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Gloria: A Life

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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 (208)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
82
Avg Score

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you are interested in Gloria's life, feminist history, or engaging with feminist open-dialogue.

Don't see it if you're looking for something classically theatrical. The format is similar to documentary theatre. More like a history special than play.

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Inspiring

See it if you want to learn about Gloria Steinem and her activism and how she rallied and inspired others.

Don't see it if you prefer traditionally staged plays without any audience participation.

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

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

75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you're interested in the woman's movement/learning more about it and Gloria Steinem.

Don't see it if you're not interested in equal rights, history or prefer plays with dramatic arcs with less narration and more action.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

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

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if it tells on a personal level the life of gloria

Don't see it if If you do not like feminist plays

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

88
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Must see, Inspiring

See it if You are an activist or not. If you are interested in history, social justice and want to know more about Gloria!

Don't see it if are looking for a musical or fluffy story.

Also This show is interesting and entertaining and also very informavite ab... Read more Read less

72
Intelligent, Slow, Banal, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you want to learn more re: Gloria Steinem & the feminist movement presented with actors playing multiple roles from the '60's going forward!

Don't see it if you like brisk productions that are well-paced and not banal or you like comfortable seats with high backs or you want to feel moved!

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if . . . you want to see the great Christine Lahti and an excellent ensemble guide you through some history that will make your mouth drop.

Don't see it if You are looking for a story. This is more of a consciousness raising history lesson.

85
Thought-provoking, Educational, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want to learn Steinem's story and get some education about women's rights history in the process.

Don't see it if you're expecting a brilliantly-written play. it performs more like a book report, an important one that especially we New Yorkers should see

95
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

Also The second act is interactive with the audience.

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You care about feminism and are interested in the movement through the prism of Gloria Steinem’s life. Beautifully crafted production

Don't see it if women’s rights are irrelevant to your life. Supporters of the current administration will be frustrated with this production.

86
Life of an icon.

See it if you like biographical dramas.

Don't see it if you think that contemporary American history--and feminist history--are subjects best taught in the classroom.

Also Equal parts biography, history lesson, and inspirational, true-life dr... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Absorbing, 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

78
Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want learn about Gloria and the women’s movement. There is more to her story than than the Playboy Bunny episode and Ms. Magazine.

Don't see it if You do not find history and politics entertaining.

86
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Clever

See it if if you want to learn about Gloria's life, feminism, civil rights, humanity. It is very relevant. Really well done and INSPIRING.

Don't see it if you don't want to learn about our world.

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.

72
Dated, Cliched, Relevant, Banal, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are interested in a fascinating woman, a bit of a sophmoric biopic but a trip down memory lane.

Don't see it if You wanted a sophisticated treatise and a great production

80
Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant, Resonant, Diverse

See it if you're interested in feminism, intersectionality, personal narratives, consciousness raising, diverse casting, political commentary

Don't see it if you hate audience interaction. Act 2 is an open floor for anyone in the audience to react to Act 1, and it is uncomfortable.

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

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

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.

79
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the woman's movement & want to know more abt an iconic Amer figure. Actors do a good job portraying multiple characters

Don't see it if you prefer musicals, light topics..Show is very earnest, but thoughtful and slightly didactic. Energy level picks up as it goes on.


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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