The Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies returns to MTC with a funny, unsettling play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation. More…
When troubled Billy appears out-of-the-blue in his estranged brother David’s Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. What does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts? Tony winner Daniel Sullivan ("The Little Foxes" and "Proof" at MTC) directs.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Also The wonderful set is almost worth the price of admission.
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
See it if Painful view of upper-class NY family whose elegant manipulations are dashed by raw behavior of rebellious addict brother. Elaborate set.
Don't see it if Well written and acted but there is little joy in this grim plot. Addiction and income inequality are issues treated intelligently.
See it if you like family drama plays, beautiful set, recognizable cast who give solid performances.
Don't see it if you're looking for something original. The black sheep brother arrives and causes much chaos and unraveling; predictable.
See it if A talented cast deserved better. An examination of family dynamics with some terrific performances.
Don't see it if Predictable and just nasty. 3 of the 4 characters were just sour and unlikeable. The climax comes out of nowhere.
See it if You like revolving sets which convey money and taste and a stereotypic view of the sterility of the wealthy.
Don't see it if It's just ugly and lazy. Cookie cutter characters. Poorly acted. Whiny Parisse, manic Tergesen, Subdued Aucoin, and stilted Nat Wolff.
See it if you enjoy good drama packed into a 90-minute play, good writing and acting, superlative lighting and set, and a believable story.
Don't see it if Dysfunctional family drama is not for you.
See it if you wonder just how far does one go for a brother who has done so much harm? Very well done.
Don't see it if you are interested in the complexities of family relationships.
See it if you enjoy soap opera's that are big family drama's. The acting was quite good and the sets were gorgeous.
Don't see it if you do not like predictable story lines that are over the top. It was basically a 90 minute soap opera on stage.
See it if you want to see great acting even if you find some of the things the characters do despicable; you like to talk about a play after it's over
Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays that feature a main character with no redeeming virtues;
See it if Donald Margulies knows how to craft a drama and Daniel Sullivan ably directs a very good cast
Don't see it if The first 90% of the play is predictable and you may stop caring rooting for the cast when the play's point of difference shows up
See it if you want a well-written and -acted ensemble piece about a broken family, perhaps more broken than they knew.
Don't see it if you want something light, breezy and "entertaining".
See it if You like dysfunctional family dramas where the characters are fairly stereotypical and the events unsurprising.
Don't see it if If you don't like family dramas with 'cut-out' characters and a fairly standard plot.
See it if you are a fan of the cast who are giving some good performances with the material provided.
Don't see it if you don’t want to witness some cringe worthy moments on stage. Some of the dialogue was unimaginative.