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Harry Townsend's Last Stand

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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

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.

Also Tough subject matter. Lots of funny lines. Worth seeing.

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.

Also The two wonderful performances, especially by the legendary Len Cariou... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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

80
Secured, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Aged-care/end-of-life hard questions for father and son and some well-placed barbs sprinkled about for extra safe keeping.Magnificent Cariou

Don't see it if Secured, odd coupled odd coupling of characterisations and acting styles. Few surprises, save the dialogue. One actor labours to keep up.

Also "I smell your mother alive in this house/You stumble once; out comes t... Read more Read less

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.

Also A must see for Len Cariou who gives a masterful performance. The chemi... Read more Read less

77
Touching, Slice of life, Predictable, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like the cast; good acting, chemistry and interplay between father and son; some funny, tender and sad moments.

Don't see it if don't like shtick; aging is a touchy subject for you; can be a little slow; more sitcom than play

Also For a person of any age, let alone in his 80s, Cariou's ability to rem... Read more Read less

86
Sad, Heartwrenching, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You love seeing a brilliantly performed 2 hander ! You enjoy realistic plays about family relationships.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a very serious intense play about a parent/child relationship where the child tries to become the parent.

80
Slow, Poignant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Wonderful story about a father and son facing their differences about how the father should spend his last years. Len Cariou & Craig Bierko

Don't see it if You are feeling guilty about a decision made for an elderly parent who cannot live alone anymore. Slow moving and very conversational.

80
Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you need a night of cheerful comedy, at times too predictable, but totally enjoyable; funny and amusing, yet a serious subject.

Don't see it if you want a serious drama or a musical.

90
Relevant, Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if U want a wonderful theatre experience. Intimate theatre brings u up close and the acting is superb! Tough subject treated w/heart.

Don't see it if You need a chorus line and glitter.

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.

77
Cute, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a theater legend, Len Cariou in action. Great acting and relevant topic.

Don't see it if you expect great depth. While the show has a sitcom feel, the banter is realistic. Aging parents aren't into heavy dialogue with their kids

79
Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want up see two wonderful actors. Cariou fabulous. Story of old age and when to go to retirement home has humor, pathos, anger, heart.

Don't see it if You are tired of jokes about aging. Typical and predictable. But the acting is so good, definitely worthwhile.

Also Great set.

80
Touching, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like a touching, humorous play about an aging man and his son, the complexities of their relationship and the inevitable future.

Don't see it if you are too young to understand the delicate balance of dealing with aging parents.

94
Resonant, In-dept characterizations, Touching, Perceptive, Incredible acting

See it if you like perceptive handling of issues of aging, a father-son relationship, wonderful acting, clever, funny, touching & insightful script.

Don't see it if you dislike realistic explorations of relationship conflicts & issues but favor light hearted entertainment & pure comedy.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Tender, Funny

See it if you'd enjoy a father and son comedy that will touch your heart. Very sweet.

Don't see it if you want a realistic story. This is a sweet, sappy, rose-colored-glasses story. Dips into cliched lines, especially in Scene 3.

98
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a heartwarming realistic comedio-drama about relationships between an aging parent and his adult children with a fresh perspective

Don't see it if you tire of plays about stereotypical experience of aging and residential transition to accommodate lifestyle choices of adult children

Also Although the climax and ending are predictable and one portion of one ... 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.

78
Absorbing, Relevant, Great set

See it if you want to see Len Cariou give a realistic performance, playing a very interesting character. Some lovely moments.

Don't see it if you don't like discussions about aging, failing health, and difficult father-son moments.

90
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like plays that really make you think about life and how we spend our time with our loved ones and how fleeting our time really is.

Don't see it if You want to see a light, fluffy play.

76
It's our future, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You are young and see the elderly as superfluous. Middle age worry about the future and fate of your parents. One of the elderly, worrying.

Don't see it if You avoid serious issues about life and aging. You want an entertaining, glitzy show. You want a tightly written, unpredictable, script.

86
Funny, Resonant, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a funny well-acted 2-hander about a poignant father-son relationship. Great script & great chemistry between Cariou & Bierko

Don't see it if Don't want to see a show about aging parents, although this one is really well done.

Also I was concerned when I saw reviews from early previews that talked abo... Read more Read less

85
Poignant, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if u'll enjoy a "slice of life" play w/2 strong performances.Len Cariou is a Broadway treasure & he's still a marvelous actor. Bierko was good,

Don't see it if U dislike "slice of life" plays; think old people shouldn't tell adult kids anything about their sex lives. You can't laugh at getting old

Also Some of the earlier reviews said Len Cariou couldn't remember his line... Read more Read less


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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