Little Women
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Little Women
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Little Women NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(139 Reviews)
Positive
68%
Mixed
25%
Negative
7%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent

About the Show

Primary Stages welcomes back Kate Hamill, playwright and star of their production of "Pride and Prejudice," with her fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty, "Little Women."

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Member Reviews (139)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
54
Lugubrious charmless, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you like the book, enjoy literary adaptations for the stage, enjoy actors in multiple roles/playing much younger & a strong woman focus

Don't see it if not a Alcott fan, expect more warmth & sentiment between the characters, don't enjoy non-traditional casting, overemphasis on Jo

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
83
Refreshing, Great staging, Heartwarming, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a well acted and heartwarming play about four very individual young women growing up and interacting with each other.

Don't see it if you like a sophisticated drama or don't like old fashioned stories. Read more

MJK
677 Reviews | 190 Followers
63
Interpretive, Interesting, Uneven, Good acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an adaptation of the classic 19th Century novel seen through a 21st Century lens; you appreciate Hamill's work.

Don't see it if you are an Alcott purist or unwilling to accept a modern, progressive interpretation (albeit still set in its original period) of the novel. Read more

don
506 Reviews | 1000 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Great to see a writer perform. Color blind casting works Nice revision. . Kristolyn Lloyd on her way to super-stardom.

Don't see it if You need "without alterations". You want to wait for the musical version next season. At our viewing the new performer was still on book.

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
80
Resonant, Profound, Romantic, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like stories of conflicted people or misfits, or appreciate empowered, female characters.

Don't see it if romantic dramedies aren't your thing.

544 Reviews | 58 Followers
72
Interesting take on old classic

See it if You are open to new versions of old classics.

Don't see it if If you are a purist.

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
76
Great acting

See it if You want to see an ADAPTATION (not the original) where Jo dresses as a man (suit & mustache) and explores gender identity issues.

Don't see it if You want to see the original Little Women, as this is not it.

Nic
470 Reviews | 91 Followers
82
Refreshing, Uneven, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you’d enjoy a look at Little Women how it was probably intended, before Alcott’s publisher forced some more traditional rewrites.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see one of theater’s finest, most versatile actors - Kristolyn Lloyd - give another accomplished turn.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
June 4th, 2019

“Lloyd makes a charming and entirely sympathetic Jo...There’s a peculiar lack of warmth to Lapine’s production as a whole...These Marches don’t feel much like a unit, and the first act, performed with too-manic energy, is hobbled by our not knowing most of them in any depth...The play is more frolicsome and complex on the page than in this production, which seems undecided whether to aim itself at school-age audiences, grown-ups or — ideally — both.”
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Time Out New York
June 4th, 2019

"Reimagines Alcott's beloved 19th-century coming-of-age tale through a modern lens...During the play’s first fabulous act, director Sarna Lapine keeps the episodic tale moving swiftly and smoothly as the cast leans into the humor without sacrificing the heart. Act II, by comparison, seems rushed and disjointed—and, perhaps, a little too woke...Yet the talented women associated with this production, both on stage and off, sustain its magic for so long that it seems ungrateful to belittle them."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 5th, 2019

“Hamill’s ‘Little Women’ is trying to make the old feel new...and, frustratingly, it’s trying both way too hard and not hard enough...Its characters reduced either to one-dimensional conveyors...or to mouthpieces for modern indignation...The constant hammering home of the play’s big — and relatively facile — ideas, along with the production’s winky, overplayed lightheartedness, puts the show in territory that veers dangerously close to children’s theater.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 12th, 2019

"If you're going to do 'Little Women,' you've got to come up with something fresh to say about it, something this production doesn't really do...The playwright's approach hammers the characters into two-dimensional figures...This is an aimless entertainment that dutifully makes its points without much force or warmth or any sense of fun."
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Talkin' Broadway
June 6th, 2019

"A sublime example of how to make 19th century works relevant to modern audiences...A color-conscious cast highlights elements of the characters that have remained unseen in other adaptations...This Jo commands the stage with equal measures of fire and kindness, and seeing a black woman in the part can't help but remind us of how much our society expects from women of color."
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New York Stage Review
June 4th, 2019

“Hamill’s now gone hog-wild-radical with Alcott’s ‘Little Women’...If you’re fond of that authorized version...you may have a difficult time with Hamill’s loosey-goosey alteration...Hamill gives it a contemporary spin for these LGBTA/LGBTQ days...Classics are classics because they so universal in myriad ways that they stay cogent no matter when they’re encountered. They hardly require upstart ideas on nudging them into renewed life."
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New York Stage Review
June 4th, 2019

"Director Sarna Lapine’s austere approach to the visuals, which includes modest approximations of Victorian dress that the characters do not change as several years go by, becomes Hamill’s uncluttered retelling of the story. Lapine paces the actors at a fairly brisk clip...Hamill’s adaptation of 'Little Women'—for all of its contemporary attitudes and talk—is a relatively straightforward interpretation of the novel."
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TheaterScene.net
June 18th, 2019

"Hamill's adaptation of the Alcott novel is entertaining and engrossing though the modern sensibility is likely to bother devotees of the novel. The amiable and energetic cast keeps the story moving swiftly along. However, there is little sense of period which might disturb some: is it likely Jo would wear men's clothing in 1861 New England, away from the Bohemian centers that someone like novelist George Sand frequented? And all the talk of 'gender roles' seems excessively 21st century."
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