Mary Jane
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Mary Jane NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(172 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
7%
Negative
2%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

About the Show

New York Theatre Workshop presents Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog's new play about the struggles and joys of a single mother with a severely ill toddler.

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Member Reviews (172)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Great acting

See it if you like the actors, who do a great job with what is given to them. Coon brilliant.

Don't see it if you want a story, ​not a documentary. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
74
Great acting, Interesting, Informative, Overrated, Slow

See it if Great performance by Coon & Cast. Seems to be a very realistic depiction of the hardships of dealing w/ a terminally ill child.

Don't see it if A snapshot of a brief period, the story doesn't cover much ground but it does inform, at times it feels more like a documentary than a play.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Heartbreaking, Enchanting, Relevant, Profound, Lovely

See it if Beautiful, touching story about a mother's love that knows no bounds. What a rewarding experience.

Don't see it if You don't want to explore suffering and sacrifice as a source of meaning in life.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
85
Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Herzog's best work staged & acted with quiet beauty Decidedly feminist w/o preaching tackling serious moral issues evenhandedly Very moving

Don't see it if Pacing a bit slow due to medical issues/terminology Doesn't quite hit universal themes but stays in the particular Questionable ending(s)

605 Reviews | 226 Followers
81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Slow, Relevant

See it if You’re interested in very real stories and dialogue about heavy, topical issues, including healthcare and disabilities.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in depressing plays about parents dealing with sick children.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like stark playable about by difficult issues. Fantastic acting. A hyper realistic set. Thought provoking, emotional play.

Don't see it if You want something light and cheerful. This is serious and intense. Deals with difficult issues involving a very sick child.

469 Reviews | 258 Followers
97
Absorbing, Wonderful ensemble work from five great actresses, Beautifully directed by anne kauffman, Exquisite, Amy herzog's best work to date

See it if you want to see a marvelous ensemble of female actresses in what is destined to be one of the best plays of this theatre season.

Don't see it if you have problems dealing with a play about a chronically ill child.

508 Reviews | 56 Followers
78
Good acting. well done. very depressing story.

See it if You want very serious depressing drama.

Don't see it if You want an entertainment that's light.

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
September 25th, 2017

"A heartbreaker for anyone human...The play, under Kauffman’s ideally detailed direction, is not out to answer any questions. In that sense 'Mary Jane,' with its ordinary name, is a character study, an Everywoman story..But 'Mary Jane' is nevertheless a very big drama, even if its conflicts are almost never between people. They are instead between Mary Jane and her unspoken ideas about life—that is, God. To me, this makes 'Mary Jane' the most profound and harrowing of Herzog’s many fine plays."
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Time Out New York
September 25th, 2017

"There are no villains here, only people doing their best under sometimes crushing circumstances. All are rendered in lovely detail by Herzog and the five women of the cast, directed by Anne Kauffman with characteristic attention to the importance of offhand nuance...Herzog shows the strain of Mary Jane’s situation—layered with beautiful reserve by Coon—but she also succeeds in dramatizing kindness, attentiveness, honesty, connection."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 25th, 2017

"Though it’s meticulously crafted, 'Mary Jane' feels like such a recognizable slice-of-life that it’s difficult to get a sense of the urgent physical need at the heart of the piece, the thing that demands that it be a work of theater...It shows us a very hard life, and that’s pretty much all it does...What keeps 'Mary Jane' afloat is its ensemble...It’s a portrait of someone who deserves recognition, but whose story has yet to take full advantage of the power of its art form to make us see."
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New Yorker
September 29th, 2017

"Herzog’s beautiful new play...Coon is an appealing performer, but at first I was put off by her characterization—sometimes it felt as though she was working on one level, until I realized that Mary Jane hardly ever deviates from her optimism because she’s a preternaturally optimistic person...I was much more taken by Colón-Zayas and Wehle...'Mary Jane' is Herzog’s most satisfying work to date because it has verisimilitude that many contemporary realistic plays don’t."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 25th, 2017

"This beautiful new work is directed with ultra-naturalistic subtlety by Anne Kauffman...By virtue of its elegant structure, its expository economy, its gentle humor, fine-grained characterizations and knack for sharp observation cloaked in seemingly casual glimpses of a life, 'Mary Jane' sidesteps the banalities of the medical drama to become something richer...While the entire cast performs with real warmth and feeling, everything is understated and unerringly believable."
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Variety
September 25th, 2017

"Amy Herzog’s devastating new work...is must-see theater for anyone with a heart...Mary Jane is a person of many parts–and Coon respects and relates to them all...The beauty of the character and the wonder of Coon’s performance is that, through it all, Mary Jane succeeds in maintaining her upbeat nature, her life-affirming optimism, her wonderful sense of humor. Believe it or not, this play is full of laughs. They just happen to be on the morbid side."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 28th, 2017

"Ms. Coon’s new supporting cast is perfect, as is Ms. Kauffman’s discreetly compelling staging. As for the play, it is, here as in New Haven, overwhelming, a wrenching tale of everyday heroism that is all the more touching for its total lack of sentimentality. I’ve never seen a more honest portrayal of the day-to-day demands of caregiving, or a more moving tribute to a mother’s love. It might just be Ms. Herzog’s best play to date."
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Deadline
September 25th, 2017

"Coon's work in the title role of Amy Herzog’s slow burner of a play, 'Mary Jane'...coils, quietly and almost imperceptibly, to a climax that, like the death of a loved one, strips us to the core, no matter how well-prepared we think we are...Mary Jane threatens to be campaigning for sainthood, but every time she approaches a threshold, playwright and director conspire brilliantly to remind us how forcefully human she is."
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