In Previews: Opens Oct 07 | Midtown W

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating

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. More…

From the show:

It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself.

Member Reviews (25)


Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Ambitious, Excruciating
Avg Score

During previews
Disappointing, Loud, Unfocused, Great acting, Too looooong

See it if you're taken w Catholic conservatism. Lng discussns abt abortn, Vrgn Mary (particularity), political cycles. No liberal chars. Great actors.

Don't see it if you want likable chars, plot, intellig politics. Chars horribly damaged by adherence to medieval religion. Too dark/loud/long. Needs cuts!!!

Also The script is deeply flawed and way too long. There's some intelligent... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Too long, Great acting

See it if Not your main screen show for they are all Christians. Discussion subject of all things

Don't see it if Some of the discussion could leave people uncomfortable, but I think that the point.

Also It is too long for me. The play is dark not just with the subject. The... Read more Read less

During previews
Theological and kilowatt-challenged, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Accustomed to theological discourse,adult friends beg question:Why does Catholicism necessitate conservatism?Holy fools searching for grace.

Don't see it if By kilowatt-challenged porchlight, if you've ever wondered if your faith aligns with your voting bloc. "No there-there in liberal future."

Also Title refers to history repeating itself in four stages.Pawk is great.

During previews
Too long, Cliched, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you like a cliched version of the Christian Conservative right. You will not hear views of average Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Don't see it if you are a Republican hoping to hear your viewpoint for the first time in NYC theaters. These characters hate Trump more than Barbra at MSG.

Also There is no political diversity in today's entertainment field and thi... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see Tony-award winning Michele Pawk do her magic later in the play. Want to feel how some rural people act & think. Great acting

Don't see it if You're biased against Christians. You're intolerant of those w/different political opinions. You don't like hearing both sides of arguments.

During previews
2 hrs, no break? noooo!, If not catholic, incomprehensible, Actors were all good, Preachy, screechy diatribe

See it if Want 2 see specifically Catholic conservatives try 2 confront each other on validity of their views in a fraught and (literally) dark play.

Don't see it if You're not Catholic, Christian, or conservative as most arguments are difficult to understand. It's uncomfortable, and not in a "good" way.

Also I found this depressing and often unbearable to watch. Be forewarned: ... Read more Read less

During previews
Preachy attempt at political statement

See it if You don’t mind political preaching.

Don't see it if You want a good thoughtful take on politics in a play.

During previews
Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if A dark , loud and at times lacking coherence story of the middle American Christian Right Wing.

Don't see it if If you are liberal minded probably should not see this.

During previews
Preachy, Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want a bible lesson and views of the Christian Right that most New Yorkers know nothing about.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward play. At 2 hours, the talk, with hardly any character development, goes nowhere.

Also Why the glaring lights in the eyes of the audience before the play beg... Read more Read less

During previews
Dramatic and dense, Generational & cyclical themes, Intense & taxing performances, A wild verbal & political ride, Needs a trim and focus

See it if You are politically aware and interested in the conservative/liberal dilemma. Appreciate bold playwriting and courageous acting.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by loud noises or 120 minutes without intermish. You are looking for an entertaining, light, escape.

During previews
Relevant, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a play that shows characters with a conservative point of view. Each character is truly and realistically represented.

Don't see it if if you don't care to see realistic characters with a conservative point of view.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a new play that deals with today’s political climate.

Don't see it if You want a strong plot.

Also I found the playwright’s dialogue to be strong. But the lack of plot a... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Excruciating, Great acting, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You love those actors.

Don't see it if You're anything like me.

During previews
Preachy, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched

See it if Incredibly long slow dogmatic discussions of Catholic Orthodox thinking

Don't see it if if you want interesting characters that have decent morals and a plot that look charitably on conservative thought. Flawed mess of a plot

Also I wanted to like some of the characters but by the end of the play non... Read more Read less

During previews
Another brilliant play from will arbery, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Arbery presents point of view he does not necessarily agree with, and with eloquence and empathy. The characters are beautifully drawn.

Don't see it if You only want to see shows whose characters espouse your personal beliefs, and you don't appreciate great writing.

Also Arbery is a brilliant young playwright. After seeing Plano last year, ... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are not afraid to hear ideas discussed intelligently even if they are the opposite of your own intelligent realizations.

Don't see it if you are unable to enjoy rapid fire political rants that actually have some meat. This is not a fluff fest.

Also I was amazed at this play both for the writing and the acting. The bes... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy being provoked by strong politically conservative discourse.

Don't see it if This play is long on talk and short on plot which is off putting.

Also The play takes place outside at night. The lighting is a tad too dark ... Read more Read less

During previews
Talky, Poorly-conceived, Painfull

See it if you can get an aisle seat for easy of escape.

Don't see it if it pains you to see mindless religious zealotry given a voice.

Also This reminds me of an article about the Bayou communities in Louisiana... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if You are willing to sit with a slow-burn play about ideas. This is theatre of debate, filled with strong philosophical and political views.

Don't see it if Want a traditional drama. This is not a play for polite ppl and I disagreed with 90% of the ideas tossed around.

During previews
Literally painful, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if I can't imagine why anyone (aside from friends and family) would enjoy this show.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend well over 2 hours with no intermission sitting in the dark watching a group of misfits babble incoherently about

Also being politically conservative while your ears are regularly assaulted... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to get into the mind of conservatives and witness a conversation that's crudely honest

Don't see it if you don't like talky theatre that wants to tackle bigger and deeper themes; or you don't like 2 hour shows without an intermission

Also great stage metahpors. you want to shoot the evil but you kill the inn... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like conservative political diatribes by millennials nostalgic for their old college days, spoken entirely in the dark (a metaphor?)

Don't see it if You prefer action, a well-lighted stage, a plot, well-defined characters, interesting dialogue.

During previews
Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You would like to hear the political views of today’s republicans and Trump supporters. It is good to have these rarely expressex political

Don't see it if You are utterly repelled by Republican/Trump notions. Play is talky but talk is absorbing in the mouths of this great cast.

Also The cast is utterly superb as is the staging. I would see anything wit... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like thoughtful dramas with characters who you shouldn't like, yet somehow come across as somewhat endearing

Don't see it if If you like talky dramas or aren't too close (we were in the second row and the show is very dimly lit, further back could be harder to see)

During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You're willing to hear intelligent arguments supporting political and religious views that are anathema to you. Eye-opening!

Don't see it if can't suspend your point of view enough to hear others. You can't bear giving time to the opposition.

Also I HATE conservative politics and religion, but I was fascinated by the... Read more Read less

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