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Nantucket Sleigh Ride

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Members say: Confusing, Funny, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing

About the show

John Guare and director Jerry Zaks return to LCT, where their critically acclaimed "The House of Blue Leaves" and "Six Degrees of Separation" premiered, with a new comic drama starring John Larroquette. More…

In his attempts to recover a memory of an event that happened on that ‘far away island’ 35 years before, "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" plunges a New York playwright-turned- venture capitalist (John Larroquette) into a whirlpool of a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, a murder, stranded children, and Jorge Luis Borges, with the most unexpected results. 

Member Reviews (166)


Confusing, Funny, Quirky, Great acting, Disappointing
Avg Score

Dizzying, Convoluted, Mildly amusing, Disappointing, Puzzling

See it if you like Larroquette's nonchalant acting style or Zaks' manic, madcap direction, both of whom work hard to save Guare's pointless comedy.

Don't see it if you hope for a consequential (and coherent) new play from Guare, who instead delivers a trivial, trite & tangled absurdist farce.

Great staging, Imaginative, Convoluted, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like to laugh. The absurd plot keeps revolving into unexpectedly ludicrous directions.

Don't see it if you need to fully understand everything moment by moment. This is sort of a mystery that evolves as the answers are tracked down.

If you'd like a weird but disorganized ride, climb on; otherwise ...

See it if 2 see wildly surrealistic story that shows the childhood sources of imagination in literature; very amusing J Larroquette (L)

Don't see it if slight & cartoonish; jumps from 1 fatuous story to another, if u don't get it, join the crowd (see below)

Also John Guare is 1 of giants of post-WWII American theater w his hilariou... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Confusing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a puzzle you can't solve. Very good acting and staging, witty dialogue but confusing storyline..

Don't see it if you like a straightforward plot and a story you can follow.

Also There were times I thought I understood the plot and then a twist woul... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy a well-acted "tale of the absurd" with many sight gags (huge lobster, pants have a spill on them, etc).

Don't see it if You want a more serious drama. Time goes fast at 1 hour 50 minutes including intermission.

Cute, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a very well acted play with a clever set.

Don't see it if You’re not looking for something cute and kind of adorable. There’s not a lot of meat to this one

Also Everything about this play was above average except for the writing. I... Read more Read less

Autobiographical, Farcical, Zany, A memory play, Absurdist

See it if If you loved House of Blue Leaves this is your kind of play ! The main character is a playwright named Gowery, similar to Guare ! It’s zany

Don't see it if You don’t care for drama unless everything makes sense and fits neatly into an obvious form. To enjoy this you have to let go of preconcepts

Entertaining but very sleight.

See it if You are a John Guare fan

Don't see it if You want a really sharp satire.

Disappointing, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like a quirky show with a talented cast. Occasionally funny. The acting and production were good; script is weakest part.

Don't see it if you're hoping to feel invested in the characters or concerned about what happens. It's not terrible, but kind of pointless.

Clever, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting

See it if A terrific performance by John Larroquette. If you’re a Guare fan, you’ll enjoy this, his first play in many years.

Don't see it if I found the time lines confusing, and I found it hard to follow at times. If you prefer more realistically based plays, it’s not for you.

Quirky, Dizzying, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are a fan of John Guare and give in to his whim(s). Great performances of weird material

Don't see it if you like concise self explanatory plays that have a beginning middle and end. This piece will take you on that sleighride

Zany, Great acting, Funny, Charming, Entertaining

See it if you like John Larroquette. It was great to see him on stage.

Don't see it if you expect anything deep with realistic character development.

Ambitious, Almost edgy, Nicely acted, Unnecessarily complicated

See it if You are a John Guare fan. A play about memories, real and reconceived, that goes a wild & long way round to get to conclusion.

Don't see it if A rather indulgent visit to the past. Hard to figure out just what Guare wants audience to understand & sometimes too self-conscious.

