London Assurance
Closed 2h 30m
London Assurance
78

London Assurance NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(95 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
12%
Negative
3%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Great staging

About the Show

A parade of eccentric characters and merry mishaps ensue in Dion Boucicault's 1841 comedy of manners.

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Member Reviews (95)

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705 Reviews | 214 Followers
83
Great acting, Contrived, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if Excellent comic stage presence made the hijinks work. Witty wordplay with expressive Elizabethan language. Detailed period set & costumes.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in a 19th century romantic farce that goes on for 2 1/2 hours. Simple characters, elaborate speech. Read more

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
88
Witty performance, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you're interested in an exquisite production where every raised brow & bouncing curl conveys subtle meaning and lots of fun.

Don't see it if 19th Century farce bores you. The plot is thin with no redeeming social value except for a good time.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
79
Fluffy, Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Dated

See it if to see an elegantly staged 19th C farce, wherein love triangles, deceptions & hijinx abound and lead to a predictable (but satisfying) end.

Don't see it if u seek something heady, deep or contemporary; u don't appreciate 19th Century comedy of manners; u expect the biting wit of Shaw or Wilde.

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
87
Fluffy, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if curious about playwright, enjoy verbal farce, actors creating great characters, deliciously complicated plot, exquisite set

Don't see it if farce is not your thing, don't like plays from the 1850's, not in the mood for frivolous yet artful comedy, slightly overdone characters

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
77
Great staging, Dated, Slow, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Moore's brisk, fluid staging on a stylish turntable set & a comic ensemble impeccably led by McPhillamy & Pickup keep the hijinks bubbling

Don't see it if An early Boucicault voyage in comedic playwriting had yet to reach the heights of later, more skillfully plotted works Not w/out its charms

don
506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Fluffy, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if A farce is a farce is a farce .It amazes that it was written 200 years ago (just short of 20 years ) Not a weak link in the cast of 10.

Don't see it if See also for positive and negative When the theater was redesigned a few years ago, why were the seats not realigned? Read more

645 Reviews | 94 Followers
82
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like an old fashioned farce from 1841. Dialogue is typical of that time and is a little heavy handed. Good acting and staging.

Don't see it if you don't like old plays with old fashioned dialogue. Don't see if you like modern sophisticated dramas. Read more

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
83
Period farce, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Witty period farce has a foppish papa and his disguised pup in a love triangle over an engagement weekend. Great unaware lead and revolve.

Don't see it if If disabling the woke-metre, you'll be delivered what this Company excels: directing, acting, writing, set,and costume in a protective time.

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
December 15th, 2019

"‘London Assurance’ Minds Its Manners: A 19th-century comedy from Dion Boucicault, at the Irish Repertory Theater, showcases some delicious characters in an imperfect vehicle."
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Time Out New York
December 15th, 2019

3/5 Stars "Inspires more grins more than guffaws. But while this antique can never truly shake off all its dust, Moore is blessed to have gifted stage vet McPhillamy in the central role...It's a testament to the artistry of this production that it makes the play so assuredly agreeable."
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Theatermania
December 15th, 2019

"London Assurance is a Victorian Comedy About Old Man Swagger: Dion Boucicault's breakthrough comedy gets a revival at the Irish Rep."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 2nd, 2020

"'London Assurance' is a perfect whirligig of complications, all of them neatly tidied up, in time for the final curtain, by a playwright more interested in symmetry than reality."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 15th, 2019

"To be sure, Boucicault's comedy isn't a masterpiece, but it's silly fun, especially with a cast that's having a good time, which the Rep's company certainly is. And although the production could use a little tightening...this 'London Assurance' is a holiday treat the whole family can enjoy."
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New York Stage Review
December 15th, 2019

3/5 Stars. "While the pleasures of the play may be eternal, modern productions require a particular dexterity. This production's shortcomings notwithstanding, it's not a bad place to spend a chilly evening."
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Theater News Online
December 15th, 2019

"Fortunately, the Irish Repertory Theatre's founder and award-winning director Charlotte Moore has found the right formula to pull this tricky kind of comedy off with her assured production of Dion Boucicault's 1841 play London Assurance."
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TheaterScene.net
December 29th, 2019

"'London Assurance' is still a witty and lively play after almost 180 years. With its farcical elements laid over a drawing room comedy plot, Charlotte Moore's adroit production...mines the play for all of its humor and wisdom concerning the foibles of human nature and self-delusion."
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