Linda NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(198 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
12%
Negative
4%
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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.

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Member Reviews (198)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

593 Reviews | 264 Followers
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

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
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.

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
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. Read more

483 Reviews | 54 Followers
61
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You see the brits writing

Don't see it if You want satisfying play

394 Reviews | 202 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
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-effect links are presented so baldly and explicitly, they might belong to one of Linda’s PowerPoint presentations.”
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Time Out New York
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 the story into ‘King Lear’ territory in the play’s second half, and the engineering is sometimes too obvious. But the play, flawed like Linda, demands to be seen.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 thematic sprawl becomes detrimental…Still, the writing is consistently sharp and insightful, and, under the skillful direction of Lynne Meadow, the talented cast, makes the most of it.”
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Variety
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 reckoning is coming for Linda...While the playwright’s second-act strategy for getting Linda’s mojo back is seriously flawed, the final scene is one fine piece of writing.”
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Deadline
February 28th, 2017

“A subject familiar to fans of, say, the late Wendy Wasserstein, is given fresh oxygen in a narrative that adds some layers of complexity and topicality to one of the defining issues of our time…Skinner stacks the deck against Linda so thoroughly that her inevitable–and barely credible–breakdown at a Swan event may strike some as just deserts...The play has been spiffily mounted…The cast couldn’t be better, and Dee...powers through the play with appealing élan.”
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NY1
February 28th, 2017

"A perceptive drama...MTC's absorbing production felt like a mirror reflecting on us all...The play is overly plotted but engaging nonetheless, as Linda's happy home and job start to unravel...At the center of it all is a bravura performance by Janie Dee. Displaying an impressive range from headstrong to heedless, she hits a raw nerve...'Linda' is somewhat melodramatic and feels contrived in spots. But the takeaway is powerful."
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Theatermania
February 28th, 2017

“Chock-full of a great many incredibly exciting moments (and two electrifying central performances from Dee and Griggs), ‘Linda’ comes close to being the real deal, but ultimately sinks under the weight of its own impressive ambition…With the exception of Ikeda, the rest of the company fares less well, stuck in the middle of overstuffed story lines...Still, so much of the experience is fitfully exciting and thought-provoking enough that 'Linda' sticks with you after the curtain comes down.”
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BroadwayWorld
March 4th, 2017

"Sometimes it gets a bit didactic, especially when coded sexist language is overstated, but Skinner's characters are very well presented and her dialogue easily glides from witty and entertaining to realistically somber...'Linda' solidifies Skinner's position as an interesting dramatic voice from overseas that needs to be heard more frequently on this shore. And any play that can bring Janie Dee back in a sensationally commanding and clever performance should receive first-class passage."
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