Heroes of the Fourth Turning
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Heroes of the Fourth Turning
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Heroes of the Fourth Turning NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(178 Ratings)
Positive
69%
Mixed
21%
Negative
10%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

About the Show

Will Arbery's ("Plano") new drama offers an exploration of a country at war with itself, through its story of four young conservatives who have gathered at an after-party in rural Wyoming.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (178)

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123 Reviews | 26 Followers
98
Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a perfectly cast ensemble tackling a densely-packed philosophical script which captures peoples’ contradictions.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a debate-filled philosophical production with views not typical of left-leaning urban audiences.

156 Reviews | 31 Followers
98
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if because it's a Masterpiece

Don't see it if If you have a hard time listening to far right dialog Read more

277 Reviews | 38 Followers
93
Must see, Intense, Excruciating, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if A searing, vital, important play about ideological divides, even on the same "side." Genius character sketches and relentless dialogue.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about ideas, conversation, and character (however unsympathetic). There may be less plot than traditionalists desire. Read more

99 Reviews | 44 Followers
91
An intense examination of politics and religion from an angle not often explored theatrically.

See it if you enjoy sharply written debate, new points of view, and superb performances.

Don't see it if you like your politics and religion in theatre to come from more of a place of satire. Read more

115 Reviews | 26 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if ... you want to gain insights into the conservative mindset. Revelatory play speaks from a perspective rarely (if ever) seen on the NY stage

Don't see it if ...you have a low tolerance for exploring the Christian Right's point of view - some of it is tough to take. Read more

207 Reviews | 34 Followers
90
Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in politics at all...if you want to use your brain...if you want to be challenged...if you want to see something brave

Don't see it if you're especially close minded or can't even consider conservative POVs...though I'd argue that's exactly who should be seeing this...

148 Reviews | 13 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Run to see complicated “red state unicorn”, complex debate, surreal staging, unusually smart play

Don't see it if Afraid of long and hard “thinking” play

MJK
677 Reviews | 193 Followers
90
Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a brilliant, impassioned, uncritical, taut political drama set in the backyard of rural, conservative, evangelical America.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 2 hours without an intermission; you have an allergy to herbal cigarettes; you prefer to live in a political bubble. Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
October 7th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "In ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning,’ a Red-State Unicorn: An astonishing new play by Will Arbery risks a rare stage subject: Christian conservatism."
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Time Out New York
October 8th, 2019

5 Stars "Danya Taymor presides over a perfect production that left me with my heart in my mouth and my pen scrambling across the page. (This is the kind of play you know you'll need to read again someday.)"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 7th, 2019

"Deep in Red America (But Not at the Diner) in 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning'"
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New Yorker
October 20th, 2019

"A Play About the Nuances of Conservatism in the Trump Era A group of friends grapple with ideologies in Will Arbery’s 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning,' at Playwrights Horizons."
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Theatermania
October 7th, 2019

"'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' and the Conservative Millennials Preparing for War"
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BroadwayWorld
October 10th, 2019

"Trump-Hating Conservatives Debate Right Wing Strategies in Will Arbery's 'HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 8th, 2019

"That the playwright makes this garrulous, opinionated crew so engaging -- and their concerns so relevant -- is a mark of his considerable imagination and empathy. This new offering at Playwrights Horizons has its awkward moments, but it brings us into fresh and unfamiliar dramatic territory."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 7th, 2019

"A step toward increasing the dialogue — oh, so that's what that side thinks, and why they think it. Thank you, Mr. Arbery. And playwrights of the right, if you're out there, let this be an incentive: With characters and arguments this compelling, you may actually get produced."
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