Good for Otto
Closed 2h 55m
Good for Otto
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Good for Otto NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(153 Ratings)
Positive
68%
Mixed
25%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the Show

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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Show-Score Member Reviews (153)

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50 Reviews | 10 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You enjoy plays that are thought provoking with an amazing and talented cast

Don't see it if Are easily confused

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
98
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You're interested in the lives of many hurt souls who come to their psychiatrists to tell their tales. Musical interludes + great cast too!

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for a 3 hour show. But the time really flies by! Highly recommended.

203 Reviews | 49 Followers
95
Absorbing, Magnificent acting, Brutally honest, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you want to see a master's class on acting, as everyone is spot on. The story is deep and at times unsettling, but extremely worthwhile!

Don't see it if you don't want to invest three hours into an emotional rollercoaster of a show, you are triggered over mental health issues. Read more

183 Reviews | 36 Followers
94
Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you love great ensemble works with wonderful writing and insightful moments of compassion for people struggling with life's challenges.

Don't see it if Plays that have a large cast and multiple stories.

483 Reviews | 194 Followers
92
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Spectacular performances, Thrilling, Absorbing

See it if seeking a well-scripted and performed ensemble drama that asks you to question how we treat those with mental illnesses--or ourselves.

Don't see it if you get upset by darker dramas; are trigged by suicide, gunshots, child-abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mentally-involved themes. Read more

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506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see great acting from theater elite and a an attempt to tackle the Mental Health issues of the time. Great use of the stage

Don't see it if Mental problems will upset you. Also at times the projection (early in run) does not reach beyond a few rows.

155 Reviews | 32 Followers
89
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You can sit still either on stage or in the audience for 3hrs, want to see an ensemble cast of actors you've seen in movies and TV rock live

Don't see it if want to think about mental illness and how the world is effected by it Read more

100 Reviews | 15 Followers
89
Important insightful intelligent

See it if u want 2 c fantastic ensemble acting/ a meticulous evaluation of mental health in USA/Rabe magically show what patients & therapists endure

Don't see it if u don’t want 2 b depressed about the pain everyone feels/ can't understand music as pain relief/can not envision dealing with mental anguish Read more

Critic Reviews (39)

The New York Times
March 8th, 2018

"Mr. Rabe is not usually so squishy...But 'Good for Otto,' in which the battleground is the disturbed human psyche, is structured as a series of gassy monologues...The problem of mental health coverage wants a fuller, more serious treatment than that. But the play uses the issue as topical bait...At nearly three hours, 'Good for Otto' is a long and shapeless slog...Here, under Scott Elliott’s direction, it is unconvincing and overacted."
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Time Out New York
March 8th, 2018

"Director Scott Elliott hurries our emotions along with bathetic piano arpeggios every time something sad happens. Rabe’s intentions are wonderful; he’s taking inspiration from an actual clinic, and as a paean to the real world’s heroic therapists, 'Good for Otto' flourishes like a trumpet. But three hours of trumpeting grows tiring. Over the play’s considerable length, there are several false notes, and even the right ones start to wear on the ear."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 8th, 2018

"One of the best new plays to come along in recent seasons. What’s more, it’s being performed by the very best ensemble cast in town...The results remind us that in the hands of the finest writers, there’s no such thing as a cliché, since human life is always the same—and always new...Impeccably true to everyday life...I’ve never seen a show that was as realistic in its portrayal of therapy and crisis intervention...Our attention never wanders."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 8th, 2018

"A big, meaty, monologue-driven drama...It's performed by a mostly first-rate ensemble...It's laced with poignant passages...But it's also baggy and structurally monotonous, not to mention didactic and dated...Moments of intense dramatic impact but overall feels too diffuse...This shapeless play loses rather than gathers steam, ultimately seeming more like a docudrama patchwork with messy stitching than a satisfying, fully realized theatrical work."
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The Observer
March 8th, 2018

"Densely populated with dull case histories, frustratingly slow, and entirely too long (three hours of tedium)...This is one of the gifted playwright’s weakest efforts...The actors are very good. Too bad Rabe has given them so little to do of any real theatrical consequence...You leave with the wearying impression that Rabe hasn’t quite finished his job. This is a work in progress, still struggling to come alive in its unpolished infancy."
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Theatermania
March 8th, 2018

"Snooze of a play...Regrettably, not even an all-star cast can enliven this meandering stroll past a vitally important topic...Individually compelling storylines emerge from the play, buoyed mostly by the acting...Unfortunately, the format of therapy doesn't easily lend itself to drama, which is most powerful when its characters are in dialogue. It is difficult to get that jolt of dramatic electricity when one character pours his heart out and the response from his scene partner is a silently scribbled note."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 9th, 2018

"At times, 'Good for Otto' seems bent on going wrong in every way imaginable...The patients crowd each other out, never holding the stage long enough to grab one's full attention...The first act of 'Good for Otto,' it is the opposite of drama...Second act picks up a bit...Scattered, skittish collection of scenes...Loaded with good actors, all of whom perform as well as their roles will allow...It's hard not to feel that the actors are having a better time than the audience."
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Talkin' Broadway
March 8th, 2018

"A masterwork about the care and treatment of mental illness, written by a playwright at the top of his game and being presented in a commanding production...Filled with richly portrayed characters...This production is being helmed with an appropriately unobtrusive touch by The New Group's artistic director Scott Elliott and is blessed with a collaborative ensemble of 14 excellent actors who allow David Rabe's richly-wrought words to tell the story through them."
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