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Members say: 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. 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.

Member Reviews (116)


Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Absorbing, Cliched
Avg Score

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Also The wonderful set is almost worth the price of admission.

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

Wall street dad sees family upended by visit from addicted brother

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.

Cliched, Great staging

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.

Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Nasty, Sour

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.

Pointless, Great set but its motion was the most alive part of this turgid play., Uneven acting, Thankfully short

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.

Also I saw this the same weekend I saw Starving Class--the saving grace was... Read more Read less

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great set and lighting

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.

Also Of the several family dramas I've been seeing lately, this is clearly ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

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.

Amazing sets, It's a soap opera, Fluffy, Great acting

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.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

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;

Predictable, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

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

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy well-crafted plays about family relationships and good actors playing those roles.

Don't see it if you only like light entertainment.

Also Especially outstanding performance by Alex Wolff as the college-age so... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like plays with a familiar family dynamic.

Don't see it if You want original ideas or plot. It is completely predictable and filled with dramatic cliches.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like plays dealing with family issues both good and bad

Don't see it if You like light comedy.

Yawn fest, Waste of time., Unremarkable, Long

See it if you have nothing to do on a rainy weekend.

Don't see it if you're looking for something original or unique.

Also I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of this play. There was not... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Cliched, Great writing, Great acting

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".

Slow, Great acting, Cliched, Thought-provoking

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.

Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a show that is well done in every respect; predictable, but what us wring with that?

Don't see it if You want a show that is surprising snd edgy

Cliched, Wasted talent, Disappointing

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.

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 o...
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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 cha...
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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...
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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 a...
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