Lucy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(102 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow

About the Show

An overworked mother hires a nanny to look after her children, until things take an eerie turn.

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Member Reviews (102)

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500 Reviews | 251 Followers
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A professional single mother raising two young children with the paid help of a quirky nanny. Excellent acting with a well-written script.

Don't see it if If you prefer a musical then skip this one.

497 Reviews | 72 Followers
Mommy & nanny issues

See it if Tensions of money/employer/employee, "real" work vs child care, motherhood/nanny, parenting styles, sexuality, etc. between the mom & nanny.

Don't see it if Not a lot happens, no traditional plot, not has horror as might expect, slow / repetitive moments. 1 hour 55 minutes; no intermission. Read more

421 Reviews | 61 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want a fascinating character study of mother and nanny. Subtle but powerful. Great acting.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action or you’re not interested in family dramas.

410 Reviews | 100 Followers
Great staging, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some great performances in a psychological thriller that will, initially, pull you in.

Don't see it if You dislike red herrings and disappointing endings. Read more

405 Reviews | 73 Followers
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you have ever been curios about the REAL dynamic between a nanny and the family she is employed with and how that plays out.

Don't see it if you have ever had drama with the employment of a nanny, as this product with open up all those bad memories of your experiences. Read more

353 Reviews | 70 Followers
Suspenseful, Intense, Great set

See it if you're interested in an insightful and engaging play that deals with the delicate tension between parent and their children's caregiver.

Don't see it if you're expecting a play that delivers on its premise, building towards an over-the-top crazy climax that unfortunately never really come...

326 Reviews | 129 Followers
Great acting, Slow, Repititious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see two good actors performing in a play that is overlong and sonehow unfinished.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that develops rather than a series of scenes repeating the same point.

348 Reviews | 51 Followers
Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Intense, Ambitious

See it if the topic--finding a Nanny interests you. I was curious. The set is excellent, a 5-year-old does a great job & 2 actresses do what they can

Don't see it if Where to begin? Situation made no sense to me from the beginning. Guess I am a stickler. It's almost 2 hrs with no intermission and seemed Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
February 8th, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK "Written and directed by Erica Schmidt, 'Lucy' is seamlessly layered, extraordinarily entertaining and tricky to classify. A cleverly detailed exploration of child care as both a kind of labor and a primal instinct, it is a workplace comedy set at home, where boundaries are porous and personal stakes are exceedingly high."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 7th, 2023

“The play sends up the absurd expectations of motherhood and child care, especially in the fishbowl of Manhattan, where moms have been known to treat one another with all the love and support of attacking betta fish.”
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New Yorker
February 16th, 2023

"But Erica Schmidt’s drama, though well written, never fulfills its dark promise."
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New York Theatre Guide
February 7th, 2023

“...that one blissfully beautiful moment, awash in vibrant pink lights, before everything rapidly devolves. For the characters and the audience, it is exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero.”
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February 7th, 2023

“Despite its domestic setting, it's hard not to view Lucy as fundamentally a story about the conflict between labor and management — with the playwright coming down firmly on the side of the latter. “
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Lighting & Sound America
February 9th, 2023

“It's a thin piece of writing, to be sure, but, in the hands of gifted actresses, it remains thoroughly engrossing, from the polite opening haggle over salary and insurance benefits to the final gloves-off settling of accounts. It's also fascinating for its presentation of motherhood as a largely solitary and anxiety-ridden affair; not once does Mary experience anything like joy in her kids, and, for all her sentimental extolling of the little tykes, Ashling is largely out for herself, Men, of course, are nowhere to be found. Is this the state of play in 2023?”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 6th, 2023

“The stakes in ‘Lucy,’ though, are very low and as a psychological thriller, it is hugely disappointing. Plot points don't always make sense, and there are few clues as to why Ashling does what she does.”
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New York Stage Review
February 6th, 2023

“The showdown will come accompanied by a couple of unanticipated revelations, held back too long and to less-than-staggering effect.”
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