Ends Feb 09 | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Harry Townsend's Last Stand

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Slow, Relevant

About the show

Tony winner Len Cariou and Tony nominee Craig Bierko star in this new father and son comedy. More…

From the show:

Sometimes it's harder to like someone than it is to love them. Meet Harry Townsend, an incurable romantic and irascible charmer whose sharp mind and dry wit is at the center of this new comedy. As his prodigal son Alan returns home, the visit raises the complexities of their relationship, placing father and son at odds. Harry Townsend’s Last Stand is a must see new play about the inescapable ups and downs of family to which we can all relate.


Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining, Slow, Relevant
73
Avg Score

80
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you would like to spend a weekend with a father and son dealing with independent living/health/safety in a delightful production in 4 scenes

Don't see it if you have difficulty watching parent-child differences brought to light, past and present, that now call for intervention.

74
Wistful tale of aging parent's fight for independence

See it if Charming, if pat, story of a father trying to convince his skeptical son that he can live alone. Convincingly old-fashioned set.

Don't see it if The great Len Cariou is engaging. Craig Bierko is a solid foil. Two real pros making the best of a predictable script.

85
Absorbing, Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if looking for a well done play about the issue of old age and person coming to grips with needing to move on in life.

Don't see it if looking for a musical or something more up beat.

Also The actors do a good job, adding humor to a tough subject. I enjoyed t... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see excellent & moving theatre about aging father & concerned son.

Don't see it if Aging and life action decisions are to close & make you feel uncomfortable.

67
Insipid, Indulgent

See it if You want a boring predictable two hander...,this is sitcom territory...

Don't see it if You don't like boring sitcom situations...

74
Safe, Sitcommy, Cliched, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You’re interested in a touching and funny exploration of the physical and mental deterioration that comes with getting older.

Don't see it if Including the subject matter, the playwright gives us nothing we haven’t seen before. Could have been trimmed to 1.5 hours.

Also Harry Townsend’s Last Stand effectively captures the pathos of aging a... Read more Read less

84
Moving, Real life, Sad, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want a slice of real life as your parents get older. Len Cairou made me tear up.

Don't see it if You are expecting a white washed look at aging.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Len caribou and Craig Bierko do great justice to a well written script by George Eastman A rewarding evening in the theater

Don't see it if You need a lot of splash and dash and don't like 2 person shows

96
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if You look at your aging parents or life partners or at your adult children and wonder where the time has gone and how can we get closer.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy sentiment or humor or family members working to get closer together to enjoy life.

77
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if YOu are aware of the issues with the elderly. Some provocative thoughts amid light hearted comedy. YOu want to see some great acting

Don't see it if YOu have no interest in these issues or don't like quiet plays

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're a baby boomer, a gen-X-er or a millennial human. This story will either mirror your present circumstance or a probable future one.

Don't see it if You don't like dialogue-heavy plays filled with banter about a father-son family relationship. You don't like plays about aging with dignity

Also There is something to like in this play for everyone. It's about being... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Slow, Quirky, Fluffy, Banal, Cliched

See it if Not a real good show. A tv sitcom type show with laughs that fall flat.

Don't see it if If you want a truly funny, touching play that goes deep into father and son relationship.

During previews
63
Fluffy, Well acted, Banal, Resonant, Slow

See it if Theatre icon Cariou & a competent Bierko try their able best but can't spin gold out of non-comedic straw Lazy direction doesn't help

Don't see it if Script has quality of a 'lifetime for women (men?)'special Tidal wave of one-liners/puns in Act 1 gives way to heavy sentimentality in Act 2

During previews
66
Routine, Decent acting, Amusing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of Len Cariou or Bierko, enjoy light comedies that deal with a serious contemporary issue, like non-challenging, safe works

Don't see it if you expect deep exploration of father/son issues or for deep secrets revealed, want dramatic confrontations and not too-easy solutions

Also You do sorta believe that Cariou and Bierko are father and son who hav... Read more Read less

During previews
44
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a super fan of the 2 actors. You find fart jokes and breast jokes hilarious. Slightly touching in 2nd act when looking at mementos.

Don't see it if Dad stopped mid sentence then blurted out last word numerous times. He needed lady in front row to give him his line. Very slow & drawn out

Also Very under rehearsed. Dad needs way more practice on his lines. They m... Read more Read less

During previews
67
A little funny, Simple, Slow, Cliched

See it if You really want to see these actors on stage. You are looking for a simple story with a little bit of comedy and a lot of heart.

Don't see it if There was nothing new or interesting about this production. It was fine, but not super noteworthy.

During previews
70
Nice set

See it if Want to see a realistic story about a son trying to convince his father that it’s time to go into an assisted living facility

Don't see it if You are bothered when one of the actors clearly has trouble remembering their lines

Also I was really worried going into this play because I had heard Cariou w... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Slow, Funny, Interesting

See it if If you are a fan of the actors. If you like stories about father-son relationships. If aging & its consequences interest you.

Don't see it if If aging parents is a sensitive subject for you. If you are not interested in adult familial relationships.

During previews
79
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a comedic play about a father and son relationship as the father reaches milestones in his life and how they deal with it.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy. You don't like shows about people getting older and the challenges they may face and how they are managed.

During previews
71
Not realistic, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want what may be your last chance to see Len Cariou live. A well written but unrealistic play with too much hope.

Don't see it if seeing an actor who still has great stage presence but it no longer capable of memorizing his lines is a problem for you. Unrealistic show.

Also Going in you would think that a 90 year old actor playing a character ... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You're old, or have a parent (or grandparent) who is old, or maybe someday you will be.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about people fighting.

During previews
68
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of the 2 wonderful actors,Cariou and Bierko. The play is a 2 hander about elderly dad and son. It plays like a tv sitcom.

Don't see it if There isn't anything that hasn't been done or seen before.

During previews
55
Disappointing, Overly long, Sitcom

See it if you like an average sitcom or just want to see Len Cariou

Don't see it if you're expecting a serious piece about coming to terms with dealing with aging.

During previews
70
Entertaining, Disappointing, Relevant, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like bittersweet aging father/son dramas with clever banter that often misses its mark by clumsy acting and lost lines

Don't see it if You want a polished production. The father seems sincerely challenged by the scope of the script and gets lost sadly often

During previews
50
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Funny

See it if you want to see a well-acted, relatable story about a middle aged man dealing with his aging father.

Don't see it if you want a play that explores new ground. This is a pretty by-the-books story that isn't particularly engaging or memorable.


December 4th, 2019
"Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’: George Eastman’s Off Broadway play is lifted by its direction and performances, but often feels like a cornball sitcom."
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December 6th, 2019
"Poignant Performances Hoist ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ Above the Level of TV Sitcoms"
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December 4th, 2019
"A Son and His Elderly Father Have 'The Talk' in Harry Townsend's Last Stand: Len Cariou and Craig Bierko star in George Eastman's new play."
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December 5th, 2019
"Len Cariou and Craig Bierko as Bantering Father and Son in George Eastman's 'HARRY TOWNSEND'S LAST STAND'"
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