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Gloria: A Life

From 209 member  reviews
Members say: 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"). 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 (209)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

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.

50
Boring bio.

See it if You love Gloria Steinem

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

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.

55
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Banal, Insipid

See it if you need a refresher course on women's lib movement

Don't see it if you are sick of #metoo crap and miss the good old days and Leave It To Beaver. Meanwhile SNL has a singer with slutty open blouse !

Also Just read her book. Actors were talented but this was mostly torture t... Read more Read less

65
Relevant, Disappointing

See it if Steinem’s had an interesting life, and Lahti plays her effectively, but the piece lacks tension and is devoid of a dramatic arc.

Don't see it if Video screens upstaged acting. Talkback was painful and unnecessary. *Beware of audience participation if you’re male and sitting in front.

65
Disappointing, Banal

See it if you've never heard of Gloria Steinem and would like to get the bullet points.

Don't see it if you're willing to wait for the film or miniseries. Either of these would be much more befitting to the GS story.

Also The Daryl Roth Theatre is currently decked out with colorful pillows o... Read more Read less

69
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you absolutely have to know about her past and the events surrounding her efforts for the women's movement

Don't see it if you want a good script; actors did what they could with it, but if it were any other topic this show would have closed after a few days

62
Great acting, Pity party, Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you like to see talented people performing well; are interested in learning something about Gloria's life.

Don't see it if if you expect to learn what the movement did and is doing to overcome misogyny. This is an overly emotional pity party.

Also It is hard to believe that Gloria participated in its creation.

53
Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Ambitious, Banal

See it if If you are interested in the life and times of Gloria Steinem you might like this.

Don't see it if The show was an attempt at an onstage documentary and it failed terribly. Slow, and tedious.

69
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant

See it if You want a sketchy and very sanitized perspective on Gloria Steinem

Don't see it if You don’t like to be told how to feel.

60
Disappointing, Banal, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You need some remedial work on the history of the women's movement and don't have much of an idea about who Gloria Steinem is.

Don't see it if You are schooled in the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s as this is a plodding chronology. Boring for a decidedly unboring woman.

During previews
60
Disappointing, historical, lecture-y, uninspiring, not worthy of the subject matter

See it if You don't know much about Gloria Steinem or her life.Instead of going deep, it summarizes who she is, role she played in the movement

Don't see it if You want a play, rather than a lecture/history. In last half hour there's a "talk circle" where you praise what moved you in the play! Ick.


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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