Love and Money
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Love and Money

Love and Money NYC Reviews and Tickets

(16 Reviews)
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Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Dated, Slow

About the Show

Signature Theatre presents a world premiere comedy by A.R. Gurney about a wealthy widow who is determined to donate almost everything she owns, until her plan hits a snag.

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Member Reviews (16)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Weak script, Great set, Well staged/acted, Pointless, Disappointing

See it if you love AR Gurney. I found the script insipid. No profound discussions about either love or money. The plot device fizzles. Nice set.

Don't see it if you require intelligent, insightful theater. Lamos made the most of what's there, but it was far too little! Don't know why this was revived Read more

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Relevant, Cliched

See it if You want to see every AR Gurney play written.

Don't see it if You're looking for one of Gurney's substantive investigations into classic Americana.

482 Reviews | 717 Followers
Banal, Delightful

See it if you're in the mood for something light and mildly entertaining.

Don't see it if you want something heavy or thought provoking.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
Disappointing, Dated, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if If you like A.R. Gurney (which I do), but this was not one of his best. The acting and set were great but the story was predictable.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas about rich people and their troubles.

242 Reviews | 44 Followers
Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched, Banal, Overrated

See it if You want to see anything A.R. Gurney writes. (But this is definitely a strange one!) You like your plays SHORT.

Don't see it if You like to see plots that make sense.

178 Reviews | 279 Followers
Cliched, Light, Noel-coward-ish, Unsurprising, Inoffensive

See it if You want a peek into WASP manners and mores, and enjoy drawing-room farce-like fare

Don't see it if You are bored by first-world problems or stereotypical characters, or need to care about the emotional or other "stakes" in a story

168 Reviews | 162 Followers

See it if u enjoy A.R. Gurney's plays, respect Signature Theatre and appreciate quality production values. +Cole Porter songs -- but they're filler.

Don't see it if This play seems to have been rushed into production. It starts off delightfully, but resolves too quickly and not at all effectively.

148 Reviews | 37 Followers
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if like family dramas about inheritance and like Gurney's plays.

Don't see it if you want to see a well-written, well-actied drama.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
August 24th, 2015

The director, Mark Lamos, hasn’t elicited performances that might give the relationship between Cornelia and Walker the intriguing emotional undertow suggested in the script...Were we to see something more dark and urgent in his mission, the play would cut a little deeper. Mr. Gurney springs a few surprises, some more plausible than others."
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Time Out New York
August 26th, 2015

"A. R. Gurney’s dead-behind-the-eyes comedy 'Love & Money' reveals the one downside of Signature’s Playwrights-in-Residence program: the pressure, on both sides, to produce. Gurney, of course, has skill, but asking him for a world premiere seems to have caught him uninspired. The play fills out the season, but no more."
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New York Post
August 25th, 2015

"'Love & Money' runs just 85 minutes and still seems padded. The latest by A.R. Gurney is a trifle of a show, a soufflé that collapses as soon as you start thinking about the plot’s holes. And that moment comes pretty early on...Mark Lamos’ production goes down easy, but it’s also nutrient-free and meandering."
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New York Daily News
August 24th, 2015

"This unfocused and unfunny comedy has none of the wit, insight and clarity of Gurney’s better works...Unbelievable characters and an unclear message about class, culture and legacies are major liabilities as the play lurches toward a conclusion. The acting is so-so at best. The script gives director Mark Lamos little to work with. At just 75 minutes, the show strains patience, credulity and goodwill."
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August 24th, 2015

"It is a buoyant comedy that also contains some startlingly shrewd observations about wealth, the nature of trust, and the prospect of aging with dignity...Gurney's text teems with sparkling bons mots...It's a testament to Gurney's mastery of craft that he is able to ground his over-the-top comedy in a palpable truth...Ultimately, we're all at the theater to have a good time, which you definitely will with 'Love and Money.'"
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August 25th, 2015

"If the plot of A.R. Gurney's newest seems more than vaguely familiar, that point is eventually fully acknowledged by the playwright...Perhaps some further tinkering can resolve its problems. At this point, while certainly flawed, the lightly philosophical comedy can provide a pleasing, if not totally satisfying time."
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Talkin' Broadway
August 25th, 2015

"There's plenty of fun to be had here, though none of it really coheres. At once overwrought and underdeveloped, the play feels like a much longer piece that's been cut down to appetizer size, as if to hit the Big Points efficiently and not worry to much about anything else. Director Mark Lamos has arranged things decently, but can't overcome these basic deficiencies; his staging has the feeling of pushing pieces around without ever explaining why."
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Theatre is Easy
August 24th, 2015

"There is an audience for this kind of play...In conversations overheard afterwards, it was clear the play provoked nostalgia and general enjoyment...The story is ordinary, the characters are stock, and the dialogue is chock full of references to a bygone era. If you’re expecting this piano to hit all the old notes, to play the familiar standards so faithfully that you can sing along, and to sound just like you’ve always remembered, you’ve sat on the right bench."
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