Man From Nebraska
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Man From Nebraska

Man From Nebraska NYC Reviews and Tickets

(189 Reviews)
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Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

About the Show

Second Stage Theatre presents the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts' drama about a devout man who has a crisis of faith. Starring Tony winner Reed Birney ('The Humans.')

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Member Reviews (189)

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193 Reviews | 26 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love great acting, direction, and epic hero's journey stories.

Don't see it if you are triggered by a spouse leaving a long-term relationship.

528 Reviews | 81 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Cromer hits it out of the park

See it if you love beautifully written plays, brilliantly acted, and directed by a genius. The dialogue and silences are so real, so true. Perfection

Don't see it if you are mourning the loss of Jersey Boys. But if you like well crafted plays that will make you think, then go. Lotts is amazing. So honest.

58 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Want to see outstanding acting and an original treatment of an old theme.

Don't see it if Want to see a totally convincing play. Read more

248 Reviews | 65 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You're looking for something that stays with you. If I'd reviewed right after, it would be lower. But I can't stop thinking about it.

Don't see it if You don't like religion, existentialism, unexpected humor or heartbreak...

53 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like great theatre

Don't see it if if you don't like dramas

56 Reviews | 22 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if if you like Tracey Letts plays. This play is simple and yet incredibly thought provoking.

Don't see it if If you don't like shows about people going through journeys to find themselves Read more

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
Resonant, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You love watching human development and want a deep show about faith, morals, and the boundaries we set within relationships. Reed Bernie!!

Don't see it if You want a straightforward play with lots of plot. Watching this show requires you to focus on the relationships and realistic living onstag

423 Reviews | 55 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a play about a couple getting older and finding a new direction.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about aging.

Critic Reviews (33)

The New York Times
February 15th, 2017

"Though its words are well chosen and artfully placed, Tracy Letts’s 'Man From Nebraska' has a radiant respect for what cannot be said...An uncommonly gentle and compassionate work, which anatomizes characters and situations so classic that they are often dismissed as clichés...Very much of what happens in this production’s ephemeral pools of light feels uncannily like life itself, unaccommodating and bewildering, utterly familiar and gloriously inexplicable."
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Time Out New York
February 15th, 2017

"Letts can do grotesque and emotionally raw, but here he reins in his darkest dramatic impulses. The writing builds up a humane character study, but it rarely raises the room temperature...At its core, the play—handsomely staged by Cromer and scrupulously acted by a fine ensemble—is about choosing a path in life versus accepting what sociology hands you. That’s a perfectly juicy theme, but Letts makes it less a shocking journey to enlightenment than a dutiful stroll round the block."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 15th, 2017

"It must be said that once Letts establishes his provocative premise, he doesn’t develop it in fully compelling fashion. The episodic play moves in fits and starts, marred at times by lugubrious pacing and narrative digressions...Nonetheless, under the sensitive direction of David Cromer, 'Man From Nebraska' resonates with deep emotion, its multidimensional characters pulsing with humanity. Not surprisingly, the proceedings are often drolly funny despite the serious subject matter."
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February 17th, 2017

"Under Cromer’s suggestive direction, the life of Ken Carpenter (Birney) teeters on some existential ledge between darkness and darker darkness...Birney is marvelous to watch as this decent man struggles to find his moral footing in a strange new landscape. Laughing at Ken’s innocence is not an option, because Birney treats that innocence with respect...By the end of his existential journey, he has not only earned his faith, he’s also earned ours."
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February 16th, 2017

"The chemistry between Birney and director David Cromer is nearly as palpable as Ken’s with the people who orbit him at home and in London. Cromer is a devotee of understatement that heightens reality, and in Birney he has the perfect instrument for that. The production transcends even that terrific performance with a company that has no weakness...A dazzler – a great show."
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New York Daily News
February 15th, 2017

"'Man from Nebraska' just goes in circles...It’s a double disappointment from Tracy Letts...Weirdly, Ken’s life-changing question of faith falls aside as he drinks, drops ecstacy and tries his hand at art. Letts raises a provocative idea but fails to follow through. And when a play turns this hollow even a fine ensemble doesn’t have a prayer."
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February 15th, 2017

"A sensitive look at the limited time we have on earth and how that time is governed by the constant struggle between obligation and desire...Birney encases Ken in a cordial falseness, so that we are never quite certain that he means what he says, a trait that has fascinating implications for the end of the play...A combination of Letts' astute writing and Birney's sympathetic performance never allows us to completely discount his feelings, mired in privilege though they may be."
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February 16th, 2017

"Deceptively little seems to happen in the first several scenes of Tracy Letts' riveting 'Man from Nebraska,' now receiving a superb New York premiere...Birney's performance is exceptional and jarring as this character, who exudes respectfully low-key masculinity, is now bent over in tears...Director David Cromer does a fine job of making the mundane everyday living of Ken and Nancy's home life seem an attractive option for those who require a comfortable safety net."
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