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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

79
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If the struggle for independence by an aging loved one, desire for protection and peace by children, and family tension is for you

Don't see it if If family dramas, the challenge of aging, the fragility of parent/child relations, and the illusion of memories are of no interest

82
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like MTC and their productions. They always presents compelling and interesting plays and Harry Townsend is no exception.

Don't see it if dealing with an aging parent and the time to move on from his home after his wife has died some years ago. Only two characters in the play.

Also Tony Award winner Len Cariou is compelling and dynamic in the role of ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great writing, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Story of father/son relationship growing while aging & facing assisted living decisions are timely. Cariou is believable and terrific.

Don't see it if If subject matter is “too close”to home. Or two-handers are not enjoyable.

85
Relevant, Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a well-acted two-hander that has drama and humor and addresses family issues such as dementia and aging parents.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical or a large cast, or are easily offended by profanity.

Also Len Cariou was amazing and riveting to watch. Also the dialogue was cl... Read more Read less

77
Fluffy, Entertaining, Slow, Resonant, Funny

See it if you enjoy a father son story about what happens later in life by 2 actors with good intentions.

Don't see it if you don't like old age stories.

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

71
Somewhat disappointing, Fine acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a gem of an actor - Len Cariou. Dealing with adult child and aging parent relationship. Some moving moments, but mostly too pat.

Don't see it if don't like a 'light', albeit some funny and moving version of the difficult subject of how best to handle single aging parent situation.

80
Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy wonderful acting in a play that touches on a serious and sad family issue performed with humor and understanding.

Don't see it if You do not like two person dialogue plays.

Also Both actors were excellent. Very nice to see Sweeney Todd years later ... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if heart felt cloaked with humor about aging father's relationship with his son. Relevant issues about aging and living alone.

Don't see it if If you do not like a lot of talking.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like dramatic comedies - this will make you laugh and feel all the emotions. Very well written and great acting.

Don't see it if You have someone in your life suffering from dementia or getting older and it's a tough subject for you.

95
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if U want to laugh & explore the issue of parents aging & how children/parents handle it. Great acting, funny & thought provoking.

Don't see it if Don't want to deal with the matter of aging parents.

78
Refreshing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You want to see two veteran actors shine in a touching father-son play. This is a traditionally constructed play.

Don't see it if You are looking for edgy, outrageous social commentary.

91
Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see two amazing actors - it is just the two of them for the whole show and they're both so talented.

Don't see it if You do not want to get emotional or deal with realistic issues. You want a slapstick comedy or musical. You want a big ensemble show.

95
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a thought-provoking play with humor which realistically portrays father-son interactions related to an aging parent living alone.

Don't see it if the situations portrayed in this play could trigger emotional reactions related to circumstances in one's own life.

Also I went to this show with a friend and we both found it absorbing and r... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy comedy drama about father-son relationship and dealing it’s an aging parent. Impressive acting by LenCariou

Don't see it if Had a bit of a sitcom feel with humorous one liners and predictable plot. But overall touching and worthwhile 2 hours

84
Moving, Real life, Sad, Great writing, Funny

See it if You want a slice of real life as your parents get older. Len Cairou made me tear up.

Don't see it if You are expecting a white washed look at aging.

70
Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if u enjoy good performances that almost salvage a sitcom, predictable two-hander. Few laughs, but serious subj merits more depth.

Don't see it if a light, long, obvious, and generally comedic treatment of the serious subject of moving a parent to a senior living center bothers you.

75
Relevant, Resonant

See it if You ever had an aging parent and you had to make hard decisions.

Don't see it if It’s light musical fare you are after.

79
Resonant, Funny, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you like well-written very intimate family dramas that have a lot of humor written into the dialog and situations.

Don't see it if you expect something totally profound and innovative. I liked this quite a lot, but it's not ground-breaking.

Also You should absolutely go see this if you're a fan of either of the sta... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see 2 iconic actors

Don't see it if you can't laugh at dementia

Also I went to see Len Cariou and Craig Bierko, so I wasn't disappointed. I... Read more Read less

96
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Heartwarming, Touching

See it if You look at your aging parents or life partners or at your adult children and wonder where the time has gone and how can we get closer.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy sentiment or humor or family members working to get closer together to enjoy life.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're a baby boomer, a gen-X-er or a millennial human. This story will either mirror your present circumstance or a probable future one.

Don't see it if You don't like dialogue-heavy plays filled with banter about a father-son family relationship. You don't like plays about aging with dignity

Also There is something to like in this play for everyone. It's about being... 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

70
Thought-provoking, Repetitive, Slow, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if Good acting by Len Cariou and Craig Bierko.

Don't see it if Play could trigger emotions if dealing with parent/adult child relationships and aging.. I found the writing dull, repetitive and not as

Also riveting or engaging as i expected it to be considering the subject ma... Read more Read less

75
Overrated, Slow, Great acting, Cliched, Banal

See it if You are interested in excellent acting.

Don't see it if You want a well written original play that doesn’t rely often on crude superfluous jokes.


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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