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 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (57)

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509 Reviews | 337 Followers
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.

52 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you love kitchen table conversations.

Don't see it if you don't like the smell of baking bread.

58 Reviews | 36 Followers
Resonant, Profound, Original, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you feel like overhearing a family gathering with the spontaneous give and take of everyday conversation. A gift to theater lovers.

Don't see it if you are impatient, you prefer neatly tied up plot points or have no interest in current economic or political issues

539 Reviews | 280 Followers
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.

118 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to be transformed by a drama. We are in the kitchen with the Gabriel family in Rhinebeck New York.

Don't see it if You no longer have the ability to immerse yourself, empathically in theater, rather you just want to be entertained.

50 Reviews | 22 Followers
Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You like talkly plays that hit close to home.

Don't see it if You didn't like the Apple family plays.

279 Reviews | 201 Followers
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!

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
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.

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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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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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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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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