Pay The Writer
Ends Sep 30 1h 50m
Pay The Writer

Pay The Writer NYC Reviews and Tickets

(448 Reviews)
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Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Slow, Clever

About the Show

A new comedy-drama exploring the lives of a literary agent and his successful yet complex clients.

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Member Reviews (448)

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235 Reviews | 39 Followers
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Eloquently wordy, An ode to the gift of writing

See it if You enjoy plays about writers whose intellectual gifts are celebrated but whose personal lives don’t come close to measuring up.Trauma sells

Don't see it if You prefer less complicated plays or musicals. Read more

115 Reviews | 47 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you like shows that explore lifetime relationships and how the artist mind responds. Great acting and both humor and pathos.

Don't see it if If you want high physical actions, and big tech shows. Read more

143 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like compelling story with excellent, seasoned actors

Don't see it if You want a splashy musical type of show

239 Reviews | 60 Followers
Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you'd like a marvelous play about the lifelong friendship of a successful writer and his faithful agent, the writer's personal life & family

Don't see it if if you don't like drama's about lifelong friendships/interactions or don't like 2-hour plays without intermission. Read more

462 Reviews | 86 Followers
Clever, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you are a FAN of Bryan Batt and/or Marcia Cross or just looking for an INTERESTING play about a man reflecting back on his life.

Don't see it if sitting through an hour and fifty minute play without an intermission is a problem for you. Read more

313 Reviews | 61 Followers
Clever, Slow, Romantic, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Of course for the lead actors, but, the supporting cast is good as well. The daughter, played by Danielle J. Summons, was wonderful. Marcia

Don't see it if Cross! What can I say? She’s a timeless gem 💎. Bryan Batt and Ron Canada are wonderful as coworkers/ best friends. There is a lot of good Read more

325 Reviews | 38 Followers
Great writing, Great acting and writing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You like portraits and plot revealed through vignettes with other family members/friends And the different perspectives each holds

Don't see it if You prefer fluff. This is a smartly written bittersweet exploration @ what gives us meaning and how we are remembered How we see /are seen

58 Reviews | 21 Followers
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if I adored the play. The writing and the actors. Marcia was out but her understudy was great!

Don't see it if See it but it is 2 hours with no break don't drink any fluid! Loved the whole cast it was an emotional roller-coaster. It is about relations Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

New Yorker
August 22nd, 2023

"O’Dell and the director, Karen Carpenter, throw one emotional punch after another; most of them land, but the barrage may leave you reeling. Thankfully, a talented cast, particularly Bryan Batt as Holt’s agent, is there to prop you up."
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The Wall Street Journal
August 24th, 2023

The title ‘Pay the Writer’ might seem to indicate a ripped-from-the-headlines play about Hollywood strikes. Unfortunately, no. Watching Fran Drescher square off with the studio bigwigs would probably have more sizzle than this slick but glib drama about a literary lion in late winter...The toggling between time periods, with Bruston providing great gusts of transitional narration, tends to drain the play of momentum.”
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August 21st, 2023

“None of it is enough to make ‘Pay the Writer’ a story audiences will much care about. For all the personality the actors bring to their characters, this is still a play about a writer and his agent — navel-gazing inside baseball of the worst variety.”
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Lighting & Sound America
August 21st, 2023

“As a novelist, Tawni O'Dell has scaled the best-seller list and been welcomed into the golden circle of Oprah's Book Club. As a playwright, she has a long way to go before similar accolades come her way... Pay the Writer is a rambling, unfocused, undramatic account of the torments of being a successful novelist. Well, write what you know, I suppose, although, since O'Dell is not an aging, ailing Black man ravaged by Norman Mailer-ish excesses, she may be stretching things a bit. This probably accounts for the unremitting tone of falsity that underlines the play's action.”
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Talkin' Broadway
August 22nd, 2023

“Indeed, for a work about writing, publishing, and literary legacies, there is a certain amount of irony that after attending ‘Pay the Writer,’ I was mostly thinking about the actors.”
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August 25th, 2023

Directed by Karen Carpenter, "Pay the Writer" by best-selling novelist Tawni O’Dell is slick and superficial but entertaining and engrossing. The story of the 45 year friendship between an ultimately successful gay literary agent and an unknown African American novelist who becomes celebrated and wealthy plays like a novel or mini-series with its 13 scenes and many two-character encounters but is ultimately satisfying by its denouement. The high powered cast plays it to the hilt, belying the fact that the characters are superficial and stereotyped, which, of course, doesn’t make it untrue.
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Theater Pizzazz
August 22nd, 2023

“The title ‘Pay the Writer’ has a timeliness to it due to the current strike between the motion picture studios and members of the Writers Guild of America. That situation has nothing to do with this play, but it being the mantra of the striking writers can’t help but permeate the discussion of what a writer is worth.”
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Front Row Center
September 1st, 2023

“These are all excellent toe holds for a story, but the script is on the flat side. It moseys along with very little action and a lot of reminiscing. A lot of exposition. A lot of explaining...Lots of laughs and a few sighs of empathy as Bruston guided us through what was really his story all along...On the night in question the show I saw disappointed my high hopes.”
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