Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Relevant

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Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony-winning playwright David Rabe conjures a whole American community on the edge in the New Group's New York premiere starring Ed Harris.

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Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels (Ed Harris), his colleague Evangeline (Amy Madigan) and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft  characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity.


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85
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Moving

See it if I was deeply moved by this depiction of a small town mental health clinic, it's 2 psychiatrists, and the patients they treat. Superb acting.

Don't see it if Play is LONG - over 3 hrs. Subject matter is mostly dark, disturbing, sad. Various short musical moments were strange, confusing.

Also I thought Mark Linn Baker gave a particularly moving performance as a ... Read more Read less

52
Indulgent, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if What a shame. Such talent wasted. There is a very important play that needs to be written on the mental health crisis and this is not it.

Don't see it if You expect a good play. The acting is amazing including Perlman, Mark Linn Baker, Laura Esterman, Harris etc. The play is not worthy,

Also Someone needs to tell Rabe that this is not his Angels in America. ... Read more Read less

50
Dark, Disappointing, Disturbing, Dull, Devoid (of meaning)

See it if you want to see a stellar cast, but they're mostly wasted. GFO runs over 3 hrs w/barely any insights. Intimate setting; don't sit onstage.

Don't see it if you want a strong script. There's no story arc, no character development. Feels like documentary, except for brief parts in doctor's head.

Also The two therapists are hard-working, but not very adept (maybe that's ... Read more Read less

55
Very unwieldy story telling.

See it if You're a fan of David Rabe and appreciate the subject matter (mental health) and the very good cast.

Don't see it if You want a coherent story.

98
Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You won’t see a better cast- ever. Just so many award winners onstage reveling in masterful content and brilliantly delivered. Gr8 message.

Don't see it if Have a short attention span. It has great story arcs that are disturbing so if you want a 90 minute spoof like others here this isn’t for u

Also Having read the 2015 script I have to strike fiercely back at the peop... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy intelligent plays with great acting

Don't see it if You cannot sit for 3 hours

Also Very moving performances. Excellent staging. We sat on stage and loved... Read more Read less

14
Indulgent, Banal, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if Debated leaving at intermission. 2 hours later we so regretted not doing it!!

Don't see it if You have anything else to do


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