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.
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.
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.
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
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
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