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. More…
When does real life collide with make believe? For the four Conlee kids, ages 5 to 10, playing house is no longer a game when their parents inexplicably disappear. Thirty-two years later, their search for answers continues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if Superb acting by 4 youngsters. How does one find 4 youngsters that can do the job. It is rare that both of us felt the same way. also
Don't see it if 80 minutes ( a problem for some)
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.
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
See it if you want to see a show that does a great job of taking the audience on a dramatic ride. It's exciting to watch the show unfold.
Don't see it if you're looking for a play that will leave you with big questions to ponder. This show is intriguing but doesn't leave you with much to chew.
See it if Growing up in dysfunctional family and being dysfunctional adult. Hiding secrets.
Don't see it if Family drama, wanting happy and cheerful story.
Also The younger actors in the beginning are excellant.
See it if you’re interested in a show about the effects that neglectful parents can have on their children.
Don't see it if you don’t like watching children on stage, or having to wait a long period for the story to make sense.
See it if I was totally enthralled throughout. I loved the kids. I don't think I've seen kids used in that way before, with no adults to interact with
Don't see it if if you don't want to watch children "playing" onstage. The wildness of it, the rudeness and meanness sadly seemed very authentic.
See it if Great story about 4 neglected kids (kids are excellent actors) & what happens to them as adults. Detailed attic set. 85 min flies by.
Don't see it if You don't like shows with screaming or crying or when things don't always go the way you expect.
See it if You are interested in the powerful impact that childhood experiences have on our lives. The bonds between siblings are strong.
Don't see it if You’re still dwelling on an awful experience in your childhood, and cannot watch it in others’ lives. You do not like child actors.
See it if You want to see children acting like adults. And you want a show about how the past can shape the future.
Don't see it if You want to see child actors being treated like children. They might have been good actors, but you couldn't tell with the material.
See it if you want to see an inventive work by one of our most talented young playwrights. It breathes new life into theatrical conventions.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about dysfunctional families or if you don't like child actors.
See it if you like shows about family relationships, especially in dysfunctional families. Act 1 is way too long.Act 2 moves faster but needs trimming
Don't see it if you want a fast paced story. Set is AMAZING.Child actors are uniformly terrific.This is almost terrific, but just misses.
See it if Masterful view of children of dysfunction - first as kids, then as adults. Surprising skill shown by child actors. Adult cast is fine, too.
Don't see it if Plot moves slowly but the transition is breathtaking. Can be uncomfortable for viewers with family hostility in their backgrounds.
See it if Some great performances kept my attention. An interesting story. Cleverly done. Samantha Mathis rocks!
Don't see it if The play itself seemed more like two scenes than a whole play. Missing something. Confusing at times. Self-consciously "mysterious."
See it if You want to support Second Stage.
Don't see it if You want believable characters, speaking real dialogue rather than watching real children portraying dysfunctional grown ups. Ugly.
See it if you enjoy "then and now" life comparisons about 4 siblings from 5-15 ish and from 35-45 ish dealing with the issues of dysfunctional family
Don't see it if you like simple linear pieces that avoid surprises