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New York | 2h 0m | Ends Mar 31

Gloria: A Life

From 24 critic and 88 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Christine Lahti stars as iconic feminist Gloria Steinem in this world premiere biographical drama 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
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

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

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
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

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

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
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

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, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

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.

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

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

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
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You’re interested in this important chapter and leading figure in the women’s movement

Don't see it if the women’s movement is of no interest to you or you’re fully up to speed on it or have no interest in exploring this take.

90
Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy an informative and enlightening play about a truly fascinating person!

Don't see it if you've no knowledge, empathy or interest in the history of the Women's Movement.

90
Ambitious, Masterful, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to be in the room surrounded by powerful women listening to the story of a powerful woman.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light-hearted, musical experience.

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if ... you want the backstory of today's feminism. Gloria was an unstoppable force of nature who responded to the indignities of her time.

Don't see it if ... you think the historical treatment of women is just fine and you don't want your world view challenged.

89
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Great job portraying Gloria Steinem’s impact on culture/history and vice versa.

Don't see it if you are anti-feminism. Or maybe you should!

88
Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if An honest, thoughtful powerfully relevant compact piece of theater with a talented ensemble and immensely likable performance by ChristinebL

Don't see it if You weren’t back in the day and are now not pro equality for women

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if A great historical piece discribing the life, and importance of Gloria Steinem and the Womens movement. Christine Lahti really is believable

Don't see it if You dont like historical work regarding women's progress over the last 50 years

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You are interested in women’s topics and in the power of Gloria Steinem.

Don't see it if ...you’re not.

Also Great venue. Very intimate. Creative. Did a great job tying in real ne... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if Beautifully written and produced story of Gloria,her life and times. Christine Lahti and cast are extraordinary.A must see for all ,

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play which tells an important story of the women’s movement, diversity and a kinder America.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Inspiring, Thought provoking, Informative

See it if Either you’ve lived through the women’s movement or want to know about it. Gloria has helped change the rules. Talk-back was inspirin.

Don't see it if You’re looking for typical broadway theater. You don’t believe in equal rights for all.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if you want to learn about a shero and how some things have changed, some have stayed the same, and others are in the threat of retrograding

Don't see it if you don't like staging in the round, or plays that are more intellectual than visceral.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate feminism, social justice, and great performances. You want to learn more about a fascinating woman and her life's work.

Don't see it if the subject matter does not appeal to you, you don't enjoy biographical plays

85
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want to see a night of what feminism means. Gloria was masterfully played by Christine lahti. The ensemble was great as was the plot

Don't see it if You do not like women’s issues. Otherwise it’s a must see.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are a feminist or like gender related topics.

Don't see it if If you are not interested at all on gender related issues

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You want to know some history of the Women's movement or are interested in the life of Gloria and the people who influenced her.

Don't see it if You don't understand or care for the women's movement, or you don't like biographical theater.

Also Masterful staging for this theater in the round. I sat in last row, on... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Indulgent, Great writing

See it if You enjoy the life and story of Gloria. The first act is excellent writing with some seriously talented women on stage.

Don't see it if You don't like talk backs. The second act is solely a talk back.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to learn about Gloria Steinem’s life and you’re interested in the women’s movement.

Don't see it if You don’t have an interest in the history of feminism.

Also Small theater in the round setting made for an intimate experience. En... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Wonderfully acted and written synopsis of the life and achievements of Ms.Steinem along with many other women. Great "talking circle"at end

Don't see it if You DON'T like her or if you DO like TRUMP.LOL. Ir if you don't care for bio plays. A little slow at times, but entertaining and educational


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