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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'). 

During previews
Great acting, Overrated, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like T. Letts' writing.

Don't see it if a man living in the middle of the country who is past his prime, wants to find himself. Returns home and is no closer to an answer, but

Also expects to be accepted back by family.

During previews
Revival, Oddly newly relevant, Lacking in affect, A bit disjointed

See it if The curse of the white middle American almost comes to life and reminds us who may have voted Republican. Who's interested in a crisis of...

Don't see it if if the sufferer is inarticulate? Some clever staging, a few decent actors, but frosty direction hampers emotional connection.

During previews
Disappointing, Great acting, Dull,

See it if You take every opportunity to see Reed Birney act, or David Cromer direct. Tracey Letts is the play write, too.

Don't see it if Given the excellent talent mentioned above you will be disappointed by a lack of insight and insufficient development of motivation. I was.

During previews
Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You can handle depression and slivers of mean spirited lines thrown into the mix. Acting is great, but must be tough to do 8 times a week.

Don't see it if You think you're going to a feel-good play.

During previews
Disappointing, Ambitious, Wonderful reed birney, Great staging, Tracy letts letdown

See it if You would like to see a talented playwright tackle an issue (atheism/challenge of faith) not tailor made for theatrical treatment.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play about a provincial man stuck in a routine life who loses faith in God & flies off to London to deal with it

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Boring

See it if You like very slow moving plots that seem to take forever to get on a forward track. You enjoy plays about religious faith.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy watching excruciatingly slow plots about middle aged people trying to "find themselves".

During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if you're a Reed Birney fan. He's fine; but, not terribly interesting.

Don't see it if you have some kind of high expectations. A very bland and not always sense making play with too long and too many scene changes.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You enjoy stories that discuss religion and faith and boredom amongst middle American white people.

Don't see it if You don't like slow talking plays or you prefer to actually feel concerned or care about the main characters.

During previews
Nascent, Disappointing, Wan

See it if if you want to see the draft of a play that asks an intriguing question and provides some bits of humor along the way.

Don't see it if you expect a finished play that deeply explores some of man's eternal questions with new insights or ideas.

Also This play has the potential to be absorbing. Some of the writing is go... 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
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
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

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Tracy Letts' writing. It's a quiet play that has large gaps of silence. With the wrong cast it would fall apart. great cast!

Don't see it if Granted I'd read the play many times but it took a long time for the play to go where you knew it was going. the final image wasnt necessary

Also I really liked the play and have been waiting to see it for a while. C... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Slow

See it if You're a fan of existential comedy dramas.

Don't see it if You don't like silence on stage. Many scenes were completely silent and difficult to sit through.

Cast & Creatives (16)