Hold on to Me Darling
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Hold on to Me Darling

Hold on to Me Darling NYC Reviews and Tickets

(63 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (63)

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209 Reviews | 38 Followers
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.

52 Reviews | 22 Followers
Great writing, Hilarious, Must see, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you love great dialogue. Kenneth Lonergan's script is masterful.

Don't see it if you only like musicals.

162 Reviews | 72 Followers
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.

1166 Reviews | 464 Followers
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.

104 Reviews | 37 Followers
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.

129 Reviews | 26 Followers
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if Another winner for Lonergan!

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

60 Reviews | 22 Followers
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.

263 Reviews | 108 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
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 cast that finds the individual quirkiness in everyday stereotypes...Although this production could still be trimmed by 10 or 15 minutes, the strength of 'Darling' is in its loquacity."
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Time Out New York
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 production on a revolving set by Walt Spangler makes virtues of the script’s woolier byways, and he gets rich, firmly grounded work from the ensemble. Strung out though you may feel, you won’t want to let go."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 leadfooting the accelerator, trying to make it go. Despite this, and the valiant work of the rest of the cast, it doesn’t. I can’t think that’s because the play needed more thought; probably it needed less."
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The Wall Street Journal
March 17th, 2016

"Exceedingly well directed by Neil Pepe, in which Lonergan blends satire with strong, straightforward emotion to complex and poignant effect...Mr. Lonergan knows what he’s doing, and by evening’s end he has successfully negotiated the tricky transition from raucous comedy to total sincerity...Lonergan’s ear for dialogue is, as always, eerily true, and so is his knack for leavening dead-serious moments with touches of dry comedy...Beautifully performed."
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March 17th, 2016

"Remember the scene in Robert Altman’s 'Nashville' when Keith Carradine sings 'I’m Easy' and the camera cuts to the faces of every woman in the audience certain he’s singing it to her? That’s Strings...Pepe has staged the longish evening with an ear for the nuance of Lonergan’s speeches that keeps the whole thing from collapsing. It’s all very funny, but Altman accomplished much the same impact in that single, memorable sweep of another unwitting Nashville fan base."
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New York Daily News
March 14th, 2016

"His new Off-Broadway comedy-drama 'Hold On to Me Darling' about a rudderless celebrity is flecked with laughs and some terrific acting but the nearly 3-hour play suffers from aimlessness of its own...Also nagging is Olyphant’s lead performance. He’s an actor with impressive credits but radiates such little star power as Strings. Between his acting, the script and direction by Neil Pepe, this singer is one-note and the play loses sharp focus...Wish Lonergan’s new play gave us more to hold onto."
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March 14th, 2016

"If he wasn’t played with such honeyed charm and awe-shucks sincerity by Timothy Olyphant, this show, clocking in at 2 hours and 45 minutes, would be one long, achy-breaky night. But Olyphant’s return to the stage is a stunner, striking just the right notes of guilelessness, obliviousness and narcissism...The play is entertaining and engaging, performed by a top-rate ensemble and directed with finesse by Neil Pepe, but its long reach for political and social resonance is a stretch."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 Pepe's direction brings a light touch to the material that maximizes the laughs, but it also confines this portrait of a crossover country superstar's existential crisis to shallow depths."
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