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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

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

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

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.

70
Slow, Cliched, Indulgent, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if a fan of Cariou (bio says he's a legend) or Bierko. Both give charming performances in this intimate but schmaltzy piece w/ a sitcom vibe.

Don't see it if subjects of aging parents, overburdened children-as-caregivers & their shared obliviousness too personal, particular in an intimate staging.

75
Uneven, Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see Len Cariou (He's great) or are interested in an intense family drama about coming to terms with the limitations of old age.

Don't see it if a parent losing their ability to take care of themself is a triggering subject. The first act is very stereotypical and unnecessarily long.

70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a small show about self, aging, family dynamics, and the loss of one’s ability to care for themselves. It’s a nice small play.

Don't see it if You don’t care about the above, don’t know the actors, or want a lot of activity and cast. It’s a small, enjoyable, two-person show.

Also In reality, the reason to go is to see the legend Len Cariou front and... Read more Read less

95
Engaging, Resonant, Relevant, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have or are an aging parent thinking about the need for downsizing and moving into a retirement community

Don't see it if you'll be upset by a father-son play involving an estranged relationship even if it has a positive resolution

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.

85
Absorbing, Cliched, Slow, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if looking for a well done play about the issue of old age and person coming to grips with needing to move on in life.

Don't see it if looking for a musical or something more up beat.

Also The actors do a good job, adding humor to a tough subject. I enjoyed t... Read more Read less

80
Mildly entertaining, Cliched, Banal

See it if you love Len Cariou. It is great to see him up close. What a treasure he is. Bierko is good considering the fairly weak script. Nice set.

Don't see it if you require a strong script. This is quite a cliche, although act 2 is better than one. Cariou seems to be playing 94, not 84 but is good.

95
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a timely play about going to an assisted living facility.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about aging.

Also The actors got a standing ovation. I laughed and cried during the perf... Read more Read less

93
Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see a play with great acting that is funny and very moving about difficulties in aging.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to both laugh and be moved to tears.

80
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a masterful performance. Watch acting at its finest. An intimate setting bring you close to the action.

Don't see it if you are not interested in watching the final stages of independent living of a loved parent.

82
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the 2 actors. Enjoy serious topic w/ humor. Are interested in the interaction of son and failing elderly father

Don't see it if you're expecting a show that delves deeply into the problem of having to move an unwilling elderly parent into an assisted living facility

Also Performances by the 2 seasoned actors was fine, but script was a bit w... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if you enjoy plays about family relationships with humor without being sappy

Don't see it if you don't like alot of dialogue.

86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if See two great actors tell a relatable story about an aging father and concerned son with no holds barred.

Don't see it if A story about an aging person losing their independence and a father/son sometimes contentious relationship.

80
A story seen many times before, Entertaining, Cliched, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see two great actors do a great job with their roles. It is about a son struggling to deal with his aging father.

Don't see it if You want to see a new play with new ideas to express.

79
Sad, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well acted play with only 2 actors about aging parents and the difficult decisions that need to be made for them.

Don't see it if You don’t like depressing subject matter for plays, you want a lot of action.

70
Fluffy, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Relevant, Cliched

See it if It’s a superficial look at a difficult problem of aging, family, responsibility and practicality. These are good actors with a lot of banter

Don't see it if It may hit close to home without enough depth to address the few insights. Lacks development of son’s character. Raunchy stories deflect.

83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want an honest sympathetic look at loss and the inevitability of change. Len Cariou is quite wonderful. No Sweeney Todd here

Don't see it if you want action, glitz and heavy drama. This is a domestic tragi-comedy that works because of its small scale ambition.Some fluffy dialogue

75
Good acting, Sentimental, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you want to take a look into a father-son relationship dealing with elderly care issues. Lines were well written and comebacks were funny.

Don't see it if you don’t like stories dealing with elderly parental care or two hander plays.

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


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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