Greater Clements
Closed 2h 50m
Greater Clements

Greater Clements NYC Reviews and Tickets

(200 Reviews)
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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.

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Member Reviews (200)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 10th, 2019

"'Greater Clements,' a Small-Town Drama Where the Town’s Disappearing"
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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."
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December 9th, 2019

"Samuel D. Hunter’s new play, now at Lincoln Center with stage legend Judith Ivey, dives deep – literally."
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The Washington Post
December 9th, 2019

"‘Greater Clements’ is the best new play of the year"
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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."
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December 10th, 2019

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