HUNGRY: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One
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HUNGRY: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One

HUNGRY: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play One NYC Reviews and Tickets

(57 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to The Public Theater with 'Hungry,' the first in a new three-play cycle introducing us to the Gabriels of Rhinebeck, New York.

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
Great acting, Slow, Banal, Warm, Confusing

See it if it's very well acted and the writing+directing make it feel very true to life and immersive. But has no plot or point.Nothing to think about

Don't see it if For a trilogy you're left with no hook whatsoever.Nothing to get curious about in a sequel. Nice but as forgettable as kitchen conversation.

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
Disappointing, Clever, Quirky, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want to see a true to life scene of a family conversation around the kitchen table. It's well acted & realistic.

Don't see it if I've experienced more interesting & entertaining dinner conversations at countless friends or family get-togethers. Hungry left me hungry.

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
Absorbing, Intimate, Strong acting, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like realism. Hungry feels like an edited film of a real family. Still, Nelson's hand is evident in its humor and intelligence.

Don't see it if you want something bold and theatrical. Hungry has a small focus, used to spotlight our times especially women's roles. Strong ensemble! Read more

928 Reviews | 379 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You like great characters, rich deep content so full and real that their lives could be yours. I felt like I was eavesdropping!

Don't see it if You're looking for fast paced and lots of action. This is gentle beautiful scents of these people's lives.

677 Reviews | 186 Followers
Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing, Hollow

See it if You fancy yourself a modern-day Gladys Kravitz, spying through your neighbor's kitchen window. Or if you intend to see the entire trilogy.

Don't see it if you are hungry. (A whole meal is cooked on stage.) Or if you're searching for insight. Nothing of any substance is discussed in 110 minutes.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you like intimate, realistic family stories, have seen Richard Nelson's Apple Family plays, like up to date theater relevant to today

Don't see it if the mechanics of everyday family life bore you on stage, you don't want to think about how this intimate story relates to you!

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
Listen in on kitchen conversation about the precarious nature of being middle class; finds the profound in the quotidian

See it if /for beautiful simulation of what people say to each other in the privacy of their homes; fine ensemble

Don't see it if you expect to see a play with passionate political arguments; subtext: the game is fixed in favor of the 1%

594 Reviews | 223 Followers
Great acting, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You wouldn’t mind a play that’s simply a bunch of upper middle class white people sitting around a kitchen table chatting.

Don't see it if You saw The Apple Family plays and weren’t keen on those either.

Critic Reviews (19)

The New York Times
March 6th, 2016

"The wonderful new play written and directed by Richard Nelson...'Hungry,' a work in which nothing much happens beyond some contemplative pre-dinner chatter, may well be the most resonantly topical and emotionally engaging play of this presidential election year...Mr. Nelson finds the weave of momentous history in the fabric of the quotidian. These works are as personal as they are political, and you cannot separate the two any more than you can in your own life."
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Time Out New York
March 6th, 2016

"The compression of the project has taken a toll. Characters speak in undifferentiated voices, with similar tics, and despite a host of touching moments, certain narrative choices sour even in the play's short running time...Haste has disrupted his delicacy, leading to the show's worst technique: constant reference to the deceased Thomas, who turns out to have been a Nelson-esque playwright...We see the hand of the playwright, and—all too often—that hand is patting the playwright's back."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 6th, 2016

"Its thousand acts of extreme daily realism, from chopping vegetables to the constant dance of interpersonal negotiation, amount to a kind of human politics, dramatizing the historic conflicts and consolations of living in our country right now...Superbly performed, under the playwright’s invisible direction, 'Hungry' may abjure cheap theatrics but nevertheless provides the occult kick of a thriller. You watch it thinking, 'Hey, don’t I know you?'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 5th, 2016

"The evening delivers the sort of intimacy rarely encountered on the stage, even if it has its longueurs...Narratively speaking, little happens in these plays...The evening, then, is not about action, but rather the casual interplay among the extended family members. As with the first trilogy, this installment seems mainly designed as an introduction to the characters. All of them seem vitally real thanks to both the precision of the writing and the superb performances by the ensemble."
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March 4th, 2016

"Nelson’s quietly incandescent 'Hungry' feels as fresh as if it was written this morning...Everything and nothing happens in those 100 minutes...Nelson again directs his work with assurance and the cast is fine; the standouts are Plunkett and Sanders...'Hungry' will be followed in September and November by the last two Gabriel family plays, which are certain to be more civilized and civilizing than the surreal events unfolding in the world around them."
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New York Daily News
March 7th, 2016

"Anxiety, thick enough to cut with a knife, is what author and director Richard Nelson is really exploring in this gorgeously acted portrait of American lives in limbo…Performed by a flawless ensemble, 'Hungry' always goes down very easy even if, as in the Apple plays, this production isn’t action-packed. It’s about conversation — talk that’s freighted with plainspoken eloquence, humor, remorse and anger. The acting is so natural it delivers a fly-on-the-wall voyeuristic thrill."
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AM New York
March 7th, 2016

"Very little occurs in these plays...The casual, subdued acting from the six-person ensemble is ultra-realistic, but it’s hard to stay interested in 'Hungry' for 100 quiet, uneventful minutes. But taken together with the upcoming two segments, 'The Gabriels' will provide another up-close and in-depth portrait of a struggling American family at this specific moment in time."
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March 6th, 2016

"The characters are so affable, so friendly, so genuine, that it's almost like we're eavesdropping...Nelson's major gift here is the way he captures, in a way no other contemporary playwright yet has, the all-too-real fear among members of the Democratic Party: What if it collapses...Directed with sharp precision by the author, 'Hungry' features a company of actors whose work is so authentic we forget they aren't actually their characters."
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