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you like the various wonderful actors in this play. An interesting script, fast paced production, one must pay attention to every word.

Don't see it if you want an easy to follow story. So confusing-what is real what is imagined what is the story who is who,hard to even say what it was about

Also Actors are excellent.

Lacking something indescribable, A whimsical, messy cyclone of ideas, A story about memory and story-telling, Semi-surreal and zany, Entertaining

See it if you like surrealism; don’t mind strange, sometimes unclear works; and can appreciate an ambiguous and uncertain series of (random?) events.

Don't see it if you're looking for exceptional realism, heartfelt drama, a clear story, or a play that is going to make you feel uplifted or enlightened.

Also Nantucket Sleigh Ride is a poor man’s version of a Tom Stoppard play w... Read more Read less

Quirky, Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if It was a puzzle, a laugh, a pull on imagination. 1st act entertaining, left me curious. 2nd was too long with too many odd twists, no end.

Don't see it if This is a big night at the theater, skip this show. You like a real ending, don't go.

Rapid fire, Wild ride, Entertaining, Confusing, Great acting

See it if Are a Guare fan like I am. Enjoy rapid fire dialogue and a wild, memory-filled ride of a play. Like interesting and fun characters.

Don't see it if You need linearity and clarity. Are offended by references to sexuality and child pornography.

Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Fan of John Guare. Reminiscent of Tom Stoppard, good and bad. John Larroquette holds his own.

Don't see it if Dizzying and exhausting.

Clever, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you like John Guare's work & admire John Larroquette. The acting is very good, but the play can be confusing. Were the kids abused?

Don't see it if you prefer a play that moves in a consistent sequence.

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see something with comic notes but very weird.

Don't see it if you do not like whimsy.

Great acting, Zany, Great staging, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if a fan of Guare or Larroquette or Swenson ... you may wonder what it all meant but actors' exuberance is infectious & may just satisfy enuf.

Don't see it if you want a straight-forward plot ground in reality; dislike frequent flights of fancy or surrealism. But if in the mood for whimsy it works!

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a really funny show was a stellar cast. The show is very different and quirky with a lot of odd moments.

Don't see it if you do not like weird plays. I would describe is as trippy at times and it sometimes did not make sense but you have to just go with it.

Quirky, Great acting, Confusing, Funny

See it if if you don't mind quirky, confusing yet entertaining plays. Larroquette makes this show worth a try.

Don't see it if you don't mind walking out thinking "what was that all about"

Funny, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Guare's humor and expertise in fashioning complicated threads is unmatched; precision casting for comedy is accomplished

Don't see it if The white upper class experience of this memory play could have limited resonance and limit empathy for characters

Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You get a good price on it..

Don't see it if If you are paying full price or close to it.

March 18th, 2019
"A play that begins with a puzzle and willfully remains one...Despite some heavy pruning and reshaping since it was first produced at the McCarter Theater in 2012, it remains, in Jerry Zaks’s zippy, overbright staging for Lincoln Center Theater, both hermitic and hermetic: obscure and airless. Th...
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March 18th, 2019
"Guare certainly hasn't lost his talent for crafting funny dialogue, although the evening's many jokes about pedophilia seem ill-advised these days...Zaks remains perfectly in tune with Guare's sensibilities, delivering a precisely calibrated staging that mines the work for all its humor...It's t...
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March 18th, 2019
"Despite a smart production director by Jerry Zaks and played to the professional hilt here by a company of game actors, the point of this absurdist farce is maddeningly elusive...Larroquette has perfected a droll, deadpan delivery that suits Guare’s under-the-radar brand of humor...But by the ti...
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March 19th, 2019
“It’s the first full-scale play that Guare has written in some time...Not to worry, though: ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ is as good as anything he’s given us. Indeed, it strikes me on first viewing that he might possibly have produced a bona fide old-age masterpiece, one in which the zest of youth is ...
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