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Gloria: A Life

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Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, 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"). 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 | Already closed | Daryl Roth Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (203)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting
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Avg Score

78
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to know more about Gloria in a fun and creative setting. Great homage.

Don't see it if this can be a bit "too" informational and could use a tad more heart.

Also The "second act" discussion was interesting but it reinforced the docu... Read more Read less

76
Interesting, Informative, Relevant

See it if You are interested in Steinam or the women's movement. Feels more like a live action documentary than a typical play.

Don't see it if You want something light or fun. It definitely held my interest and I learned a lot about her but it's not the most entertaining of shows.

84
Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Unfortunate second act

See it if You want to learn more about Gloria Steinem in an entertaining, often moving way that relates well to today’s politics.

Don't see it if You’re a misogynist or have no interest in political issues.

Also The “second act” which is in essence a talk back related to the show j... Read more Read less

62
Dated, Slow, Overrated

See it if You are interested in her life. If you want to see good acting.

Don't see it if If you want a show that goes deeper, deeper into her life. A faster paced show.

80
Entertaining, Adulatory, Relevant, Informational

See it if you want to see the glorious Lahti present the formidable Steinem in a play that's long on bio details but short on theatrics or discourse.

Don't see it if you hope for a critical or penetrating docudrama. [This is a by-the-numbers, reverential, one-sided celebration of the feminist icon's life]

Also Prepare yourself for a "second act" that is an entirely audience-parti... Read more Read less

72
Profound, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Resonant, Empowering

See it if you’re looking to feel empowered—not just as a woman, but as a human. It’s worth learning about this history to understand our present.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a well-crafted play. As a performance piece, the pace is rushed and what should be profound moments lose weight.

79
Educational, Thought-provoking

See it if The actors were all very good. Each of the ensemble players were very distinctive. Patricia Kelember really looked like Gloria S.

Don't see it if If you know a lot about Gloria Steinem. Then it is like a greatest hits of her life. But even then interesting to see it.

Also I was a little disappointed but I changed my mind in the talkback beca... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want a good review of feminism that includes current references, focused on Steinem's contributions, well-portrayed by entire cast.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the history of the struggle over the last 50 years that continues today. You have no hope for equality for all.

Also Great use of projections in well-designed theater brought to a spectac... Read more Read less

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

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

79
Absorbing, Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if About the women's civil right movement.

Don't see it if you want alot of action, this is not a musical. Type that came up are women get same pay, jobs, making abortion safe and that you had choic

Also Gloria Steinem was in Act II. Love the use of the projections on the w... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if Well-deserved retrospective of a celebrated woman's life well-lived. A heavy nudge that the movement has no shero like her today.

Don't see it if No depth here, but with Lahti and Paulus attached, expectations should have claimed pronounced receipts. Nix the conversational end.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a powerful and relevant play about a women's rights and women who helped to protect those rights. Very interesting set with rugs.

Don't see it if you are not interested in women's rights, don't like Gloria Steinem or are a Republican. This play definitely has a very liberal slant.

70
A powerpoint polemic, The set and staging redeem, to a point, Disappointing, Surprisingly dull

See it if Unfamiliar w history Women's Rights movement/Steinem OR you're 50+ & want 2 relive/replenish yr activism. Sped-thru timeline flattens all.

Don't see it if Don't want lecture, want 2 be wowed by the dramatization, OR have no interest in Steinem, period. Not for "unwoke" men, or "liberal" haters.

Also Look, the issues raised are crazily relevant today and I know well the... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Gloria Steinem's extraordinary life interests and inspires you.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the fact that most of the material is lifted from the fine documentary of the same name.

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

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.

50
Boring bio.

See it if You love Gloria Steinem

Don't see it if You don’t love Gloria Steinem

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if the mainstreaming of the women's movement. The quickly interchanged roles were effective. This is no frills theater. It's all in the words

Don't see it if You dont want an impersonation of Gloria Steinem. Christine Lahti is not a favorite so I am probably prejudiced.

Also I would have loved to have been in the preview audience for which Stei... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inspiring

See it if if you are a fan of Gloria Steinem, if you care about equal rights of all kind, or if you are interested in politics, history and activism.

Don't see it if you are not interested in feminism or its history, do not care for minorities & their issues or if politics or activism do not inspire you.

80
Leisurely paced, Still relevant, Well acted, Intelligent

See it if interested in docudrama about Gloria Steinem & the early years of the Women's Movement & it's progression. Hopeful & inspirational.

Don't see it if you expect any great new insights. It's a rallying cry for a receptive audience & valuable to a young audience unfamiliar with this period.

Also There's a 20 minutes talking circle after the first part of the show t... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

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.

81
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want history of Gloria Steinem, and her career. Very educational. The act 2 talking circle that was extremely interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t want a bio show on Gloria Steinem. It was fairly pedantic, told with historical vignettes vs scenes & traditional dialogue.

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Preachy

See it if you are interested in the life of Gloria Steinem. Christine Lahti was terrific, video projections help tell the story.

Don't see it if if you are a misogynist. I found the talk back part of the show to be a little too preachy, and I'm a feminist.

100
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.

68
Often boring, Good acting, Important "messages", Non-dramatic, Talky

See it if you are interested in feminism, want to be inspired, enjoy frequently being "lectured" to, good actin & exposure to important themes.

Don't see it if you expect a dramatic script, dislike frequent lecturing, inspirational rallies about feminism and a somewhat slight biography.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you're curious about Gloria Steinem's life. Very illuminating to say the least. Christine Lahti is superb.

Don't see it if If you are an extreme conservative or do not like to hear about feminism or women's rights. In other words, you should see this!


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 n...
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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, L...
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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, a...
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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, calml...
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