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Man From Nebraska

From 33 critic and 189 member reviews
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'). 

Dated, Great acting, Slow, Funny

See it if you are interested in a middle aged white man losing his faith in God..

Don't see it if if you don't care for the experiences of a middle aged white man

Clever, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy great acting.

Don't see it if you expect to see Tracy Letts' best writing. How would one get a thousand pound block of stone into an apartment?

Great acting, Overrated, Great staging

See it if You like quirky stories

Don't see it if You don't like slow-moving dramas.

Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You want to see the typical "I lost my belief in God" drama. The terrific acting by a very talented cast saves it.

Don't see it if You are not into mid life, lost my belief in God dramas.

Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if - the story of a middle-aged man going through an existential crisis resonates with you - you're a die-hard Tracy Letts fan

Don't see it if You're unenthused by the not-so-sad story of an otherwise privileged man.


See it if you're ok with fine actors even if the play offers nothing new

Don't see it if you expect a serious play to show you a new side of some situation or issue

Great acting, Slow

See it if The scenes where the husband goes to England to "find himself" are quite fun - the dance club, art studio, hotel bar, etc...

Don't see it if ...but the beginning scenes at home with the wife are very slow-paced and sleep inducing.

Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you value good acting and an unusual take on charting a new path.

Don't see it if you are adverse to philosophical meanderings and much talk, little action.

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

See it if you want to see a Tony winner in a slow thoughtful drama about life, marriage, religion and the search for meaning. Great cast.

Don't see it if you need lots of action or you don't like dialogue and character driven pieces.

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

See it if You want to see a solid piece of theater with good writing and acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for pure entertainment - it is slow at times, but worth the time watching the character's journey.

Disappointing, Overrated, Confusing

See it if you usually like plays by Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that lose the thread of the original theme and shift mid play to something else entirely.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Riveting, Profound, Masterful

See it if You are interested in questions about art, religion, marriage. You like thought-provoking art

Don't see it if You're looking for a straightforward, feel good play.

Great acting, Disappointing ending, Staging is interesting

See it if You are a Reed Birney fan or a follower of David Cromer's work.

Don't see it if You get impatient with slow-paced plays.

Also I wanted to see this show for the reputed great acting, and it was not... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like drama and relate to a religious person that has a crisis of faith in late middle age.

Don't see it if You are looking for comedy.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You're a fan of stories that focus on life's journey.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of classic straight plays.

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if If you enjoy existential stories about religion, relationships and lifestyle.

Don't see it if if you want a fast paced traditional story and characters which are easy to predict and understand.

Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the work of Tracy Letts and the acting abilities of Reed Birney and Annette O'Toole. Cast is great.Excellent use of space on stage

Don't see it if You are expecting another "August Osage County". The play is interesting and entertaining,but not as accomplished re: plot,ending

Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Interesting

See it if you're a Reed Birney fan. You care about crisis of faith.

Don't see it if you don't need to see another story about an older white man having a crisis and going through all the cliches a privileged white man does.

Also Things only get interesting when the black female bartender calls out ... Read more Read less

Average, Implausible, Unconvincing

See it if stories of mid life crisis, faith

Don't see it if unconvincing plot and characters


See it if want a very slow moving show that explores a mans belief in god - didnt really keep my interest.

Don't see it if you need a faster pace with activity.

Absorbing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you want intense character portrayals & a show focusing on character (vs. plot) development & how each person deals with their own crises.

Don't see it if you don't want a slowly-paced play & quiet intensity. Though most gave strong performances, some moments felt oddly explosive & out of place

Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if Enjoy weighty discussions of faith but don't require any answers or even personal breakthroughs.

Don't see it if you hate pregnant pauses, slow moving and talky plays, or desire some kind of catharsis or thought-provoking ending.

Great acting, Slow, Intelligent

See it if Slow slow slow. Extremely good acting but.....Got to point I just wanted it to be over

Don't see it if You like action or humor or just not being quietly depressed

Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in an unexplained crisis of faith, and great performances, especially by Reed Birney

Don't see it if You want to see a play that more deeply explains its characters' motivations and is relatable.

Also The play is a little slow, although it has moments of humor in the Lon... Read more Read less

Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if drama and great acting

Don't see it if you want a comedy or something fast paced.

Cast & Creatives (16)