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Hold on to Me Darling

From 63 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Great writing
78
Avg Score

During previews
78
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to hear a master at making great dialogue for average screwed up characters. The acting is fabulous.

Don't see it if Long plays are not your thing.

During previews
75
Quite funny but ultimately unsatisfying, Main character is not that interesting, Sets are great

See it if you would enjoy watching someone make quite a few bad decisions.

Don't see it if You don't find the South interesting.

During previews
35
Dreadful

See it if You are the type who enjoys the cheap laughs I heard around me but did not share. I know these people exist. I don't understand them.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend an evening wondering why a playwright would spend a significant part of his life creating dreck like this.

During previews
75
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you like clever and witty dialogue; you like quirky stories; you like Timothy Olyphant with his shirt off ;-)

Don't see it if you want to get out of the theater in under 3 hours.

During previews
70
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like Kenneth Lonergan. Enjoy comedic social commentary. Have faith in the preview process that'll tighten up show. Enjoy MVP CJ Wilson.

Don't see it if There is a very good play in there, but it needs to tightened up considerably (1st scene meanders but others don't), NB: saw it in previews.

During previews
65
Cliched, Indulgent, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want beautiful and innovative staging, and 'slice of life' theatre/writing

Don't see it if you hate southern accents, and you cannot watch an asshole-y protagonist that's only ready to change at the end of the play

During previews
72
Great acting, Slow, Banal, Amusing

See it if You are interested in how celebrity culture warps the stars. Some subtle sly humor.

Don't see it if You have as little interest in C&W as I do. Like fast-paced, insightful character studies.

During previews
75
Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Slow, Long

See it if you like the tale of a celebrity wanting to escape their extravagant, Hollywood life, intertwined with southern family drama.

Don't see it if You are highly uncomfortable with incestual plots or if you are impatient; there are some scenes that need to be shortened--it tends to drag

During previews
77
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want a laugh and a surprise ending.

Don't see it if you're over the shallowness of show business.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Great acting, Original, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You like wordplay Country music appeals to you you like romantic ambiguity

Don't see it if you cant handle a 3 hr play

During previews
90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound, Relevant

See it if you like good solid writing, directing and great set design, comedy/drama

Don't see it if you can't be patient waiting for characters and story to unfold

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You enjoy Lonergan's way of tunneling into complicated psyches and relationships; you appreciate work that doesn't telegraph its ending

Don't see it if You prefer your comedy and drama siloed; you like your plays plot-heavy over dialogue-rich

During previews
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to watch new material, with witty lines and characters that will break your heart.

Don't see it if You mind long(er) shows.


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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