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Hold on to Me Darling

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Members say: Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great writing

About the show

The Atlantic Theater Company presents this world premiere from award-winning writer Kenneth Lonergan, about a country-western singer who tries to find his way by returning home. More…

When his mother dies, country star Strings McCrane begins to question his life and its purpose. He returns home to Tennessee, leaving fame and fortune behind, but his escape does not go as planned. Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe directs this new work by Kenneth Lonergan, Pulitzer-prize finalist and writer of last season's hit revival of 'This Is Our Youth' on Broadway.

Member Reviews (63)


Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great writing
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Entertaining, Great staging, Cliched, Self-indulgent, Slow

See it if Charming cute story, Great staging. Entertaining. All other characters but the "hero" are realistic and well acted.

Don't see it if Main character seems to have been written by a different author than all other characters. The inexplicably pedantic melodramatic hillbilly.

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy plays that make you look at your darker side, question your motives but in an entertaining often funny way. The set was excellent!

Don't see it if You're looking for a quick easy night without having to think.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you like lovable, narcissistic characters or shows about celebrities.

Don't see it if you prefer a short show. This one runs nearly 3 hours!

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy a good laugh.

Don't see it if prefer fast-paced action.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Too long

See it if you want to hear brilliant dialogue from terrific actors

Don't see it if you get annoyed by playwrights who don't want to end a scene. Each scene was wonderful, but almost all were 3-5 minutes too long. EDIT!!!

Funny, Great turntable set, Flawed, Great writing

See it if You value genuinely witty dialogue over plot and don't mind seeing characters you won't exactly love. Plus Timothy Olyphant half naked.

Don't see it if You want a zippy little story because this is almost 3 hours and definitely feels like it.

Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Original

See it if You want to laugh a lot watching a clueless if handsome narcissist finally learn that it isn't all about him.

Don't see it if Seeing the humor down deep in the foibles of people unaware of their foolishness does not interest nor amuse you.

Funny, Clever, Uneven, Rollercoaster

See it if You can tolerate an uneven play to get the good bits

Don't see it if You get put off by unlikeable characters

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Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Lonergan's writing and Oliphant's acting (not to mention his half-naked body on a massage table for a long first scene!)

Don't see it if hillbilly accents get on your nerves.

Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're a Lonergan fan. I didn't like it as much as others have. It could have used some editing, IMO.

Don't see it if don't like slow moving plays.

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like Lonergan's other plays (Lobby Hero, This is Our Youth) or if you like stories that feature characters that are larger than life.

Don't see it if The synopsis sounds unappealing or if you don't find inflated egos fodder for sophisticated comedy and drama.

Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like clever dialogue and sets.

Don't see it if you like your shows edited and tight. The show runs a little long and needs some trimming. It also doesn't break any new ground.

Clever, Funny, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Lonergan's other work and/or if you like, sometimes, over-the-top comedy.

Don't see it if If you can't find humor in a country-western :"star" who also is a much-sought-after movie idol.

Well acted, Entertaining, Original, Quirky, Slow at times

See it if you like Lonergan plays. Charmingly funny. You'll get the main character's posturing when, for me, the emotional impact hits at the end.

Don't see it if your only reason is to see Timothy Olyphant. His character could get a little tiresome.

Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Gorgeous and eclectic set design (very impressive). Excellent supporting cast. So many trenchant and hilarious one-liners!

Don't see it if You're not into shows with a self-absorbed celebrity protagonist. You don't like plays to be significantly longer than 2 hours,

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow

See it if u want a show about a character unable to change his stripes despite frequent, adamant proclamations about his great desire to do so. Talky.

Don't see it if you have a low threshold for narcissistic protagonists, albeit here hilariously clueless and ineffectual in attempts at redressing that fact

Funny, Entertaining, Slow, Thought-provoking, Long

See it if you like Lonergan's other works or colloquial plays in general

Don't see it if you're fond of elegant prose or you have a short attention span. The show stretches almost 3 hours

Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You understand Kenneth Lonergan and what he does with his plays

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick comedy that quickly turns tragic.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy Kenneth Lonergan's previous works & want to see well-written character studies on stage. Also if you enjoy great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if You prefer short, plot-driven plays.

Great staging, Poignant and unexpected ending, Hilarious, Excruciating at times

See it if you are interested in ideas about family dysfunction, fame and Oedipal ideas; good acting,set design and direction.

Don't see it if you have mommy issues, are embarrassed by anything off color or country western related.

Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if Another winner for Lonergan!

Don't see it if You don't appreciate wit.

Phenomenal set, too long

See it if you're a Lonergan fan, and even just for the incredible set design; some performances are also excellent.

Don't see it if you do not want to sit for three hours and wonder at the end what it all adds up to.

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Original, Quirky

See it if You like Timothy Olyphant a whole lot and you're charmed by soft Southern accents. You want to see a combo of Justified and the Grinder.

Don't see it if You get easily bored or distracted -- it's long. Don't see it if the antics of a sad rich person are going to annoy you.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy great acting. The play seems over written, but I could have watched it for another hour. Brilliant characters finely wrought.

Don't see it if You are impatient with wandering plots.

Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Original, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like Lonergan's writing - this is one of his best. An often appallingly funny dissection of self absorbed celebrity and its acolytes.

Don't see it if You're southern & squirm when New Yorkers satirize some of your quirks & ways of expression Underneath the mockery are some universal truths

March 14th, 2016
"You might expect Mr. Lonergan to have a natural affinity for obsessive, self-sabotaging people. And so it proves with 'Darling,' a poignant comic study of the bad faith and bad behavior of a narcissistic celebrity and those around him...all given vibrant life by the director, Neil Pepe, and a c...
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March 14th, 2016
"'Hold on to Me Darling' is almost defiantly overwritten and leisurely in its handling of character and plot...But even when Lonergan’s not sure of the way, he’s so damn fun to follow. His dialogue is sharp and funny, and his characters slip easy judgment...Neil Pepe’s perfectly balanced producti...
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March 14th, 2016
"Very little of 'Hold On to Me Darling' is funny, though, and not just because these subjects are so well picked over; the tone is too wobbly, and the pace too languorous, for its teeth to gain any purchase on skin...Olyphant has the requisite charm and muscles but spends most of the play leadfoo...
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March 14th, 2016
"There's a much better play nestling in the almost three hours of 'Hold On to Me Darling', but Lonergan seems unwilling to find it, leaving most of the poignancy buried between his disjointed scenes...The chief compensation in this premiere is very funny dialogue performed by a fine cast. Neil Pe...
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