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

73%
(175 Reviews)
Positive
69%
Mixed
21%
Negative
10%
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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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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

69
Interesting concepts, Dim lighting, Loud, Indulgent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays where diatribe dominates the dialog. The range of points of view is interesting and well presented by excellent performers.

Don't see it if you are not tolerant of fast dialog without much information. The where & why are slow coming & some info never shows. Lots of loud noise

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

82
Surprising, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if curious about young conservative, devout Catholics & how they maneuver in the world, enjoy political discussion and funny, serious behavior

Don't see it if don't want to spend time with young conservatives, have a hard time with unpleasant characters, uncomfortable with religious discussions Read more

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Gathering of 4 young conservative graduates of fundamentalist christian college in rural wyoming is occasion for fierce debate about fate of severely divided country post-trump

See it if shows religious conservatives as deep/thoughtful; clearly explains their anti-LGBT/abortion stance; key insight: sex looms behind doctrine

Don't see it if every character is hyperbolic particularly the Christian warrior/Ann Coulter stand-in & the confused wreck; lacks satiric edge Read more

48
Too long (2 hours no intermission), Badly lit (too dark!), Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if John Zdrojeski gave a great performance. Whenever he was speaking it was interesting. Acting was good in general but plot/conversation NOT

Don't see it if WAY TOO LONG. 2 hours NO intermission so you are STUCK. I felt like I had lost all track of time and that it was never going to end. Read more

80
Timely, Half slow/half absorbing, Great writing, Great acting and direction, Divisive

See it if interested in listening to a foreign set of ideas that might be contradictory to yours; good acting by all; love Michelle Pawk; topical.

Don't see it if 1st hour is very slow in building to the meat of the second hour; you need action, this is all talk; old fundamental values offend you. Read more

10
Plotless, No character development, Overlong, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if you like a play about Christian Conservatives with a lot of talk that goes absolutely nowhere.

Don't see it if you like character development and plots in your plays. You will be sitting for 2 intermissionless hours—2 hours that you'll never get back. 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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New York Stage Review
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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Theatre is Easy
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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Theater Pizzazz
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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CurtainUp
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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Front Mezz Junkies
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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T
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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New York Theater
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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Theatre's Leiter Side
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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