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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

72
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you like the actors and don't mind father-son stories dealing with aging and what happens at the end of life with no resolution possible.

Don't see it if aging and the changes it inevitably brings to a family might be triggering.

95
Heartwarming, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like intimate family stories addressing a realistic situation portrayed as though the actors were actually related

Don't see it if You might be triggered by some of the sadder parts of aging, are emotional about an elderly relative or a parent-adult child relationship

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Len caribou and Craig Bierko do great justice to a well written script by George Eastman A rewarding evening in the theater

Don't see it if You need a lot of splash and dash and don't like 2 person shows

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you Appreciate great acting

Don't see it if You like shows with a large cast. If you are disturbed about aging

78
Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing

See it if This show consisted of 2 well versed television and theater actors who displayed an impeccable bond between father and son.

Don't see it if If you don’t prefer a close intimate stage setting you may not like this show.

60
Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You absolutely have to see Len Cariou on stage (who does deliver) or are into really light Neal Simonesque plays.

Don't see it if You're looking for something interesting & unique beyond just a nice performance by a theater legend.

85
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if Wonderful story that hit home, beautifully performed, great set, funny and sad. That's life.

Don't see it if Deals with aging, two character driven, hard questions that we may all face, small theater. See it anyways for young and boomer.

78
Absorbing, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if light comedy about a very serious topic, the jokes made it more accepting of the subject. To me it sounded very authentic

Don't see it if Acting could be more polished, Know the subject before you go, if it is not your cup of tea

87
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if it tackles the question of how to take care of elderly parents

Don't see it if If you dont want to think

87
Profound, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see great acting, a good story, and heartfelt moments; great set too

Don't see it if you want splashy play with more than 2 characters in it

85
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a show with great performance. The story goes straight to the heart as a good drama should.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluffy entertainment or a musical

69
Slow

See it if Good acting Plays out the horrors of growing old and having to relinquish independence

Don't see it if We know how this will/should end. A bit slow

79
Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like off-broadway two character comedy dramas. Deals with elderly parent and child. Solid acting.

Don't see it if want a musical, expect the best writing. was generic sitcom writing at times, but that was expected.

80
Relevant, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see two wonderful actors in an intimate theater.

Don't see it if you find plays about elderly people, and the few options available to them.

80
Good staging, Good acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you enjoy watching a decent play with good acting.

Don't see it if you are tired watching plays about "what do we do about an aging parent who can no longer live by himself, but."

69
Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Great acting

See it if you want to see two good Actors performing

Don't see it if If you want to see some predictable play about aging

85
Heart breaking, Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you love a good dramady with a lot of heart but at the same time also tells a lot of painful truths about getting old and letting go.

Don't see it if you don’t want to hear about aging, father and son relationships, parents having sex, difficult truths about caregiving.

90
Well-written, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you would enjoy 2 terrific actors in a funny, heart-warming play about getting older and elderly parent-middle-aged child relationships

Don't see it if you are offended by an 84-year old character talking about sex; or if you have a tortured parent-child relationship which you can't overcome

80
Slow burn, clever dialogue, unpleasant subject

See it if you enjoy great acting and facing a real life emotional dilemma about our aging parents and making sacrifices and the balance of power.

Don't see it if you are currently in a depressed state or you are an aging parent being threatened with incarceration by busy middle aged children.

Also Len Cariou is tremendous and although the play is full of both comedy ... Read more Read less

80
Formulaic writing, Terrific acting, Endearing, Poignant, Sweet

See it if a father-son two hander w/uneven writing but terrific acting by Len Cariou as the crotchety independent father & Craig Bierko as the caring

Don't see it if a sitcom type play, though funny and touching, w/terrific acting by Len Cariou as the father & Craig Bietko as his son isn't enough for you.

Also son who spar & come to appreciate each other & come to a resolution by... Read more Read less

74
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're middle aged and need company and a lighter touch in addressing those issues you're probably dealing with in your family.

Don't see it if you are looking for distractions from the universal themes of growing old and dying.. If it doesn't speak to you now, give it time.

77
Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of the two stars who give masterful performances or you appreciate slice of life productions.

Don't see it if You don’t want 2 hours of conversation about confronting the end of life or some occasionally banal or corny father-son interaction.

90
Touching, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy stories about how to handle an elderly parent who refuses to accept his limitations. Very funny but with serious undertones.

Don't see it if you're not interested in issues of aging and how to handle caring for an elderly parent.

79
Resonant, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see superb actors up close and personal in an intimate setting

Don't see it if you like big and splashy.

77
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if YOu are aware of the issues with the elderly. Some provocative thoughts amid light hearted comedy. YOu want to see some great acting

Don't see it if YOu have no interest in these issues or don't like quiet plays


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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