Gloria: A Life
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Gloria: A Life

Gloria: A Life NYC Reviews and Tickets

(211 Ratings)
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Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

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").

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Show-Score Member Reviews (211)

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92 Reviews | 25 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to hear more about Gloria's advocacy and work. OR if you want to hear about the amazing women who surrounded her.

Don't see it if You aren't a feminist (we should all be feminists) or you aren't at least willing to listen.

137 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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 Read more

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

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 Read more

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

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.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
Masterful, Must see, Exhilarating

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

56 Reviews | 14 Followers
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.

55 Reviews | 7 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

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.

80 Reviews | 51 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Interactive

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 Read more

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
October 18th, 2018

“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.”
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Time Out New York
October 18th, 2018

“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 ritual.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 19th, 2018

“’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.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 18th, 2018

“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.”
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October 21st, 2018

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 8th, 2018

“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.”
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New York Stage Review
October 18th, 2018

“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.”
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October 18th, 2018

“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."
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