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Harry Townsend's Last Stand

From 270 member  reviews
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. 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 (270)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

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 Outdated!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!

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.

Also The several bars of theme music that open scene 1 of “Harry Townsend's... Read more Read less

60
Very nice set, very realistic, Relevant

See it if you want to see these two actors and the topic of children dealing with aging parents is of interest to you.

Don't see it if feels like a bad sitcom. Relevant issue but not done that well. Writing is very obvious.

Also Harry's constant talking to his son about his sex life with his wife (... Read more Read less

69
A little too cutesy in dealing with a relevant issue.

See it if You like Len Cariou and Craig Berko.

Don't see it if You want a profound play about senior issues.

50
Missing something big enough to drive a semi truck through, but what that was i have no fucking clue, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of Len Cariou.

Don't see it if the subject matter of a son having to come to terms with his father's Alzheimer's disease doesn't interest you.

Also I did not know what the play was about before I arrived at the theater... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Clumsily acted and badly written depressing story about a middle-aged son addressing the needs of his elderly father

Don't see it if nothing new introduced​ in this depressing topic with awkward silences, and actors forgetting and tripping over their lines.

66
Sitcomy, Fluffy, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see a show that feels more like a sitcom. Or you want to see Len Cariou on stage.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of two-handers.

56
Cliched, Fluffy, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like third-rate Neil Simon, laughing at elderly parents failing, pat endings, hearing elderly men talk about their sexual exploits

Don't see it if you want a serious consideration of parental aging and loss of faculties, cliches annoy you, you prefer thoughtful drama

Also the elderly audience laughed as if there were a soundtrack--it was lik... Read more Read less

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...

65
Dated, Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You like family two-handers about generational differences and issues. Topical but treated rather lightly

Don't see it if You are unsympathetic to father-son banter plays

69
Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if A Len Cariou performance is what you are after.

Don't see it if Trite dialogue aiming to be funny or sensitive does not appeal.

Also Seeing it after a friend really liked it, despite the warning of medio... Read more Read less

61
Confusing, Resonant, Relevant, Insipid

See it if Want to see 2 good actors, enjoy father son stories regarding aging ,memories, expectations and change. Have or are an aging parent

Don't see it if Want a nuanced story of aging and family. Don’t like small plays, want a straight drama or comedy or a new take on familiar story

60
Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You absolutely have to see Len Cariou on stage (who does deliver) or are into really light Neal Simonesque plays.

Don't see it if You're looking for something interesting & unique beyond just a nice performance by a theater legend.

69
Slow

See it if Good acting Plays out the horrors of growing old and having to relinquish independence

Don't see it if We know how this will/should end. A bit slow

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see two good Actors performing

Don't see it if If you want to see some predictable play about aging

66
Great acting, Cliched

See it if You like the actors and want a pleasant evening

Don't see it if You don’t want to see another story about adult children/parent relationships and aging. Not much new.

60
Weak book, bad direction, good set, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if like Len Cariou and want to see him act. Also, if you're interested in the challenges we all face when it comes to family and aging.

Don't see it if you're looking for something inspiring and original.

62
Great acting, Cliched, Banal

See it if the subject matter is a cliche but is interesting

Don't see it if subject is depressing

63
Fine acting and directing.

See it if You like a two-character realistic play performed by fine actors with great chemistry.

Don't see it if You can't stand to see yet another play about putting dad (or mom) into assisted living.

Also The play's not the thing here. How did this ever get produced? It's cl... Read more Read less

69
Relevant, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you want a fairly predictable story of an aging father & a son’s response, dotted with jokes.

Don't see it if you want an in-depth drama with “meaningful” dialogue.

69
Resonant, Dated, Great acting

See it if you're in the mood for a non-offensive, easy-going play like "On Golden Pond" that'll make you chuckle and think about your family.

Don't see it if you want something cutting edge or contemporary, or a true "gut buster."

Also I'll fully admit I went to this play solely so that I could see Len Ca... Read more Read less

62
Superficial, Disappointing, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you enjoy a "Hallmark Channel" type story of an aging father and his concerned son performed by two pros.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a superficial treatment of parent/child bonding in what should be an explosive situation, but isn't.

69
Insipid, "old folks" jokes, Cliched

See it if you wish to see another take on the age-old father/son situation.

Don't see it if you don't wish to hear a string of old-man-in-decline set-ups.

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


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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