Lois Smith stars in the New Group's new wrenching and caustically funny portrait of an American family in crisis. More…
Mary Frances has lived a good life; she's ninety years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to die peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Her dream collides with reality as three generations of explosive women flood her small New England home to battle for their family’s legacy. Mary Frances must navigate the volatile relationships of the children she raised -- or die trying. Lois Smith stars as a tenacious survivor, struggling to break the bonds that tie her to this life.
See it if If you want to see a dysfunctional family with a dying matriarch. Some good acting.
Don't see it if Directing here is to heavy, actors to confined . Vey slow at times, to long of a show. A show that deals with hospice not for everyone. Dark
See it if Zzzz... you want to see an excellent cast... Zzzz... portray a routine family... Zzzz... dealing w/the slow death of the matriarch... Zzzz..
Don't see it if you have any hopes that the great Lois Smith or the accomplished Lila Neugebauer can inject life into this prosaic, uninspired borefest.
See it if A superlative cast led by Smith cannot resuscitate this DOA drama Lacks a strong dramatic arc & is often repetitious Colorless direction
Don't see it if Despite such potent topics as end of life hospice & unresolved middle-age sibling rivalry, drama is over long, unshaped & grows tedious
See it if Great cast (not a weak link) Endorsement for a one child family. A must for those of a certain age.
Don't see it if Set and the ensuing sight lines are a problem.. a nice attempt but maybe created with another stage in mind. At times some dialogue is lost
See it if New Group assembles famed female-driven cast as only they can. Dying matriarch unravels family. Exceedingly good Smith-Cameron as always.
Don't see it if Dour circumstances in poorly written play. "August Osage" w/ a darker cloud and fewer steps. The female performances shine throughout.
See it if You love Lois Smith and are okay with depressing plays.
Don't see it if A play about a semi-dysfunctional family caring for a family member in hospice would hit way too close to home and be upsetting.
See it if you enjoy a drama about a woman dying among her dysfunctional family. Acting was good and set very well used. See if Lois Smith fan.
Don't see it if you do not like to see a play about an elderly person dying and talk about the process of dying or see another dysfunctional family.
See it if you are interested in the best & worst that dying can bring out, specifically in a dysfunctional family; great acting; absorbing.
Don't see it if peace comes slowly for Mary Frances - a little editing would go a long ways. The 2 male characters are weak, but I guess that's the point.
See it if You ever had sibling disagreements while caring for an elderly parent. To see Lois Smith as a mother trying to hold her family together.
Don't see it if You dislike slow moving plays that go on long after the main point has been made. Have recently suffered a parental loss.
See it if Want to hear details about death, dying, drug addiction through the eyes of a dysfunctional family. Are a diehard Lois Smith fan, I guess.
Don't see it if Need some kind of bearable plot, a story arc, want at least a few characters to be likable, have had a loved person in hospice care.
See it if You like shows that deal with dysfunctional families. If you like August Osage County you will also like this
Don't see it if If you need some of your characters to be good hearted people. Everyone is good and bad but these people are mostly bad
See it if A raw, true to life exploration of how an elder’s final days affect their entire family. Brilliant performances.
Don't see it if The second act was slow in places.
See it if If you enjoy disfunctional family dramas and elder care issues or are a fan of Lois Smith
Don't see it if If you want a well developed storyline and belivable characters.
See it if you want to see another great performance by Lois Smith. Play kind of rambles, but the topic is important.
Don't see it if you find plays about dying depressing
See it if you enjoy end of life drama's set in a hospice at home scenario. Lois Smith shines as do Day and Smith-Cameron
Don't see it if you enjoy cohesive even keeled dramas
See it if dysfunctional family and dying mother, some funny & some touching moments; with aging population issues of end-of-life care are important
Don't see it if very, very slow; many characters with many issues - too much going on; actors good but characters not really developed
See it if A fan of Lois Smith & ensemble directed by Neugebauer. Overly long realistic,play of a dying woman and dysfunctional family.
Don't see it if If you perfer light dramas. Not for the faint of heart or those who had a recent experience with death of a loved one and hospice .
See it if You are 'dying' to see Lois Smith, but even her character is so badly written and directed....
Don't see it if You have even moderate expectations of believable characters or storytelling. This is a sad, sad play and production.
See it if a fan of Lois Smith or topic of siblings coping with impending loss of parent (in talk-back, audience hailed relatability to own experience)
Don't see it if averse to scenarios of immature, unlikable adult siblings engaged in unhealthy, stagnant dynamic that drags; hospice; enigmatic matriarch.
See it if You’re okay with “tough” theater. It explores death, addiction, family dysfunction, and end-of-life issues in a challenging absorbing play.
Don't see it if You want a “finished” product. It felt like a work in progress, with several themes left unexplored. But, it stimulated a lot of discussion.
See it if you like depressing plays about dying and family squabbles.
Don't see it if you want to see a well written play with proper dramatic structure. Don't see it if you are looking for a light fast moving funny play.
See it if you love wonderful Lois Smith enough to sit through a banal, endless play, with some other good actors, esp. J. Smith Cameron
Don't see it if you have anything else to do with (almost) three hours of your life.
See it if you are such a fan of Lois Smith and the other actors (who are excellent) that you can endure an overlong, irritating and aimless play.
Don't see it if you like family drama to feature deft drama and an interesting family.
See it if you like an intense slice of real-life family drama with phenomenal acting and brutally honest portrayals. A DO NOT MISS PRODUCTION
Don't see it if you are triggered by family crisis involving the lingering death of the matriarch or if you dislike theatre with a decidedly sad demeanor.