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

73%
(174 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
22%
Negative
10%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, 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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Member Reviews (174)

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

78
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if 5 super actors. Much political rhetoric (digs on both side) Partner says interesting effective lighting.

Don't see it if 2 hours plus should have an intermission. No need for a lighting director. Does not match the best Wyoming production (Laramie Project). Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

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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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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October 7th, 2019

"Deep in Red America (But Not at the Diner) in 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning'"
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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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October 7th, 2019

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

"Trump-Hating Conservatives Debate Right Wing Strategies in Will Arbery's 'HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING.'"
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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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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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October 7th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Millennials Argue About Our Civil Wars': Younger conservatives drunkenly debate fundamental issues at Playwrights Horizons"
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October 7th, 2019

A Theasy Best Bet "It may well be hard to watch, which is precisely why you should see it… directed with surgical precision…the set provides an emptiness that could be boring but is instead full of mystery… Do we want to root for these people? Well, sometimes. And that's the crazy part."
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October 7th, 2019

"As Arberry reveals...each one of these people is struggling, internally and/or externally in some way and it's a testament to his sharp writing and the uniformly fine cast that we do feel empathy for their plights, even if we don't particularly like them as people."
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October 8th, 2019

"Will Arbery's world premiere at Playwrights Horizons is an ultra-conservative reverie about our present cultural moment stirs up a perfect storm of heroesof4thturning1debate on those hot-button issues tethered to religion, politics, and the family."
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October 9th, 2019

"It's a quick blast into a brutal beginning that shapes our perspective on these folks...we are given the difficult opportunity to join a few of them for a late night gathering to listen in as they discuss the religious war that is coming, and to try to understand the expanse of the grateful acre under their feet. It's jaw-dropping-ly difficult and ear crushingly obscure, but it works, leading us to the roots of a Christian republic and mindset that truly believes in the 'natural good'."
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October 25th, 2019

"Under Danya Taymor's intuitive and exacting direction, the accomplished cast delivers believable and authentic performances and embodies the characteristics of Yeats' rough beast with cathartic effect."
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October 7th, 2019

"allows us to eavesdrop on what feel like astute and authentic conversations…Terrifically acted and intellectually stimulating, 'Heroes' is also eerie, at times confusing, too long and too dark. I mean dark literally; it takes place during nighttime in a dimly lit backyard."
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October 11th, 2019

"‘Heroes…’ interested me, not because it’s a good play (which I question) but because—despite its intellectual diversions…—it presents enough real-world subject matter to compel at least temporary attention. It’s just too bad we have to wander in the weeds before getting to the good stuff."
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