Greater Clements
Closed 2h 50m
Greater Clements
77

Greater Clements NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(200 Reviews)
Positive
80%
Mixed
15%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the Show

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

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (200)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
965 Reviews | 339 Followers
75
Long, Intelligent, Terrible sightlines, Messy plot, Absorbing

See it if you like complex chars in unusual setting. Some stg acting (esply Donovan/Ivey). Slice of life, w/high tension. Some humor. Gd pace, but lg.

Don't see it if you want believable plotting and a satisfying ending. Interesting material, but it doesn't add up. A set sh never interfere w/audience. Read more

794 Reviews | 215 Followers
92
Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like great drama that is realistic, intense, thought provoking and heart wrenching. It is a story of sad times and sad people striving.

Don't see it if you do not like long plays that keep revealing bits and in the end leave you thinking rather than provide a conclusive end.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
87
Great acting, Bleak, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if Legacy of suffering in a dissolving town, abandoned mine, and a family's last generation. Burdensome love. Aimlessness, despair, defeat.

Don't see it if You are not up for a long, deep, absorbing 3 act play that draws out its bleak feelings. Blocked sight lines (especially avoid front rows). Read more

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
81
Traditional structure, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you miss plays with plot points, climaxes, themes and intermissions. Good performances and interesting staging,

Don't see it if you are not prepared for a 2 hour 50 minute run time.

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
78
A tad long, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Fan of the playwright, get a feel for dying Idaho towns, enjoy complex characters with strong female lead, see mine created as part of set

Don't see it if Don’t like 3-act 2-intermission plays, stories about dying towns, many scenes in low lights, manufactured suspense

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
84
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Edmund Donovan is the stand-out in an outstanding cast in Hunter's noble yet bleak drama about loss of identity through loss of community

Don't see it if McCallum's finely wrought staging is essential in allowing this well crafted, deliberate melodrama to unfold as various plot lines converge

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
95
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if See it for Edmund Donovan (Joe), he is incredible. Other actors fantastic too.Very well written play, riveting. Interesting & surprising set

Don't see it if Show is long (although it didn't feel that way). Two intermissions worked because each section was fairly short. Bad sightlines... Read more

494 Reviews | 103 Followers
98
Incredibly realistic, One of the best performances of all time, One of the best plays of all time

See it if You enjoy perfect and realistic family dramas that will keep you captivated for three hours

Don't see it if You are looking for something light. I can’t imagine anyone seeing this play and not being emotionally moved to tears Read more

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
December 9th, 2019

"‘Greater Clements,’ the Tragedy of a Town that Closed: Samuel D. Hunter’s creaky play about the downsizing of the American West features terrific performances by Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan."
Read more

Time Out New York
December 9th, 2019

5 Stars. "Chekhovian in spirit but utterly modern in its concerns, Greater Clements is suffused with Hunter's signature combination of gentleness and despair...The play is nearly three hours long. It's not boring for a moment, though, because it is so rich with nuance and quiet dread."
Read more

New York Magazine / Vulture
December 10th, 2019

"'Greater Clements,' a Small-Town Drama Where the Town’s Disappearing"
Read more

The Hollywood Reporter
December 9th, 2019

"Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan play a single mother and her troubled son in a dying Idaho mining town in MacArthur Fellowship recipient Samuel D. Hunter's elegiac drama."
Read more

Variety
December 9th, 2019

"Samuel D. Hunter’s new play, now at Lincoln Center with stage legend Judith Ivey, dives deep – literally."
Read more

The Washington Post
December 9th, 2019

"‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year"
Read more

Theatermania
December 9th, 2019

"An American Town Dissolves and a Family Struggles to Remain Solid in 'Greater Clements': Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan star in Samuel D. Hunter's latest drama."
Read more

BroadwayWorld
December 10th, 2019

"Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan Extraordinary in Samuel D. Hunter's 'GREATER CLEMENTS'"
Read more

Watch This Next (3)

93
Must See!
232 Reviews
Ends Oct 2022
NYC: Midtown W

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical that intertwines the plots of classic fairy tales.

87
Excellent
348 Reviews
Ends Oct 02
NYC: Midtown W

A new musical based on the young adult novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her daughter.

86
Excellent
121 Reviews
Ends Oct 2022
NYC: Midtown W

The West End play based on Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel comes to Broadway.