Make Believe NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(207 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
17%
Negative
2%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

About the Show

Bess Wohl returns to Second Stage after her funny and poignant play, "American Hero," with a look inside the minds of children, their parents, and the mysteries of childhood that haunt us forever.

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Member Reviews (207)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
78
Absorbing, Lots of twists, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Great plot with lots of twists and variety. Engaging and interesting. Great actors especially the children.

Don't see it if First part has some long scene transitions that are odd especially since they don't repeat.

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
74
Clever, Plot holes, Dysfunctional family dramedy, Absorbing, Strong acting

See it if you like dysfunctional family plays w strong premise. 4 siblings in trauma; re-visit as adults. Well acted. Gr attic set.

Don't see it if you want a believable plot. Lots of holes; unconvincing kids section too lg and choppy Still, MB's clever & absorbing. All white cast.

928 Reviews | 379 Followers
91
Profound, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if You like stories that start slowly but build to a super insightful ending. If you liked Small Mouth Sounds you’ll probably like this.

Don't see it if You don’t like to look inside. Read more

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
89
Resonant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if you enjoy a well balanced play that reflects accurately the characters and the setting in 1980 and today with some twists that engage you.

Don't see it if you do not like a lot of talk and stress among family members - you need to listen carefully not to miss the surprises that are contained.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
90
Original, Profound, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Abandoned kids' playtime in 1st act transitions to adult drama in 2nd. Serious themes, lots of humor & plot twists. Wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You need to take the play literally. It is half realistic, half farce. Life can be cruel, but we have to laugh, and make believe.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
82
Clever, Great acting, Flawed, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a smart play depicting how the confluence of childhood innocence & family trauma manifests itself into heartbreaking adulthood

Don't see it if u can't abide child actors (even talented, charismatic ones); ur triggered by child abandonment; u'll get hung up on the few false notes.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
83
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful, Clever

See it if fan of Beth Wohl, or a play whose first act is only talented youngsters under 13, plays about impact of childhood trauma on maturity,

Don't see it if not a fan of family plays, adults acting immaturely, breakdown of a family, childhood neglect & adult miscommunication

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
87
Well played, Several bold theatrical strokes, Affecting, Imperfect, Insightful

See it if you might be interested in a smartly written play about that most tender of subjects: childhood trauma & its adult consequences.

Don't see it if seeing children (non-physically) abused onstage might be too upsetting for you to want to sit through. Read more

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
August 15th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "In ‘Make Believe,’ Four Children Meet Their Inner Adults: Bess Wohl’s daring, mysterious new play is a comedy of underparenting and a tragedy of selfishness. Or is it the other way around?"
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Time Out New York
August 15th, 2019

★★★★ "It's the oldest strategy in the dramatic playbook: the 'retrospective' plot, in which a buried secret is dug up and brought into the light...That's why Bess Wohl's 'Make Believe ' has such freshness: The writer has found a new way to cut old cloth."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
August 15th, 2019

"The Unreal Land of 'Make Believe': Bess Wohl's play about childhood and its ripple effects."
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The Hollywood Reporter
August 15th, 2019

"The latest effort from Bess Wohl, author of the acclaimed 'Small Mouth Sounds,' explores the lingering effects of a traumatic event on the lives of four young children."
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Theatermania
August 15th, 2019

"'Make Believe' Reveals the Seriousness Lurking Behind Playtime: Bess Wohl's latest show depicts abandoned kids at play."
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BroadwayWorld
August 16th, 2019

"Therapy is Child's Play in Bess Wohl's Engrossing Drama 'MAKE BELIEVE'"
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Lighting & Sound America
August 16th, 2019

"'Make Believe' is populated with children who play some very adult games; the playwright, Bess Wohl, is a pretty audacious game-player herself…Make Believe would challenge any director, but Michael Greif's intensively detailed approach makes every moment count."
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New York Stage Review
August 15th, 2019

"'The Games That Kids Play.' Fine acting brings Bess Wohl's tender new drama to realistic life at Second Stage Theater"
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