In Previews: Opens Dec 09 | Upper W Side

Greater Clements

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great writing, Profound

About the show

Playwright Sam Hunter ("The Whale," "Lewiston/Clarkston") returns to Lincoln Center for this new drama set in an Idaho mining colony. More…

From the show:

GREATER CLEMENTS, takes place in the fictional town of Greater Clements, Idaho, a mining community where properties are being purchased by wealthy out-of-state people, forcing out lifelong residents — largely blue-collar workers — who are becoming disenfranchised and disenchanted. But all of that is in the subtext; it isn’t hammered on the head. The story is told through Maggie, played by the marvelous Judith Ivey. Maggie is on the verge of shutting down her family’s Mine Tour and Museum business. Her troubled adult son, has moved back home, recovering but unmoored. As the play opens, Maggie awaits a visit from an old friend. He brings a tempting offer to start a new life with him beyond this desolate town’s limits. Through the author’s quirky humor, keen observation and deep sensitivity to these idiosyncratic characters, we see just how hard it might be to leave the past behind.

Member Reviews (13)


Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Great writing, Profound
Avg Score

During previews
Awful staging!, Rambling, Excruciating, Self-indulgent poor writing, Aimless

See it if You can stand watching paint dry for 3 hours. Donovan is an amazing performer.

Don't see it if All others give very mediocre performances on top of the sophomoric and soporific script. Awful staging partial views 85% of the seats

Also A big parenthesis is owed to Donovan whose scenes and acting provide t... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Unfocused, Slow, Way too long, Dull

See it if You enjoy dreary stories about family & relationships. Actor playing the son is really good.

Don't see it if Show is VERY slow and low energy. It's a 3 hour "epic" that should be an hour shorter. Lots of convos that add up to nothing.

Also There are 2 intermissions and I wish I had left after the first one. V... Read more Read less

During previews
Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like a deep tragedy that is well acted and staged. Has a good story to it.

Don't see it if 3 hours long. Was slow at two parts but a pretty good pace to the show. If your not into deep thought tragedies.

During previews
Ambitious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A stunted son,a returning lost love,and her town is closing down; Clementstine native,Ivey, is having a really bad day.There may be an exit.

Don't see it if Ivey's fine acting and the final pulpy twenty minutes,aren't compensation enough for three acts over three hours.Hydraulic stage.Duck faces!

Also "I was born with nothing but problems, you're not, you're smart, you'r... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Epic, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Excellent acting by Judith Ivey as the mom to her troubled son. Tough luck in life with guy she was married to. Heart wrenching despair.

Don't see it if You dislike epic 3 hour soap opera dramas that fly by. Powerhouse acting fraught w raw emotions. Shocking scene late in 3rd act.

During previews
Very good acting. good story that falls apart at the end.

See it if You appreciate good acting and a play that is still finding it's voice.

Don't see it if You want a well done finished play.

Also The production value is very problematic. There are pillars all around... Read more Read less

During previews
Columns block views from many seats, Long, Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want very good acting (esp. Judith Ivey & Edmund Donovan) - and want a VERY BLEAK and LONG soap opera-like tale in small Idaho towns.

Don't see it if you want to smile. This is a dreary/bleak story & sudsy storytelling. Mundanely-staged; columns block many views. Good acting can't rescue.

Also Audience members departed at both intermissions - voting with their fe... Read more Read less

During previews
Family struggles against the pull of the past to head into an unsettling future

See it if A long, very bleak but well-written tragedy is what you're in the mood for. You don't mind a show that's almost three hours (first preview).

Don't see it if You're looking for something light that won't requite much brain space on your part.

Also I am a fan of Sam Hunter and enjoyed Lewiston/Clarkson last year. This... Read more Read less

During previews
Great play but bleak..., Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like the playwrights work. Superb performances esp mother and son dynamic. Very bleak theme and a surprise ending.

Don't see it if This play is 3 hours long...It needs to be cut down nd there is really no need for 2 ten minute intermission...Amazing set.

During previews
Clever staging, Intriguing

See it if You’re interested in a story that unfolds like a puzzle. The acting is quite good also.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in a play that is long. The play can benefit from cutting the last 15 minutes.

During previews
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You like 3 hour plays with 2 intermissions so you have multiple options for leaving. Or plays that drag on with unresolved conflict.

Don't see it if you like plays where characters develop. This is a sad, slice of life story where everyone is stuck.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like a drama of how people try to make the best of what life has dealt them and how hard it is to fix bad decisions made earlier in life

Don't see it if bad sight lines are a deal breaker for you. There are 3, maybe 4 floor to ceiling steel beams that I had to look around to see the actors.

Also The staging is very unique. I had what would normally be considered a ... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if if you appreciate Great Acting, Excellent writing, and although it was 3 hours with 2 intermissions it moved very quickly.

Don't see it if questionable set that some times gets in the way of seeing actors bothers you.

“Greater Clements” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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