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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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"
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
See it if you enjoy farcical, playful pieces that don't have much of a goal other than delighting you.
Don't see it if you insist on plays that have realistic, grounded plots
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.
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