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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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
See it if you like shows that are all flash, no depth.Set is unnecessarily complicated,resulting in VERY bad sight lines.Judith Ivey was wonderful
Don't see it if you are looking for something worth sitting through 3 hours of predictable theatre.Except for Ivey, acting was weak.That = bad direction.
See it if you like a masterclass in acting by Judith Ivey. Andrew Garman stands up to her perf. The show is long depressing but tells a sad true story
Don't see it if a long sad play with characters talking over themselves and a pole for the set design blocks the front middle of the stage is not for you
See it if A dying Idaho mining town & it's greatly troubled inhabitants are the focus of this well written, superbly acted 3 act play.
Don't see it if you want to walk out of the theater on a high note. This is not that play. It is, however, very moving & Ivey & Donovan are riveting.
See it if the great Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan give incredible performances in a 3 hour play that flew by for me.
Don't see it if you are looking for a light short play this is not for you.
See it if the decline of the American West, its stories and history, and the complicated lives of diverse people who struggle there are of interest.
Don't see it if you'll be annoyed by sometimes-impeded sightlines or some meaningless characters; dislike 2-intermission dramas; triggered by loud sounds.
See it if great acting in a well written drama. relevant to today's times. plays like this used to be on Broadway, why is this not?
Don't see it if want something fluffy. this is serious work.
See it if You want to see a drama about a dying mining town and how the relationships of the remaining citizens are affected by the events. Great cast
Don't see it if You would be bothered by depressing characters dealing with issues of mental illness and cancer.
See it if Are patient with a play that unfolds too slowly and quite unevenly. Are a Judith Ivey fan. Like American tales of small town life and woes.
Don't see it if You need the storytelling to clip along and for all the acting to be top notch.
See it if Maybe I just really like Sam Hunter, but this play really did it for me. Gripping, heartrending, naturalistic, and compelling...
Don't see it if ...without being obviously great. The plot, as it is, doesn't sound that great, and some of the actors are much stronger than others, but...
See it if You like Hunter’s heartbreaking stories of dying mid-west towns. Ivey & Donavan are superb, but all cast are very good.
Don't see it if A slow moving family tragedy is not for you.
See it if Just super clever in every way-- with its intensity and sensitivity, temporal playfulness, incredible acting, and unique plot.
Don't see it if Ther are definitely trigger issues for people, and although deep and thoughtful it is also tremendously sad and resonant.
See it if to see great acting, Ivey and Donovan especially. Sad, bleak story about troubled characters and loss of a town.
Don't see it if you want something light and uplifting. Interesting staging makes it often hard to see. Actors at times talk over each other, hard to hear.
See it if Two leads do great acting. The rest of the cast was very uneven, though characters were caricatures or underwritten. Interesting parts.
Don't see it if You want a great play. There is one here, buried in a lot of filler. The last few scenes were unnecessary, and pretty unbelievable.
See it if You'd like to cover as many issues and minorities as possible in one evening. (see other for a partial laundry list)
Don't see it if Awkward exposition,uninspired dialogue,predictable plots not what I expected from someone I previously thought of a sophisticated playwright
See it if Judith Ivey & Edmund Donovan highlight a touching play about regret, second chances and stark reality; Amazing set and writing by Hunter
Don't see it if Disappearing small towns in remote areas my not be appealing; hard luck reality is unrelenting despite plot surprises