Love and Money
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Love and Money
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Love and Money NYC Reviews and Tickets

58%
(16 Reviews)
Positive
6%
Mixed
81%
Negative
13%
Members say
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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55
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

65
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.

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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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Theater Pizzazz
August 24th, 2015

"One suspects a younger Gurney would have taken the time to iron out the play’s many inconsistencies and sloppy plot points...It seems odd that Gurney would practically steal this plotline from John Guare’s 'Six Degrees of Separation,' and do it so baldly and badly...Sadly, 'Love & Money' really needed some more time out of town before hitting the Big Apple."
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Stage Buddy
August 25th, 2015

"Themes of race, class, consumerism and culture unfold in the delightful new comedy 'Love & Money,' by legendary playwright A.R. Gurney...'Love & Money' is ultimately about one person at the end of her life, wanting a life of simplicity, and another at the beginning of his life, consumed with the desire for so much more."
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New York Theater
August 24th, 2015

“'Love and Money,' A.R. Gurney’s latest comedy about WASPs, is as deep as dust, and no more solid, but as dust goes, it’s a fine light powder, ground by a craftsman who’s been at it for some four decades, and it’s more likely to tickle than to irritate...Gurney could also easily be accused of handling the issue of race too glibly...Yet if 'Love and Money' is trivial, it is also convivial."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
August 24th, 2015

"'Love & Money, a slight, formulaic comedy, briskly staged by Mark Lamos, has arrived...In its conventional plotting, cardboard characters, and overall sense of artificiality, it too closely takes the advice of a Cole Porter song performed midway through, 'Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please.'"
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The Huffington Post
August 24th, 2015

"A dramatist who often pulls back from the more shadowy implications of his plots, Gurney withdraws from those here so forcibly that patrons may experience a mild form of whiplash. In the end, the comedy (?) is a minor trifle. Your enjoyment of it will hinge on how fond of trifles you are. 'Love & Money' is so mildly amusing as it passes that I'm writing this review as fast as I can so that even more of it won't fade from my memory before I finish."
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New York Theatre Guide
August 25th, 2015

"Sophomoric. That is the word for this play. 'Love & Money' has so many holes in the plot that it seems more like a frivolous writing exercise created on a rainy afternoon than anything that should be taken seriously...Why this play is being produced, when there are boatloads of good plays out there pining away for a friendly nod, is a mystery. And a waste of precious time."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
August 26th, 2015

"Though it attempts to throw darts at the American dream gone wrong, it succeeds only in giving us a boulevard comedy that manages to bring some relief from summer’s heat, but which by no means quenches our thirst for more...As language is fast disappearing from our everyday life, Mr. Gurney is always welcome and refreshing. It has its moments, but it needs work."
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Reflections in the Light
August 25th, 2015

"Three weeks of 'previews' at Westport did not improve a play that has not progressed much beyond a draft...Is there a finished play in here somewhere? I won’t give spoilers, but the answer to that question is 'no.' There is no rhyme or reason for any of the plot...The whole thing is totally unbelievable and the script has the feel of a draft with some good ideas that just haven’t been threshed out."
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American Theater Web
August 26th, 2015

"A 75-minute theatrical bonbon that meditates on the allure, advantages, and disadvantages of wealth...Given Cornelia’s beliefs about money, it’s rough to not wish that there were a bit more darkness in her performance, but perhaps Gurney’s play couldn’t support that sort of gravitas...A lighthearted lark of a play."
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Financial Times (UK)
August 25th, 2015

"This affectionate, altogether too predictable evening, directed gracefully by Mark Lamos, is designed as Gurney’s leave-taking, too...Gurney is acutely aware that he is dredging up material he’s mined many times...But the set-up doesn't have much life left in it, even ironically. I have loved the privileged world of A.R. Gurney, but unlike Cornelia I am not wistful about seeing it go."
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On Stage Blog
August 24th, 2015

"It is not a life-changing theatre experience, neither is it the last word in theatrical social-philosophy, but it is also distinctly non-tiresome. The play moves by at a spry trot, never losing focus or letting the audience fall asleep. Gurney’s writing is humorous and lightly playful, while also lending itself to moments of real vulnerability. The cast are fun, on-the-ball and hard-working. If you want an enjoyable, light visit to the theatre, then you can do a lot worse than ‘Love and Money.'"
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Examiner
August 26th, 2015

"'Love and Money' proves to be a major disappointment...He ends the play with a more than happy ending that meets nearly everyone’s needs in spectacular ways—and is at heart quite unrealistic...It is sadly just too derivative and unimaginative to provide a satisfactory theatrical experience."
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Barron's
August 25th, 2015

"The plot devised by Gurney turns creaky...The first 20 minutes of 'Love & Money' reminds you of one of the weighty comedies of George Bernard Shaw; the dialogue is laced with laugh-provoking wit, and reveals a conflict that holds the promise of exploring a classic dilemma. Unfortunately, the play fails to deliver on that early promise."
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Z
August 25th, 2015

"This play can hardly be considered a major work, but, for what it is, it is a mildly enjoyable lark, if you don’t go in expecting anything more than that. Filled with Cole Porter tunes, a talented group of actors, and a few good laughs,'Love & Money' is pretty slight, but it remains pleasant enough throughout."
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