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 Powerful, raw, real exploration of the end-of-life of a 90-yr old woman & the complicated, sad & messy dynamics of her caretaking children.
Don't see it if Saw 1st preview; needs trimming. If you have experienced aging parent/hospice issues, you will find it real & very emotional to watch.
See it if you want to see a play about fighting siblings assigned to watch their mother's home hospice & all their dirty laundry aired out to us.
Don't see it if you don't want to see the ugliness of a family waiting for a parent to die, & all the jealousies & hate coming out among them over her care.
See it if you want to see some terrific acting in a vivid presentation of end-of-life issues. And Lois Smith is wonderful, as always.
Don't see it if you're looking for a believable depiction with sympathetic characters. Too long, too many confrontational scenes.
See it if See great acting that everyone can probably relate too. And from a first-time playwright which makes one feel in on a great career ahead.
Don't see it if Tough to take as it makes one think of one's own mortality and family dynamics. Skip it if looking for something light.
See it if the only reason anyone should consider seeing this play is Lois Smith, a national treasure who is disserved by the play.
Don't see it if the characters don't feel real & there's no reason to care about them; the play is way too long; the multiple conflicts are artificial;
See it if for Lois Smith's great performance or for a dramatization of matters of end of life, the elderly and family.
Don't see it if hospice care and end of life issues are not your cup of tea for entertainment.
See it if Lois Smith fan. Fan of anyone in show. Fan of multi level sets or Signature Center venue.
Don't see it if You simply cannot watch a woman die for three hours. Not a fun weekend event. Morbid, creepy, distasteful and highly depressing.
See it if Good acting in play about relevant issue. Grand daughters both particularly good
Don't see it if Do not want to be totally depressed. Dealing with End of life of mother in a particularly disfunctional family
See it if Don't . An over-long dysfunctional family drama ... with all the adult children waiting for the matriarch (well-played by Lois Smith) to die
Don't see it if 2.5 hours of bickering, mostly over money and/or who will provide in-home care for (the supposedly near-death) Mary. Peace at last.
See it if you are a huge Lois Smith fan or if you want to see how good actors can take a bad play and make it almost watchable.
Don't see it if you're expecting a play as good as "Marjorie Prime" or "John"
See it if the theme of taking care of a dying old loved one speaks to you enough that you're willing to sit for 3 hours to see it unravel in real time
Don't see it if you've seen family dramas around this topic before, are bored with repetitive plays, or have a short attention span.
See it if for Lois Smith, whom the New York Times accurately described as "reliably magnificent", and good performances by several other cast members.
Don't see it if you don't want to spend almost three hours watching family members gnaw on the same old grievances over and over, like a dog with a bone.
See it if I liked it a great deal since each of us knows a family member or someone who has been in an end of life situation.
Don't see it if you cannot deal with end of life issues, a dysfunctional family setting, hospice care or terminal illness.
See it if You love great naturalistic acting in a good ensemble. Intense, raw,family drama with real humor. Lois Smith threw in some lol zingers!
Don't see it if You don't care for powerful family drama around a 90yo woman who decides to die at home sans pain.. If you want light entertainment.
See it if If you've been present during someone's final days or expect to be soon, this play contains virtually every wrenching moment you'll have.
Don't see it if You don't want to live thru the experience of a family's pain and conflict during the mother's final days. It's a tough one.
See it if You are interested in end of life issues and want to see a family that is probably more dysfunctional than the one you grew up in.
Don't see it if You don't want to confront end of life issues. It is a very intense show with a lot of yelling. But there is also a lot of laughter.
See it if Where to begin? If you're into watching disintegrating dsyfunctional families rally around a dying matriarch with lots of fighting, enjoy!
Don't see it if If you're not into tedious, too-long dramas that feature obnoxious characters and an unsatisfying endings.
See it if you must see everything Ms. Lois Smith does (and who would question you on that?) or end of life family dramas are your genre
Don't see it if you do not fall into either of the two categories above
See it if You're sensitive to/familiar with family drama surrounding hospice. To stay engaged for the long run-time, you need to care about the topic.
Don't see it if If you aren't in a place to invest in this topic emotionally. This isn't light entertainment, but it feels very real.
See it if You enjoy family dramas. This is a great cast; so many wonderful moments between characters.
Don't see it if If you're going through family drama, this show may be triggering for you. Some scenes could use revision, as pacing could get little slow.
See it if you want to watch a mother die while her adult children show their true colors. A slow death for Mary Frances and the audience.
Don't see it if you love good theater which this absolutely wasn't. Hate to pan it so badly but it deserves it!!