Of Good Stock
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Of Good Stock

Of Good Stock NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Ratings)
Members say
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Slow

About the Show

The final show of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2014-15 season, Melissa Ross' new play starring Alicia Silverstone is about the fun and dysfunction of that thing we call family.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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509 Reviews | 336 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love great acting and a great set. Very entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like family dramas.

972 Reviews | 1051 Followers
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You like romantic comedy or "chick flicks". It's a nice story with comedic and dramatic moments. Fully entertaining

Don't see it if You don't like chick flicks

156 Reviews | 204 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Original, Resonant, Slow

See it if like a good family story with humor

Don't see it if you don't like silly family stories

93 Reviews | 36 Followers
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Great staging

See it if Youb are interested in family dramas. I liked Alicia's role of a spoiled female the least. Stereoytyped character.

Don't see it if You like smaller theaters with nice staging and personal shows

399 Reviews | 205 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if A sad and touching story. Its family issues should resonate with many.

Don't see it if You're not particularly interested in the joys and sorrows of upper-middle-class New York families.

97 Reviews | 102 Followers
Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something new and different

Don't see it if you're not open to off Broadway, off beat plays

995 Reviews | 947 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Well written story. Well acted. Touching and funny.

Don't see it if you don't care that much about women's stories.

1108 Reviews | 377 Followers
Banal, Disappointing, Annoying, Insipid, Boring

See it if you want to gawk at Silverstone. The script was truly awful. Nothing funny, insightful, or believable to be found. No strong acting, either

Don't see it if idiotic behavior drives you crazy. This play is chock-full of idiotic behavior. The word "Good" does not deserve to be in the title. Read more

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
June 30th, 2015

"'Of Good Stock,' actually feels like a better-than-average chick flick — well acted, smoothly paced, occasionally touching and, for those who indulge in such forms of reassurance, as comforting as a quart of mint chocolate chip ice cream, eaten straight from the container...Some of the dialogue here could slide easily into pretty much any dysfunctional family sitcom of the last decade or so...Otherwise, you laugh, you cry, you yawn. There’s nothing taxing or revelatory about 'Of Good Stock'.”
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Time Out New York
June 30th, 2015

"In 'Of Good Stock', directed by Lynne Meadow for MTC, rising writer Melissa Ross mixes in some laughs and insight, but overdoes it on the tears, clichés and whining...The play looks great; you may wish you could live in Santo Loquasto’s fancy rotating beachside home set. But although it’s presented in a designer package, 'Of Good Stock' is off-the-rack family dysfunction."
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July 1st, 2015

"Chekhov meets Beth Henley in 'Of Good Stock', Melissa Ross’ melodramedy...With its tiresome jokes, Ross’ play takes way too much digging to unearth an underlying richness...The best thing about 'Of Good Stock' is the ending, which, it turns out, is no ending at all. It seems to end in mid-sentence, or mid-action, which I took to be the attitude of a realist-optimist. A sweet touch."
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New York Daily News
June 30th, 2015

"Tinny and hollow comedy...This work feels undercooked and tolls with phony baloney...There’s only so much director Lynne Meadow can do when the script falters. She keeps the pacing up and wraps the show in handsome style. That’s become a recurring Manhattan Theatre Club hallmark — productions that look better than they play."
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June 30th, 2015

"Hell is spending a weekend with the three irritating Stockton sisters who strut and fret in Melissa Ross’s busy but fruitless family drama, 'Of Good Stock.' Director Lynne Meadow’s production is smartly cast and easy on the eye. But everyone in this unpleasant family of narcissists is consumed with herself, and their histrionic posturing is exhausting."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 30th, 2015

"Has a distressing air of familiarity in its depiction of a trio of squabbling siblings whose respective emotional issues are endlessly and loudly expressed. It may be cathartic for the characters, but for the audience, not so much...The evening is not always as painful as it sounds. Ross displays a flair for writing sharply funny dialogue, and the performances are generally fine, although Silverstone overdoes her character's narcissistic traits."
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New York Post
June 30th, 2015

"An overwritten-yet-undercooked show where emotions are eclipsed by a ridiculously intricate rotating set...Half the dialogue feels as if it’d been cooked up by a 60-year-old trying hard to sound hip rather than by an actual young woman three years out of Juilliard...Sadly, these misfires bury the play’s genuine kernels of gravitas...The actors are the production’s saving grace."
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Entertainment Weekly
June 30th, 2015

"Playwright Ross’ quips give 'Of Good Stock' the engaging feel of a good sitcom, though the jokes are particularly suited to an NYC audience... It is only during the sisters’ climactic airing-of-the-grievances stretch where the play begins to feel longer than its breezy two hours. (Silverstone’s eventual meltdown may put a lump in your throat as it crescendos, but the scene drags on far too long.) Still, the skilled performers elevate a potentially 'Stock' setup to a relatable and thoroughly entertaining experience."
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