Closed 2h 50m
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
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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.

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Member Reviews (200)

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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

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

Critic Reviews (20)

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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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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December 10th, 2019

"'Greater Clements,' a Small-Town Drama Where the Town’s Disappearing"
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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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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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December 17th, 2019

"At its best, 'Greater Clements' offers unforgettable characters, some stunning writing, and a dismayingly accurate view of a way of life that is breaking down fast -- but, even if the names were different, this is a town we've visited before."
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December 9th, 2019

"A deep dive into the memories, dreams, and nightmares that are eating away at its central character gives 'Greater Clements' the quality of a psychological thriller."
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December 9th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "A significant though flawed, perceptive and touching new drama."
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December 9th, 2019

4/5 Stars. "Samuel D. Hunter crafts an excellent, quietly devastating new play, with remarkable performances from Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan."
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December 9th, 2019

"SECOND CHANCES: This thoughtful but downbeat drama struggles to get traction."
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December 17th, 2019

"'Greater Clements,' his longest play to reach New York, seems to be a new departure. Unfortunately, in this version the play seems rather diffuse and meandering, while the strong character relationships suggest that more can be done with the material."
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December 29th, 2020

"'Greater Clements' greatest value lies in its offer of a...study of rural America. What stands out, however, are magnificent performances turned in by Judith Ivey as the complicated, conflicted mother who appears to feel unworthy of happiness. And Edmund Donovan's turn as her earnest, yet mentally unstable son, Joe, is even more emotive and easily one of the best performances of the year."
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December 12th, 2019

Score: 60%. "'Greater Clements' has now joined the three hour club, and for no good reason other than to add new meaning to 'exposition.'"
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January 1st, 2020

""Greater Clements" is a testament to what happens when societal structures and safeguards disintegrate, when mental illness challenges societal and familial norms, and what happens when the ability to cope erodes without a safety net in place."
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December 14th, 2019

"[there are] deeper veins the playwright is trying to mine beneath the surface…even the family name enforces their sense of isolation, and of doom - Bunker. The play is rich with such symbolism…so much here works for me, above all, the terrific, nuanced performances."
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December 24th, 2019

"Directed by regular Hunter collaborator Davis McCallum, and featuring distinguished performances by…Judith Ivey…and Edmund Donovan…the three-act, three-hour play is too long for its small-scale subject matter. There’s also an excess of contrivances and scenic difficulties."
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December 9th, 2019

"In Ivey's flawless turn, we realize why the down-to-earth yet spirited Maggie is one of the most beloved residents of Clements, a tiny, depressed "town" in Idaho which has, in fact, decided to 'unincorporate'..."
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