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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
Avg Score

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
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.

During previews
72
Doesn't nail the "like", Plebeian & humdrum

See it if You love Len Cariou & Craig Bierko, & want to see a son dealing w an aging father. Some funny lines, good observations. Some good acting

Don't see it if You don’t need to know more about caring for aging parents or want to see an original show. (Not realistic. Very toned down.)

Also The show is rough, with more missed lines from an old pro than I thoug... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Touching, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You get discount tickets and want a night out following a family interaction between aging father and son.

Don't see it if You don't like small, talky plays about family relationships.

During previews
68
Banal, Slow, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if Like both stars, want to pay respect to Len Cariou; understand that people of certain age can't memorize their lines and need a prompter

Don't see it if Situation on stage is too paintfull as you have a family member with dementia. Feel sorry for actors who are in need of more rehearsal time

Also We all can be in such situation, lonely, partialy depending on kids, l... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if you are very interested by the challenges aging adults and their caretakers face filtered though a strained father son relationship story.

Don't see it if you mind a fairly predictable plot and extremely clichéd discussions. Mind some flubs by the actors and lots of discursions.

Also Play just didn't land despite the talent involved. the plot was too ba... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Entertaining, Bittersweet, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you like either actor, you have aging parents

Don't see it if you are impatient. Len Cariou forgot some lines and seemed to be having a bit of difficulty (outside the plot). A bit distracting.

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Cliched, Great writing, Resonant, Funny

See it if You like father-son comedy/drama and don’t mind some cliches or plays about the pitfalls of aging.

Don't see it if You find plays about old age depressing or don’t care for family dramas.

Also I saw an early preview, and there was a person in the audience cueing ... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you enjoy a mediocre play, with mediocre acting and mediocre directing!

Don't see it if you're expecting a riveting, original well directed and written play!

During previews
70
Real, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You are interested family relationships

Don't see it if if father - son relationships don’t interest you.

Also Predicable but entertaining and moving play

During previews
74
Good acting, Resonant

See it if You are a fan of Len Cariou and Craig Bierko. The story is about a son and his aging dad. It certainly rings true for a lot of families.

Don't see it if You are bothered by predictable shows or if father - son relationships don’t interest you.

During previews
65
Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you like plays about father and sons

Don't see it if you dont want to be entertained

During previews
84
Great acting, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if A highly pleasing 2-hander from a pair of fantastic actors No revelations in this father/son play, but well constructed, funny and affecting

Don't see it if If want cutting edge theatrical experimentation or deep drama

During previews
87
Painfully real, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You are interested real family relationships

Don't see it if You want a light hearted play. This one is thoughtful and lovely

During previews
95
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have an aging parent and you have a good sense of humor.

Don't see it if You don't have an appreciation for humor under duress.

Also Although the storyline was quite relatable for me, I must particularly... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Ok, but not good

See it if you like unreal shows about going to a home. Jokes that aren't funny and shouldn't be. like Good performances exp by Bierko

Don't see it if If you really want to understand family relationships, the difficulties of admitting aging. You don't want like shallow

During previews
96
Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Delightful

See it if if you like excellent theater

Don't see it if you are not excited about good plays

During previews
91
Romantic, Great writing, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to laugh and probably cry because you know someone delightful who struggles with old age.

Don't see it if You have a difficulty with a son and father at odds because the father insists he can continue to live alone, and the son knows he can’t.

Also Brilliant writing, set, and direction.


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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