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

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Members say: 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. More…

The first installment in a three-play, real-time cycle tracking the lives of the Gabriels throughout the coming presidential election year. To the rhythm of peeling, chopping, and mixing, 'Hungry' places us in the center of the Gabriels' kitchen. The family members discuss their lives, disappointments, and the world at large. As they struggle against the fear of being left behind, they attempt to find resilience in the face of loss.

Member Reviews (56)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

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!

Also I attended the three play marathon and thoroughly enjoyed the immersio... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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%

Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Insightful, Satisfying

See it if you want to feel like a fly on the wall.

Don't see it if you have trouble with shows where "nothing happens."

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want to see incredible naturalist acting. It's a very moving play. All the actors were terrific. I loved it!

Don't see it if You want to see a big musical or a play with a lot of action.

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.

Perfection, Absorbing, Great ensemble acting, Literate script, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy intelligent theatre and do not mind a lack of plot. Also, if you enjoy excellent ensemble acting from this cast of six.

Don't see it if you do not like to listen closely to what is being said or if you need a strong plot line in order to enjoy a play.

Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Realistic, Great writing

See it if You like realistic plays that are staged so that you feel as if you are looking through a window at an ordinary family.

Don't see it if You need high drama and raised voices and lots of action to enjoy a play. This is NOT that play. A literal kitchen sink play !

Banal, Slow, Great acting

See it if You like the actors and the last plays by the playwright featuring the Apple family Do not expect to be as entertained

Don't see it if You expect to be really invested in the plot

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy slow-burn stories with no real conclusion, just the "day in the life of" plays. Beautifully acted.

Don't see it if You go to the theater to forget your problems. This play puts real world issues to the forefront and doesn't solve the issues. Very real.

Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great ensemble acting

See it if you enjoyed Nelson's Apple family series, if you enjoy fine ensemble acting, if you enjoy intelligent conversation.

Don't see it if you expect a strong narrative arc and an intriguing plot.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy intelligent dialogue, flawless acting, and dialogue interspersed with wit, wisdom and humor.

Don't see it if you absolutely can't stand a show where nothing really happens.

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Slice of life

See it if you're interested in watching a slow-burn slice of life play with great relevance to the 2016 election, you like real, relatable characters

Don't see it if you want high drama, high stakes, fancy sets and earth-shattering cliffhangers.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if enjoy watching other people cook and discuss banal things. About 10 minutes toward the end was interesting.

Don't see it if The rest of it was like watching paint dry. Like sitting in on a bunch of people talking about people and things only they care about.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You like shows that make you think more than entertain you.

Don't see it if You like to be entertained a don't like wordy plays

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you enjoy subdued family dramas with minimalist staging that pack an emotional punch.

Don't see it if you're going in on an empty stomach. Their cooking made me HUNGRY.

Not as political as the apple plays, Filled with hilarious and sometimes risqué references, Great acting all around, terrific ensemble, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You like thought-proving theater.

Don't see it if You need lots of action onstage to keep you interested.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Sensitive

See it if You want to feel part of the family, join them in the kitchen for a meal, a cry, a discussion of our changing times.

Don't see it if You do not have the patience for a show that is about conversation, family relations. Show is greatl conversation, not much action, beware!

Dry as dust

See it if Like me, you loved the Apples. Now you must hope that sitting through this sets you up for some pleasure in watching the next two episodes.

Don't see it if You need action, or at least something happening. You like more than the utterly quotidian when you go to the theater.

Riveting, Refreshing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like family dramas about regular people with regular problems. Absolutely see it if you liked the author's Apple family plays.

Don't see it if you like a lot of action.

Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You recognize and appreciate first rate truthful ensemble acting,

Don't see it if You don't like quiet, slice-of-life plays with no dramatic events.

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 mo...
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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:...
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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 invisib...
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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, th...
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