Long Lost NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(116 Reviews)
Positive
61%
Mixed
29%
Negative
10%
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Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Absorbing, Cliched

About the Show

The Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies returns to MTC with a funny, unsettling play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation.

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Member Reviews (116)

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841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
45
Unfocused, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if There are a couple scenes that were okay.

Don't see it if Unfocused and too long. Last scene drags on forever. Whole story amounted to nothing.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
55
Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if An excellent ensemble (esp Tergesen), lavish sets & Sullivan's stable direction are all unable to survive the plodding, lame melodramatics

Don't see it if Surprisingly tepid work from Margulies It's the sort of drama you talk back to as if it were on TV - because its quality is a bad soap opera

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
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Common plot device - outside destabilizing force, in this case ne'er do well older brother - returns, facade of family happiness of younger brother crumbles, but "who cares"?

See it if rich set, solid performances, interesting perspective on how fate's tied to genetics but individual decisions can override

Don't see it if largely predictable family melodrama, betrayals have no sting, not particularly insightful, in all meh

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
88
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Superb use of 3 rotating segments of the set.. All acting great. Brothers and secrets so well shown.

Don't see it if Too short a run. More publicity needed

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
72
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Terrific acting from all four actors; good use of sets; good but very predictable story.

Don't see it if you are done with family dysfunction and midlife crises tales of woe; want to see something that will surprise you.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
40
Too long, Excruciating, Disappointing, Donald margulies strikes out with this play, Cliché-ridden

See it if I would skip this play. There is nothing to recommend it. It runs out of steam once the house lights dim.

Don't see it if This is worth missing. A lesser play from Donald Margulies.

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
88
Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Brilliant set

See it if you want to see the best set off Bway.The play itself is a very good look at family relationships, lost sheep/black sheep siblings,secrets.

Don't see it if you want a light weight musical.This has something worthwhile to say about families and marriages.Long simmering resentments are dangerous

449 Reviews | 115 Followers
67
Undernourished, Great scenic design, Slow, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Donald Margulies or of John Lee Beatty

Don't see it if you like a play with vivid characters and fresh situations, one that moves you or informs you. Read more

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
June 4th, 2019

“This dispiritingly predictable portrait of incompatible brothers is truly surprising only in its failure to surprise...Directed with Teflon smoothness...This 90-minute work is so conventionally and efficiently set up and structured, providing full and expected delivery on every teasing promise of things to come, that it might serve as a basic blueprint in a Theater 101 class...The thoroughly professional cast does as well as can be expected with roles that rarely engage our sympathy.”
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Time Out New York
June 4th, 2019

“In a quietly explosive 90 minutes, the play explores the difficulty of letting go of the past, and how seemingly small cracks in relationships can lead to foundation-shattering destruction...Sullivan has assembled a superb cast. Parisse excels as the tightly wound Molly, Tergesen shifts from charming rascal to cruel ne’er-do-well with ease, and Wolff is endearing as a young man deeply affected by the secrets of his elders. But the standout performance comes from AuCoin, who is riveting."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 4th, 2019

“The cast is first-rate...The problem is with the play...The shoehorned profusion of melodramatic plot twists feels more appropriate for a season-long daytime soap...Such plot machinations and familial themes are a hallmark of many of the playwright's previous works, but they're handled here with an uncharacteristic lack of finesse...’Long Lost’ is never really boring...It's just a shame all this top-notch effort has been put into a play we feel like we've seen."
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Variety
June 4th, 2019

“Both siblings excel at this tame game of fraternal warfare...The problem is, Margulies gives us little context for this edgy interplay between brothers...The characters are well-drawn and well-spoken. But because there’s nothing seriously at stake here, their quarrel shapes up as being largely about language itself. How to make words hurt. How to slap someone in the face with a slur...Margulies has a great ear, but lacking credible context, language is only pretty talk.”
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Theatermania
June 4th, 2019

"It lacks original insights and compelling theatrics, and ends with an unsurprising, ‘had to be done’ conclusion. There have been better plays about this subject matter, and Margulies has written some of them...Sullivan's production doesn't do the play's questionable dramaturgy any favors, either. His staging actually compounds the bigger problems I had with the unfocused script — namely, its underdeveloped characters and lack of a discernible protagonist."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 18th, 2019

“A black-sheep drama that, at first glance, looks like yet another tour through a familiar landscape of domestic dysfunctions. Yet, under Sullivan's taut direction, the questions it poses look increasingly knotty; before long, one starts to appreciate how the playwright has wrought a domestic miniature that has much to say about the way we loathe now...Sullivan's cast of four is highly skilled at these tribal war games.”
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New York Stage Review
June 4th, 2019

“Margulies has long demonstrated his ability to devise compelling characters in dramatic situations. Margulies begins in similar fashion in his new play, but before he long loses his way...If there are problems with the writing, AuCoin, Wolff, Parisse, and Tergesen each make a good case for their characters. Manhattan Theatre Club has provided a typically expert production under the direction of Daniel Sullivan."
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New York Stage Review
June 4th, 2019

“Although ‘Long Lost’ has been composed by Margulies with his typical craftsmanship, this story of a troublesome black sheep lacks originality and suspense...While the play is smoothly rendered by experienced hands, there is no reason why this terribly inert drama should be produced at all except that a distinguished artist such as Margulies wrote it. Too bad that the playwright did not have the insight to shelve it and save everybody a lot of wasted effort.”
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