't like theater in the round; you only like musicals;

93
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you're interested in the history of the struggle for equality amongst humans. Truly an experienced that should not be missed.

Don't see it if You you're looking for a musical. However u must see this if you care for your fellow man-woman-gay-straight-or any color-religion etc.

93
Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if Lathi definitely well cast as Gloria Steinem. The theatre in the oval is a wonderful venue for this show. All seats are excellent.

Don't see it if Don' t see it if you do not know or appreciate the extraordinary activist Gloria Steinem.

92
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like excellent acting in a meaningful and profound play expressing the need for women’s rights today.

Don't see it if You are a person who thinks women should stay “in their place.”

91
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inspiring

See it if You want to feel hope in a world that no longer seems hopeful. A great personal historical look at issues we are struggling with today.

Don't see it if You have no interest in struggles that society faces and has faced...if you don’t want to leave feeling warmth between kindred souls.

Also And bring your daughters, bring your sons...many people have come back... Read more Read less

91
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing a production about strong women and the advances they made before the "me too" movement

Don't see it if you're not at all interested in seeing women who are strong, intelligent and fearless.

91
Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Gloria Steinem's life and the women of the movement is important and impressive history. The work is not done and this was so inspiring.

Don't see it if Not for bigots or brainwashed. Some people just can't handle the truth. Then maybe this might crack some hearts and minds. Hopeful message

91
Relevant, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if If you're a feminist. If you're moved by history & struggle 2 get where we are today & if you believe we still have more work 2 do.

Don't see it if you r a cynic. you r a misogynist you r a racist if any of these save your $$$.

Also C this play and you will leave being a "hope-a-holic."... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if for the nostalgia if you experienced the feminist movement. Or to know what you missed if you were too young or distracted. Marvelous photos

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show. It is fabulously produced and directed. It is inspiring and informational as well as entertaining


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