Letters from Max
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Letters from Max

Letters from Max NYC Reviews and Tickets

(119 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

About the Show

Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of her book of letters, sent between her and her terminally ill ex-student.

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Member Reviews (119)

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1118 Reviews | 292 Followers
Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like a love letters type of play. Communication through letters, email... moving.

Don't see it if The story for the most part is good. A more upbeat musical.

721 Reviews | 221 Followers
Insightful, Poetic, Intelligent, Tender, Moving

See it if You want to be inspired and moved by the intelligence, insight and spirit of a young poet who passed away. Excellent acting and music.

Don't see it if You won’t enjoy poetry, sad moments, and reflection on life & death.

565 Reviews | 64 Followers
Well done. well performed.

See it if Like different forms of theatricalizing a story.

Don't see it if You only want a full blown three act play.

456 Reviews | 73 Followers
Slow, Moving, Intense, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy poetry and like thoughtful, academic readings and ideas. Show is moving and a good discussion of death and art, but it is very sad

Don't see it if you prefer action to a very wordy play.

430 Reviews | 99 Followers
Intimate moving gorgeous words perfectly edited

See it if you have lost someone beautifully acted, perfect set, see it.

Don't see it if if you have lost someone we know going in he has died. he was real there is no way to change the end.

323 Reviews | 60 Followers
Heartbreaking, Absorbing

See it if you want a very moving look at a teacher and student who become dear friends.

Don't see it if you want a regular type of play.

291 Reviews | 42 Followers
Impactful, Sad, Powerful, Profound, Well-acted

See it if you want to experience a thoughtful and deeply moving story that touches on the fragility of life and features strong acting and writing.

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted and/or action-driven show. This is a contemplative piece that stays with you after you leave the theater.

230 Reviews | 21 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have a tender heart. It was an emotional experience that I found moving, enriching and meaningful. Excellent writing by Sara Ruhl.

Don't see it if Sad stories are not of interest to you.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
February 28th, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK: “If ‘Letters From Max’ were any other play, I would think dreaming up a fantasy bookstore display... was a strange response. But it feels like a natural extension of the conversation pinging back and forth between Sarah and Max. Theirs is so much wider and more voracious a discussion than any stage could hold.”
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Time Out New York
February 27th, 2023

"This epistolary play sends the message that a life cut short can call us to embrace our own lives and—as Max tells Sarah in a dream—to feel them swaying."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 28th, 2023

"It gives you an extremely close perspective on the experience of knowing and then losing him, so much so that it may feel intrusive to be there."
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February 27th, 2023

"Inspired by Ruhl and Ritvo's posthumously published collection of correspondences, the production ... is a straightforward adaptation, with much of the spoken language coming directly from Ruhl and Ritvo's notes. It is amazing how effortlessly these missives manage to capture their divergent personalities, and how the performers manage to tap into something almost ethereal in their delivery."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 27th, 2023

“A metaphysical conversation conducted in the lengthening shadow of death...It is interesting that Signature Theatre happens to be producing Letters from Max, which contemplates eternity and the mystery of existence, at the same time it is presenting Samuel D. Hunter's A Bright New Boise, in which the protagonist, an evangelical obsessed with end-times theology, struggles with the irreducible complexities of contemporary life. These playwrights are wrestling with life's biggest questions, which is another way of saying they are doing their jobs.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 28th, 2023

"In the ritualistic acts of sending and responding to letters, however, the epistolary drama provides a space for an intellectual and spiritual meditation on love, death, and the function of art."
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New York Stage Review
February 27th, 2023

"As played with an off-handed yet committed approach, Hecht and Ritvo are amusing with each other,... As Ritvo worsens, 'Letters From Max', a work about art and death and about how art deals with death, takes precedence."
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New York Stage Review
February 27th, 2023

“The epistolary play is a tricky business. Portraying two people who are communicating with each other but not really talking to each other...Thanks to Kate Whoriskey’s clever but never cluttered staging, ‘Letters From Max’ almost never stands still."
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