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Linda

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Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Penelope Skinner's new drama about one woman's crusade to confront the stigma of female aging. More…

Linda Wilde has it all. She’s an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. Helmed by Manhattan Theatre Club's artistic director Lynne Meadow.


Member Reviews (198)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging
78
Avg Score

90
Intense, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Disturbing

See it if Women's mental health damaged by pressures of society and family. Writing hits you at multiple levels. Good characters, well acted.

Don't see it if You are not interested in women's issues. You are looking for something uplifting. This is brutally insightful.

78
Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Good acting, Slow

See it if Janie Dee is the powerhouse behind Skinner's cautionary, overwrought "woman has it all" tale. Ikeda offers fine support as damaged daughter

Don't see it if Intelligent & well written but oddly flat and more damaging - unaffecting. Linda as victim of consequences not a cause never really explored

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if you enjoy topical comedy with serious undertones, interested in role of women in workplace, family issues,past secrets and Janie Dee's perf.

Don't see it if you don't like somewhat contrived coincidences, some twee plot developments and characters, or lots of plot

75
Women put through meat grinder: women 50+ disappear, teen girls filled w/ angst, aimless 20-something women self-destructive

See it if /4 ambitious story of why a woman cannot have it all, electrifying performance by Brit star Janie Dee/in class of Helen Mirren

Don't see it if play tries to bite off too many feminist issues so loses focus, dialogue at times is wooden/stilted, at times more a diatribe than a story

20
Cliched, Unsurprising, Predictable, Excruciating, Repetitive

See it if you enjoy watching a woman unravel over 2.5 hours. Really wanted to love Janie Dee's performance—just wish she had better material.

Don't see it if you don't like cliched and repetitive and wooden dialogue in a play. Also, a revolving set that gets overused.

Also Penelope Skinner's last outing here in the U.S. was "The Village Bike,... Read more Read less

70
Cliched, Great sets, Relevant, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you want to see the terrific actress Jamie Dee in a relevant story, with a great nemesis in Griggs. First act left me yearning for more.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a disappointingly predictable second act, which is cliched, cringe worthy and overly calculated.

70
Cliched, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy timely plays that deal with feminist issues, aging, ethics of advertising/marketing industry

Don't see it if you don't care about gender equality or feminist issues, you want more character development and less predictable plot twists

61
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You see the brits writing

Don't see it if You want satisfying play

95
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Profound

See it if I loved this show. Janie Dee was amazing. Every woman over 50 should see this!

Don't see it if The end was depressing. Offered no solutions to the problem it posed.

Also This is a very important play, with a great cast and a relevant messag... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Profound

See it if Beautifully written and acted. A spot on woman's play. Absolutely well crafted concerning contemporary life issues .

Don't see it if You only enjoy light musicals or dramas with little family conflicts.

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Janie Dee is the powerhouse. Ikeda offers fine support as damaged daughter. Female identity, privacy, self worth & aging movingly explored

Don't see it if viewing a woman's life crumble around her is not your cup of tea. A heartbreaking tale. Well acted and directed. Saw 3/14/17

89
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if if you want to see a good drama that leaves you thinking,

Don't see it if if you are tired of dramas about women who want to succeed at any price.

75
Ambitious, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing new works.

Don't see it if you are not interesting in being about to discuss all the issues it will provoke after sitting through it for two hours.

75
Great acting, Great set, Engaging, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if A dynamite lead & good performances are enough to make up for an unevenly directed & thematically overwritten script that reverses itself.

Don't see it if You want to see female empowerment & self-determination rewarded, or a pertinent, important subject resolved in any meaningful way.

Also As a production, Linda looks as good, sharp, attractive & dynamic as i... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you enjoy an intense drama dealing w/ appearance issues middle-age+ women face; where each character faces a conflict or two.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a show involving a powerful, dynamic women and the issues most women eventually deal with

Also Linda's character was well played. The issues covered were real, ones ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for great acting

Don't see it if you want a happy evening at the theater

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to see an offbeat slant on the feminist problem of balancing career and family plus a dazzling performance by Janie Dee

Don't see it if you don't want to see any more plays about the feminist problem of balancing career and family!

Also Though dealing with a subject that has been explored to the point of e... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Gaining insight into lives of ambitious women is important. Linda reminds us that women can't have it all without paying a high price.

Don't see it if You're not interested in women's issues, like frustrations working in a man's world, or dealing with the double standard.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You are interested in plays about gender inequality and hanker for strong female leads. Janie Dee is terrific if a bit strident at times.

Don't see it if You are frustrated by the overly ambitious and under-realized panoply of sub-themes, the ineffective ending. A worthwhile if flawed endeavor

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in exploring the professional and family life of a woman who appears to have it all.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a look at what it's like to be a successful but aging woman.

69
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in looking at the roles women play in society; you are ok with plays full of unlikable characters; you like the author

Don't see it if you want a satisfying ending; you like fluffy or happy plays

Also The first 3/4 of this was wonderful - the lead actress is great (2-tim... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Intelligent, And yet flawed

See it if you'd like a play on the role of women in the workplace, the hazards of technology plus other timely subject matter.

Don't see it if you'd rather be at a splashy musical.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you like to be absorbed in a play that is timely and relevant.

Don't see it if women's issues aren't your thing.

Also The cast was terrific as was the scenery and lighting. The play will m... Read more Read less

71
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in female empowerment and the strains of adult womanhood

Don't see it if you want a happy ending or at least a hopeful one.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a woman over 50. A mid-life crisis that may be resonant to all women at a certain period of life.

Don't see it if You don't like feminist or aging issues. The play is too long and most of the characters are stereotyped. Act 2 is weaker than Act 1.


February 28th, 2017
“‘Linda,’ directed with faltering intensity by Lynne Meadow, certainly doesn’t lack for gristly parts for actresses to chew and choke on…As the plot thickens to the point of clotting, you can’t accuse Ms. Skinner of not connecting the dots of either her themes or her story lines…But the cause-and...
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February 28th, 2017
“Penelope Skinner’s 'Linda' raises important questions with bracing rhetorical force, and Lynne Meadow’s MTC production has two huge assets: Walt Spangler’s stunner of a rotating set...and, especially, Dee’s superb turn as the title character, at once indomitable and vulnerable...Skinner pushes t...
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February 28th, 2017
“Sometimes sad, sometimes funny and always wildly entertaining...Janie Dee’s dazzling performance in this work is nothing less than a tour de force…For all its provocative points about the daunting obstacles faced by older women, the play proves too convoluted and overstuffed for its own good…The...
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February 28th, 2017
“A feisty feminist play…Well-cast and briskly directed by Lynne Meadow, the production is a bittersweet rallying cry for women who become invisible—and totally irrelevant—when they turn 50…The scribe is not only heartlessly funny, she’s also bluntly realistic, so it’s obvious that the moment of r...
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