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Plenty

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Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Intelligent

About the show

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz headlines the Public Theater revival of David Hare's WWII drama about one woman’s struggle to lead a liberated life in a repressive era. More…

A groundbreaking work by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning writer of 'Skylight' and 'The Hours,' 'Plenty' is the story of Susan Traherne, a fiercely intelligent British secret agent flown into France during World War II. Her experiences among her wartime colleagues and during the two decades that follow are distilled in powerful scenes in this endlessly layered work about a woman of remarkable bravery, who cannot find in peacetime the values and relationships she cherished in war. Directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux ('Arcadia,' 'Cyrano de Bergerac') and costarring Corey Stoll.


Member Reviews (153)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Intelligent
68
Avg Score

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Well-acted, Great set, Imperfect

See it if you're a Hare fan. I find he chooses a good premise, creates strong characters, but always gets a bit lost. Strong acting, great moving set.

Don't see it if you dislike insanity on stage. RW's performance was bumpy in those parts. Still my issues were mostly with the script. Solid production.

50
Uninvolving, Opaque, Dull

See it if you enjoy watching theater that doesn't seem interested in letting the audience get invested.

Don't see it if you don't have to.

77
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you admire David Hare's work, want to see Corey Stoll deliver a transfixing performance, enjoy metaphors about decline of Britian

Don't see it if you're hoping for a star turn from Rachel Weisz, don't know a lot about 40's-60's British system or its diplomatic system

59
Dizzying, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Intense

See it if You are a major fan of all David Hare plays. You love intense twisted hard to follow plots.

Don't see it if You can't get a seat in the front ! I was in the next to last row and found it very hard to get involved because it is very important to be

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60
Slow, Edgy, Disappointing, Poor direction, Poor execution

See it if you like this very talented cast, though there is a serious lack of chemistry; you did not see the original play with the original cast.

Don't see it if you want wonderful direction and acting, though the actors work hard; you want a meaty play that draws you into its story and characters.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You enjoy phenomenal actors working hard to make intense drama. You like the star power, you like intricate and interesting sets.

Don't see it if You don't like your plays with confusing structures that rely very heavily on the actors without letting them breath within the story.

68
Dated, Disappointing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you want to see a talented cast doing their best under poor direction. Weisz has her shining moments but other times is uncaptivating

Don't see it if you don't want to be lulled to sleep and then woken by the startling sounds of gunshots

66
Banal, Disappointing, Dated, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you want to be bored for 2 1/2 hours. I love David Hare, but this was a snooze fest. Weisz chomps the scenery without ever making us care.

Don't see it if you are expecting a good play. It is horribly dated and dull. Since I never really believed the main character, I didn't care what happened

55
Disappointing, Dizzying, Slow, Excruciating, Dated

See it if you want to see Rachel Weisz and a talented cast grapple with very challenging material. See this if you enjoy history plays.

Don't see it if you want a compelling play with a clear directorial vision. Side note: at least 3 people nearby were asleep by the middle of the first act.

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if enjoy class related dramas about British Society and a mad woman that desperately needs to fit in.

Don't see it if you are easily confused by time shifts, British slang and quirky drama

61
Distant, Not compelling, Some fine acting, Indulgent, Intense

See it if You are a Corey Stoll fan. Rachel Weisz' performance is maudlin and stagy without convincing us why we should care. Maybe the plot meant...

Don't see it if ..something more 40 years ago, but it's whiny and grim and without the political point it claims to be making. Why choose this revival?

95
Absorbing, Clever

See it if Wonderful story by David Hare first produced 35 years ago. Still relevant today with Rachel Weisz

Don't see it if Only interested in light plays

75
Slow, Intelligent, Intense, Uneven, Disappointing

See it if Rachel Weisz and/or Corey Stoll fans (although, Emily Bergl is a stand-out). If you don't mind slow pieces that require thinking-audiences.

Don't see it if unwilling to be mentally-engaged with the work and, thus, can't keep up; dislike promiscuity or (brief) nudity; prefer musicals or comedies.

87
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you want to see a great play performed by an O/S cast that shows the transition in life of a WW11 agent in France & the toll it takes on her

Don't see it if you don't like plays that required full attention and have many layers.

60
Ambitious, Dated

See it if You like David Hare, and want to see all his work. This, while well written, is not well presented, the central role in particular.

Don't see it if You are not up on you British political history of the 50-60's, and don't care.

47
Confusing, Great staging, Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're curious about a show that was noteworthy in the 1980s ... but feels oddly confused and a bit dated now.

Don't see it if You want truly engaging theater. While ostensibly about post-war ennui, felt more like a main character with undiagnosed bipolar syndrome.

69
Great acting, Great staging, Confusing, Dated

See it if You've never seen it before on stage or screen.The cast is great,particularly Rachel Weisz and Emily Bergl. The staging is very creative.

Don't see it if War { WW II } related pieces are not of interest. The plot played out over many years and was confusing at times.

55
Disappointing, Slow, Terrible direction

See it if are a fan of any of the talented actors & don't mind a not so great take of Plenty.

Don't see it if are easily bored & have great expectations of the synopsis because this production fails to deliver.

45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Yawn, Non-connective

See it if You are a David Hare fanatic.

Don't see it if You have seen earlier productions. You have tickets to something else.

Also Rarely am I disappointed in productions at The Public, but Plenty is d... Read more Read less

76
Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll.

Don't see it if Looking for something better.

69
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You would see Rachel Weiscz in anything

Don't see it if you would get irritated watching a character unravel because WWII was so much more exciting than real life - well yeah! But grow up!

89
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Resonant, Profound

See it if Rachel Weisz inhabits Susan with intensity and pathos; wonderful supporting cast

Don't see it if Scenes can be so abstract that the timeline jumps are more confusing than the script allows

79
Great acting, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if You value great acting. Everyone was good. I wanted to like it more. I'm not sure what the disconnect was.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward story, or don't enjoy period pieces.

70
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like Rachel Weisz. She was great.

Don't see it if Not much to really like.

Also I was bored. It was a very dry story that had no relevance to me. Rach... Read more Read less

72
Great acting, Clunky

See it if you LOVE Rachel Weisz and this script. Weisz is in top condition.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a long evening. Clunky scene changes draw this production out far longer than they need to.


October 24th, 2016
"This 'Plenty' feels as artificial and remote as a Mayfair melodrama from the 1920s...Much of this has to do, surprisingly, with Ms. Weisz...She never really registers as a serious threat. Nor does she break our hearts...The performances by Mr. Jennings and Mr. Stoll embody what’s best in Mr. Har...
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October 23rd, 2016
“Weisz is an absorbing and intelligent actor, and she traces Susan’s descent into mental illness with persuasive bitterness and glamour. Yet despite her fine work, 'Plenty' seems remote…Its urgency is at risk of losing force with the passage of time...Most of the creditable supporting performance...
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October 23rd, 2016
"The role’s hugeness demands a corresponding hugeness in the performer. Weisz clearly knows this, pushing hard and getting close to the mark...Susan needs to be a glamorous nightmare, and Weisz is only halfway there. In this she is not helped by Leveaux’s decidedly non-epic production...Without f...
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October 23rd, 2016
“Neither director David Leveaux nor Rachel Weisz in the lead role satisfyingly meets the challenges of this structurally complex drama...The precise reasons why the production packs so little charge are hard to define, but a dated text and a disconnect between director and material loom large amo...
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