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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

87
Moving, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to enjoy great acting in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are triggered by issues of aging.

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...

78
Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if touching play about the declining state of an aging, but independent widowed father and family dynamics then ensue with his son's visit.

Don't see it if Want splashy entertainment, prefer musicals or don't want to see a play that's very reality based.

73
Predictable, Experienced acting, Plain writing, Great staging, Cliched

See it if You admire Len Cariou; important msg of how we should take care of aging parent; realistic scenic design; intimate black box space;

Don't see it if 2hr with 15min break; No nuance in writing, feels slow & daily; no father-son chemistry between 2 actors; “son’s” laughter feels rehearsed

Also Not sure whether it’s the father character or the actor who’s falling ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like shows that deals with family dynamics, lots of emotional dialogue, caring for an aging father becomes a burden for the kids

Don't see it if You do not like long plays, small cast (two people only), lengthy dialogues, shows gives you emotional rollercoaster

83
A two-hander still finding its chemistry, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Funny

See it if This show's bonus, if U R a fan of TV's "Blue Bloods," is actor Len Cariou starring in both, so co-stars are apt to show up in the audience.

Don't see it if 83-yr old "Harry" is fighting alzheimers & maybe LC (age 81) is a lil too. Lots of yelling & awkwardly recalling his sexual episodes w/ wife

76
Quirky, Great acting, Funny

See it if Len Cariou and Craig Bierko are both excellent as dad and son in this drama about life and change and aging.

Don't see it if family dramas are not your thing.

80
Slow first act, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You enjoy plays that deal with serious aging/family issues with some humor.

Don't see it if You expect a play that realistically portrays the difficulty of addressing these issues.

82
Relevant, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the 2 actors involved, showing an issue that is becoming so prevalent in these times.

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals, comedies or are not interested in issues of today.

77
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a well-made two character play with fine acting

Don't see it if you had your fill of "does the old folk go into the institution plays"

78
A somber subject punctuated with humor, Entertaining, Great acting, Moving

See it if you never tire of shows centered around old age, losing independence, vulnerability, and the challenges it presents to everyone involved.

Don't see it if you consider a show about senility an old topic. Pun intended.

Also A sad topic balanced out with humor. An enjoyable show, in spite of th... Read more Read less

80
Sentimental, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if U enjoy great acting in a father son play that works thru their relationship and what to do with the father who is unable to live alone.

Don't see it if U don’t like these 2 fine actors, are uncomfortable with the subject matter or prefer musicals.

74
Safe, Sitcommy, Cliched, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You’re interested in a touching and funny exploration of the physical and mental deterioration that comes with getting older.

Don't see it if Including the subject matter, the playwright gives us nothing we haven’t seen before. Could have been trimmed to 1.5 hours.

Also Harry Townsend’s Last Stand effectively captures the pathos of aging a... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if son trying to convince his father why he should move to a senior living place. fun yet sad. great actors

Don't see it if this topic doesn't interest you

77
Quirky, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if Average comedy like a sitcom regarding a son's visit to his aging father. A few laughs on occasion in addition to some decent acting

Don't see it if If you don't like either of the actors or a family member dealing with old age

70
Great acting, Cliched, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're a fan of the actors and want to see a play about family dynamics around an aging parent.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light and fluffy comedy.

88
Funny, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are into family relationships, especially children and their elder parents. Very touching, poignant and great acting.

Don't see it if You are not into family dramas concerning elderly parents.

Also Len Cariou and Craig Bierko are excellent together.

95
Moving, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a powerful & moving play about a father who wants to stay home in his house and a concerned son who wants him in assisted living.

Don't see it if this story is too close to home for you to handle. You would miss 2 amazing actors, though, giving incredible performances!

Also We loved everything about this play which seemed very realistic and mo... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to enjoy a dark comedy about one of today's major social issues, "aging".

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays where the scene does not change.

85
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want a humorous play that tackles the aging process and decisions families must make.

Don't see it if you want a play with an ensemble cast; it's only Len Cariou and Craig Bierko.

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

75
Sweet, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like intimate, small casts exploring everyday troubles, like whether or not it's time for Harry to move out of his home.

Don't see it if You want something explosive, or a spectacle. This is a quiet affecting play.

85
Profound, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if A touching story about an elderly man dealing with the effects of aging. Focuses on his strained relationship with his son.

Don't see it if You want an innovative play. The story has been told before. This is a slice of life work, without much of a plot. Could be shortened.

Also I was touched by Harry Townsend’s Last Stand, largely due to the perfo... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Great acting, Great staging

See it if A rather predictable play that deals with a tough subject; a bit long with some corny humor, but it is touching and relevant. Fine acting.

Don't see it if You have no heart and dislike sentimentality.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Two person drama with strong actors. Ok with family stress dealing with aging parents and conflicting options

Don't see it if Only enjoys fluff. Rather not see plays about family aging issues


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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