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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'). 

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you have patience to sit through a thoughtful, slow presentation of a spiritual crisis which occurs during the progression of mundane life.

Don't see it if you need a clear active story. Cromer's direction is purposefully slow which lends to the heaviness of the play. Quieter than Lett's others

Also Reed Birney gives a masterful performance in a play that may not be fo... Read more Read less

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

See it if you love Reed Birney.

Don't see it if you want to be blown away by a great Tracy Letts play. Not as compelling as some of his later plays.

Fluffy, Slow, Sweet

See it if You enjoy sentimentalism, mid-life crisis drama, Midwest life. Beautiful set & lighting (at times).

Don't see it if You are unsympathetic toward a white, middle American man's mid-life religious crisis.

Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Reed Birney. He's great in everything and this is no exception! It's a well-staged production, just not super relevant.

Don't see it if you can't handle slow. You have to stick it out. Act 2 is much better than Act 1.

Edgy, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You want to see Reed Birney give a master class in acting. It is a mid-life crisis play.

Don't see it if You want something fast paced with lots of action. The play is very slow at times. I found myself confused by some of the action.

Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if Enjoy Reed Birney. He's wonderful as always.

Don't see it if Expecting something similar to August Osage County. Couldn't be more different in style or plotting.

Great acting, Disappointing, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you are looking for great acting and direction

Don't see it if This was not Lett's best work. The play has taken 15 years to get to New York. I can see why

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if if you enjoy productions about exploring the questions of life, your beliefs & convictions. You enjoy a slow reveal .

Don't see it if If your interested in fast paced, highly charged theatre with a clear resolution.

Confusing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if great staging is your thing

Don't see it if you are looking for deep and provoking meaning

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if you always wanted to see the actress whose character on Younger claimed to love truffle butter. You are a Reed Birney fan - he's fantastic,

Don't see it if you don't like shows that leave questions unanswered

Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Curious about Letts before Osage County and an ensemble of fine performances (Nana Mensah, well done!)

Don't see it if Questions raised but not dramatically confronted. Last of the Red Hot Lovers as seen from Omaha. Unconvincing mid-life crisis play.

Slow, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Vacuous

See it if you like Reed Birney (I do);u like shows that leave a lot to think about; like shows that ponder ideas;

Don't see it if you like defined plots; like action; like resolution; don't like wandering, thought-provoking, empty dialogue; expect something to happen

Also For Tracy Letts - it was a let-down. Perhaps after August, Osage Count... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if You have a serious connection to your faith and are intrigued by someone who loses their faith. For Reed Birney and the cast.

Don't see it if I just didn't really care about an older white guy who loses his faith. As an atheist, I just didn't care for this show.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if The rebuilding of a man's spiritual house will put you in awe of creation. Excellent direction implants story ideas better than the script.

Don't see it if Watching simple lives crumble is too Inge for U. Tracy tries to manifest the sublime but lets us down by retreating into domestic strife.

Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Introspective

See it if the great cast will balance out a long set up, and for me, an unrealistic route to a resolution

Don't see it if you don't already have a ticket

Disappointing, Edgy, Slow

See it if you want to be taken to another place in life.

Don't see it if you want a consistent show. It gets slow at some parts.

Pointless, well acted, disappointing, slow but mostly just why bother.

See it if I'm not sure who should see it. It wasn't horrid, nothing bad or offensive- I just didn't care. No questions asked or answered.

Don't see it if You want to be engaged. If you are sensitive to to a whole cadre of folks moving furniture around to create "sets".

Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Reed Birney. He is exquisite. His journey is riveting and thought-provoking. His part is well acted and written.

Don't see it if you expect great writing and acting. The daughter was poorly written and the wife was not as complex as Reed. I was disappointed overall.

Disappointing, Resonant, Slow

See it if If you are a fan of Reed Birney, you'll want to see him in this play; otherwise, you can skip this one. Promising start that unwinds fast

Don't see it if A rather clumsy, predictable drama that should have had more to say about its subject but fails to deliver. Boring writing and direction.

Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see a show about a man's crisis of faith that has him abandoning his family.

Don't see it if You mind watching boring characters on the stage.

Great acting, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a big Reed Birney fan - his performance is excellent

Don't see it if you want to see a well-written female character; good dialogue is important to you

Disappointing, Slow, Sexist, Self-indulgent

See it if you want to see the older male version of Eat, Pray, Love. You have to see anything by Tracy Letts.

Don't see it if you don't care for self-centered people who think the world is only about them & don't care who's hurt in their quest to "find themselves."

Also I love Reed Birney, who plays the main character, but even he couldn't... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Episodic, Vague, Well acted, Very dark

See it if you want to see a middle American man in a mid-life crisis with little revealed about the nature of that crisis or its outcome.

Don't see it if expect a play that provides insight into religious belief or efforts to change your life style - the main topics raised and unexplored.

Disappointing, Great acting

See it if can believe in the the unbelievable reaction to a man in his mid life crisis.

Don't see it if you want to leave in a good mood or feel good in the thoughts that you spent money to see this show.....

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if you get free tickets or have a friend in the show. It's not bad, just not worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play about the meaning of God or religion. There is no serious discussion of either. Plot is contrived and implausible

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