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Man From Nebraska

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Members say: 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.') More…

Sometimes even the most devout can lose their faith. When Ken (Birney), a middle-aged man from Nebraska, suddenly realizes he's lost his sense of purpose, he goes on a wild adventure to find it. Along the way he encounters a world vastly different from his own, filled with chance meetings and romantic encounters that shake him to the core. Written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts ('August: Osage County'). 

Member Reviews (189)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you are suicidal and are looking for a reason to end it all.

Don't see it if you have a life.

Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if you love really slow paced mid-life crisis shows.

Don't see it if you expect a funny, fast paced or a normal Tracy Letts show. Even Reed Birney struggled to make this enjoyable. Pauses do not equal insight.

During previews
White male privilege play, Superficial treatment of profound subject, Wholly unearned pat ending, Leaden direction, Boring, long, dull, banal, unilluminating, unenjoyable

See it if you want to waste 2+ hours of your life.For an illuminating discussion of alts to faith, watch the doc The Unbelievers w/Dawkins.

Don't see it if you value intelligent, interesting, insightful theater. This is idiotic. Rich wh male leaves wife to live well in London. Nothing learned.

Also The women in this play get treated terribly. The decent, loving wife g... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Indulgent, Banal

See it if Some nice performances. The second act had some clever lines. The backdrop in Act 2 was gorgeous.

Don't see it if A waste of a gifted cast. Boring. Had nothing to say. Went nowhere.

Also A rare misfire by Second Stage and Tracy Letts. It was so banal, with ... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You think ANYTHING about Nebraska could be interesting

Don't see it if You want a preposterous subject spread over more than 2 hours

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 ...
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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 choosin...
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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 Fr...
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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 o...
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