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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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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 Outdated!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!

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
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

811 Reviews | 221 Followers
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.

746 Reviews | 124 Followers
85
Great staging, Touching, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you enjoy a well acted, amusing approach to the serious subject of life choices for the elderly, A delicately balanced father son pingpong .

Don't see it if aging & family dissolution are likely to distress you. There are a lot of aspects to these issues many of which are addressed in the script

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
79
Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Predictable, Funny

See it if you're a fan of either actor; u want to see a poignant & often funny 2-hander about aging & the complexity of the father-son relationship.

Don't see it if you expect to see anything new or original that hasn't already been dramatized and/or joked about re: aging & caring for an elderly parent. Read more

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
62
Funny jokes about old folks, Creditable performances, Unnecessary, Sit-com onstage

See it if you’d like to see an onstage sit-com about an octogenarian in physical & mental decline.

Don't see it if you don’t think that a string of thematically related jokes equals a play. Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
90
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Both actors superb. A tale that has to be faced by all. Wish that were it so that the problem can be resolved by all.

Don't see it if I can see how a younger audience might not want to face the problem. At our viewing, the audience responded positvely.

657 Reviews | 101 Followers
81
Very moving, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a very moving and touching drama about a parent whose life is changing and both the parent and son's reactions. Great acting

Don't see it if you don't like discussions of illness or want a comedy. 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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