Mother Night
Closed 2h 15m
Mother Night
67

Mother Night NYC Reviews and Tickets

67%
(18 Ratings)
Positive
50%
Mixed
33%
Negative
17%
Members say
Relevant, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

About the Show

The Custom Made Theatre Company's new adaptation of Vonnegut’s novel tells the tale of duplicitous spies, bumbling white supremacists, and an anti-hero that served "evil too well and good too secretly."

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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246 Reviews | 18 Followers
92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if faithful adaptation of the novel which asks questions of morality and the consequences of one’s actions. A must see for Vonnegut fans

Don't see it if you don't like actors playing various roles Read more

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like good writing, acting, and a very interesting story;

Don't see it if you want a light drama, a comedy, or a musical; you don't want to have to concentrate; you don't want a play that deals with Nazis

107 Reviews | 32 Followers
83
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if interested in a dramatic thought-piece on morality and the consequences of one’s actions

Don't see it if you want something light, fluffy, or funny Read more

105 Reviews | 27 Followers
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if a profound story line with very relevant and serious topics are interesting to you.

Don't see it if If you're a Kurt Vonnegut enthusiast who needs his overt outrageous satire in a very direct representation of his work.. Read more

444 Reviews | 79 Followers
81
Relevant in a lest we forget way, Vonnegut classic - great adaptation, Great lead and supporting actors

See it if Vonnegut’s satirical look-back on white nationalism reads like a seriously depressing documentary of the current administration.

Don't see it if You find it hard to see Nazis portrayed on stage mouthing hateful rhetoric, even in satire. Read more

119 Reviews | 32 Followers
75
Great acting, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You love Vonnegut or just plain dark drama.

Don't see it if Negative subject matter is too tough for you to stomach. Nazis.

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
71
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow

See it if story about an American who was a radio propagandist for the Nazis & secretly helped the CIA thru messages; white supremacists

Don't see it if want more action because this is told in form of narrative with scenes intermittently acted out; don't want stories about white supremacists Read more

100 Reviews | 18 Followers
71
Disappointing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy non-linear plots and stories about WWII.

Don't see it if You expect any of Vonnegut’s satire. I kept waiting for it to appear, but no. Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

BroadwayWorld
October 12th, 2018

“This riveting story has been superbly adapted and directed by Brian Katz. It features a talented cast that brings Vonnegut's intense tale of romance, deception, and Anti-Semitism to the stage...This riveting drama has many twists and turns...The company masters each of their roles maintaining the drama and suspense of the story..It exposes the horrors of war, treachery, and racism that have devastating effects on individuals. The story also poses ethical questions."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 12th, 2018

“The book is a dicey proposition for the theatre. Brian Katz's adaptation struggles to master a story that jumps around in time, out of order, in fragmented fashion; even if a hugely disproportionate amount of the evening is given over to static narration, Vonnegut's singular comic voice eludes translation...Katz also directed, and his slow-moving production lacks distinguished performances."
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TheaterScene.net
October 11th, 2018

"Mr. Katz’s accomplished script tackles the difficult source material that’s structured as narrated flashbacks with overall success. Katz’s staging while working on a small-scale is technically resourceful but with limited theatricality. Sluggishness pervades and most crucially the show falters with its performances...Crammed with incidents and characters and merrily imparting Vonnegut’s distinctive sensibility, this incarnation of 'Mother Night' is worthy but underwhelming."
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CurtainUp
October 12th, 2018

"Less entertaining than it is a challenge. However, it is impossible not to relate the perplexing story of Howard W. Campbell Jr. to the moral divisiveness in our country today...Grilli carries the largely narrative play, revealing Campbell's charm and persuasiveness. His likability and sympathy are easy to see when he interacts with other characters...Brian Katz's adaptation and direction of the play is a provocative portrait of a man who can be good or evil or both."
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Theatre Reviews Limited
October 10th, 2018

“Although Katz’s stage adaptation...is faithful to the novel, it cannot remove the difficulties of the original text...But the difficulty...is not the adequate adaptation, but the glaring inability of the cast to consistently deliver believable and authentic performances...The cast oddly deliver performances that portray their characters as flat or as less than interesting caricatures...One wishes the performances and direction could have been more kind to the adaptation.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 11th, 2018

"It's a mostly faithful, heavily expository, ploddingly undramatic version…While there's a lot here that makes 'Mother Night' reflective of today's aggravated political and social concerns-think Russian espionage, white nationalism, racial hatred and anti-Semitism, hatred of foreigners, and media manipulation-relevance alone is insufficient to maintain dramatic interest…A more concise, verbally trimmed, and dramatically sharpened script would have helped, just as would a better production."
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Times Square Chronicles
October 11th, 2018

"The show desperately needs to be trimmed down as it painfully drags on. There is too much exposition, though the narrated flashbacks work. Katz’s direction is clever for this small space and he uses it well. The cast is highly uneven in their performances...Ms. Lindstrom and Ms. Gallo succeed the best with their roles, but the characters are not fleshed out enough for us to care."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 11th, 2018

"Credit Katz and cast with succeeding in presenting a fascinating work in this adaptation...The drama is not only involving, but may make you want to read the novel...Vonnegut doesn’t just examine a life. He positions his characters to give meaning to what he devises dramatically...The staging is an intimate work, well-performed and directed and reminding us anew of what a creative force Vonnegut was."
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