Harry Townsend's Last Stand
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Harry Townsend's Last Stand
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Harry Townsend's Last Stand NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(270 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
13%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

About the Show

Tony winner Len Cariou and David Lansbury star in this new father and son comedy.

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Member Reviews (270)

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55
Indulgent, Long, Slow, Sitcom quality, Disappointing

See it if you love jokes abt farts, sex, drinking... No new insights. Why was this produced? 2 clueless white men (my GF's got me doing yoga hahaha)

Don't see it if you expect theater to entertain and/or enlighten. HTLS does neither. Way too long. Misogynistic; women = sex objects. Outdated! Off-putting!

79
Sentimental, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want to see a sweet story that is rather predictable and sentimental but still captures the heart and doesn’t shy away from the issues.

Don't see it if The prospects of dealing with an aging parent might be too difficult a topic to sit through and find entertaining. Read more

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
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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The Observer
December 6th, 2019

"Poignant Performances Hoist ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ Above the Level of TV Sitcoms"
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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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Lighting & Sound America
December 5th, 2019

"This is little more than a lengthy squabble, filled with pre-cable sitcom jokes about the indignities of old age. Your reviewer, who cannot be said to be in the first flush of youth, was not amused."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 4th, 2019

"'Harry Townsend's Last Stand'...is a genre piece...If that sounds like a disparagement, it's a faint one—as a genre piece, 'Harry Townsend's Last Stand' is well-produced, humorous, and occasionally moving. Still, Eastman's trudging down a well-traveled path."
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New York Stage Review
December 4th, 2019

2/5 Stars "Wheezy Geriatric Comedy, with Fart Jokes: Len Cariou charms his way through George Eastman's creaky play"
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CurtainUp
December 24th, 2019

"Nothing in Eastman's play, directed by Karen Carpenter, comes close to the meticulousness of the stage itself."
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Front Row Center
January 31st, 2020

Score: 87% "Even age cannot tame the lion that is Len Cariou in this play about a father and son navigating the treacherous waters of their less than sunny relationship. It's time for father to give way to his son's authority, by opening a space for him in his life and his heart."
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T
December 26th, 2019

"It is always a pleasure to attend a performance of a play that stars two Broadway veterans and even better when it is a two hander because you are assured ample stage presence for both talented actors. Such is the case in 'Harry Townsend's Last Stand.'"
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Broadway Blog
December 9th, 2019

"This sitcom-like, predictable two-hander, about a crusty, aging father and his exasperatedly devoted son, sticks rigorously to a naturalistic template, avoiding such furbelows of contemporary playwriting as magic realism, dreams, and literary ambiguities."
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Off Off Online
December 13th, 2019

"Cariou has at least some audience members in tears by the time Harry walks out that lake house door for the last time. If only the playwright, George Eastman, had more gracefully shaped the crisis that brings him to that point. Instead, he loaded the first act with too much exposition."
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