The first play of Annie Baker's residency at Signature Theatre, this world premiere follows a young couple trying to reconnect in a Pennsylvania bed-and-breakfast. More…
Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker and frequent collaborator, director Sam Gold, team up once more for 'John.' It's the week after Thanksgiving in a bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and a young couple struggle to stay together, while thousands of inanimate objects watch on.
See it if you're an Annie Baker fan. I find her work lacking. She has interesting settings/characters...and then little plot. The pace creeps.
Don't see it if you want more than interesting character studies. The acting is strong, at least, especially Engel. Good atmosphere, no coherent point.
See it if You want to see a major new work by an important new playwright.
Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours, no matter how interesting the play.
See it if If you do not appreciate Lois Smith, perhaps this will change your mind. The show is quirky and unusual. Georgia Engle was a surprise!
Don't see it if You like clear cut straight line themes. This show needs you to hang in to hear what is happening.
See it if You like relationship dramas with slow "reveals" of character and no other action. And for the performances of Georgia Engel and Lois Smith.
Don't see it if A scanty plot and pause-laden script stretched over three hours with two intermissions is not your idea of a fun night at the theater.
See it if U R very serious about drama & off Bway, or devoted to new writers & directors Really get into nuanced detail and character development
Don't see it if You get restless with plays where most of the drama is in small exchanges and not actions
See it if you enjoy acting in real time-pauses, quiet times, not everything points to resolution. Great acting by Georgia engel. You like Annie Baker
Don't see it if Clocks in at about 3 hours. Some conversations do drag a bit. Not everything ties up neatly and makes sense. If you fear dolls
See it if you're fans of brilliant young theater artists Annie Baker & Sam Gold, who've been inspired by the ol' magic of Georgia Engel & Lois Smith.
Don't see it if you're plum mystified by how a play with minimal plot can last 3+ hours & leave it's 1 big mystery unanswered. I could have stayed 4 more.
See it if You loved any of the other Sam Gold + Annie Baker collaborations (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick, etc.)
Don't see it if You disliked any of the other Sam Gold + Annie Baker collaborations (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick, etc.)
See it if You REALLY love Annie Baker and you don't mind being confused for much of the play; you have a LOT of patience.
Don't see it if You need everything explained to you; you don't like things not tidily wrapped up; you don't like weird for sake of weird.
See it if Talented writer about lost souls but boring characters. many meaningless pauses, and a plot that goes nowhere. Georgia Engel excellent!
Don't see it if you wish to be fully engaged and care about the characters. Truly disappointing.
See it if you love Annie Baker or Sam Gold...or if you've never seen any of their terrific work!
Don't see it if you really require a driving, action-based plot.
See it if you want a gorgeous, deft, observant, and playful deep-dive into compassion and indifference. Surprising, bold, and totally unique
Don't see it if you need a play to be plot-driven rather than atmosphere-driven
See it if you like slow burns, slice-of-lifes, or mysterious stories with some great performances, especially from Georgia Engel.
Don't see it if a 3+hour play with no clear indication of where the story is going is going to drive you batty.
See it if you enjoy Annie Baker; you think dialogue is the most important part of a play
Don't see it if you need plays to be short and sweet; you don't want to have to pay close attention for 3 hours
See it if You like very slow moving plot lines that eventually arrive at a destination, but not necessarily the destination you had hoped for.
Don't see it if Like big plots and multi-layered characters that stay with you for a lifetime.
See it if You can really watch life happen onstage and open yourself up to the pain of others. Enjoy a smart piece of writing with some poignancy.
Don't see it if You can't sit still for three hours.
See it if you love theater that explores the infinite space between lovers and friends, and envelops you in a sweet and quirky song of loneliness.
Don't see it if you are looking for an action packed plot, or if a couple of slightly saccharine moments ruin a play for you.
See it if you are drawn to theatre that explores the poignant loneliness of the human condition.
Don't see it if you like action packed adventure.
See it if You are interested in watching the honest truth about love relationships.
Don't see it if You are interested in one-sided or unsubtle theatre with a political message.