Posting Letters to the Moon
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Posting Letters to the Moon
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Posting Letters to the Moon NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(15 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
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Negative
7%
Members say
Romantic, Delightful, Enchanting, Absorbing, Intelligent

About the Show

A romantic, comic, and touching portrait of life during the early 1940s featuring readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming.

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Heart-warming, Inspiring, Well read, Barebones, Charming

See it if you are interested in British life during WWII. Engaging reminder of sacrifices by brave, good people. Letters well read. Some projections.

Don't see it if you want somethg big. PLTM is modest in prodn values, but packs a punch. Truly lovely. Perfect for Anglophiles. Humor/loss/love/drudgery.

82
Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if If you like a well written, well acted play that is based on letters written during war time. Very moving

Don't see it if If you did not like A R Gurney s love letters or a show like it.

Critic Reviews (12)

BroadwayWorld
May 20th, 2019

"Metro area audiences will relish the opportunity to see this show that is an insight into the lives of two very interesting people and a reflection of the times...Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams' performance is splendid. They capture the genuine feeling of the letters and provide an informative narrative to round out the story. There are also projections that add to personal and historical moments."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 20th, 2019

"Anyone looking for a civilized ninety minutes of adult amusement can't go wrong with this lovely, casual piece...That these letters are being read by Celia and Peter's daughter and son-in-law only adds to the poignancy of the experience...Both stars are relaxed, engaging personalities, with the effortless charm of longtime professionals. There are many more spectacular evenings in town, but not many as enjoyable."
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Theater News Online
May 23rd, 2019

"It’s a rare and heartening experience to get reacquainted, on a quite personal level, with British film star Celia Johnson...You couldn’t really call this production a play. It’s a reading, supplemented with interjections and projections. However, this particular pair brings two extraordinary lives back to life, and you get to share in the intimate memories, amid an audience of rapt listeners. If this is not drama in the classical sense, it comes close enough."
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TheaterScene.net
May 22nd, 2019

"The epistolary 'Posting Letters to the Moon' may, on the face of it, make one think of A. R. Gurney's 'Love Letters' or Helene Hanff's '84 Charing Cross Road.' But unlike those two memorable plays, 'PLTTM' as 'compiled' by Lucy Fleming, whose mother was the British actress Celia Johnson and whose father Peter Fleming was a travel writer--as well as the older brother of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming--never really tells a story nor conveys what her parents' relationship was like."
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Theatre is Easy
May 31st, 2019

“’Posting Letters to the Moon’ isn’t a play. It’s almost the format of a lecture...However, unlike a rigid lecture, this show carries the energy of an afternoon chat over a cuppa...The letters are witty and full of charm, joyous even during the darkest times...My main criticism of the evening is of the music...It doesn't enhance the storytelling...I wish there'd have been more of a complex, dramatic moment with the music, or simply none at all...This is nevertheless powerful storytelling.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
May 28th, 2019

"A slight epistolary play, both amusing and touching…Within the interstices of the letters, filled with obviously sincere terms of endearment that attest to their mutual love, we hear of the kind of everyday activities and events that filled Celia's days, along with comments on the films in she was acting. Laughter strikes now and then, especially when something off-color is discretely alluded to….Most interesting…are the letters describing the filming of 'Brief Encounter.'"
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TheaterScene.com
May 24th, 2019

“It is tender, occasionally funny, and quietly hypnotic. And it’s all told via letters...The letters are carefully curated for maximum emotional punch. The duo has a chemistry all their own, which makes this family affair even more touching...What makes ‘Postings To The Moon’ so memorable is their deep love for each other. It shines through on every page...The 'Postings’ tone is self-aware and hopeful. This slyly humorous and genuinely compelling story has us cheering for the Flemings.”
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Epoch Times
May 22nd, 2019

“Through letters the audience gets an understanding of exactly who Celia and Peter were. The correspondence offers insights...Through the use of still photographs and the excellent delivery by Williams and Fleming, the show brings forth not only the feelings Celia and Peter had for one another, but also the dangerous times in which these letters were written...If there is any complaint about the show, it’s that it feels too short.”
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Plays to See
May 26th, 2019

“Fleming and her husband, Williams, deliver this fascinating love story with thoughtfulness, pride, and creativity. It’s an unforgettable, poignant look at the war, family, the wrenching moments of separation and loss, and finally, joy...Fleming and Williams have done a masterful job of pulling the meat out of her parents’ letters, illustrating not only the randomness madness of war but the banality and beauty of home...The piece has a beautifully executed arc.”
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Off Off Online
May 23rd, 2019

"Lucy Fleming and Williams give warm and talented performances, as one can imagine they would, reading from her family’s history and sharing their treasures. It is an evening that takes us back to the lost and sentimental art of letter writing—where one can listen to great lines such as, 'Saying goodbye is a thing one gets worse and worse at with practice.'"
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T
January 19th, 2018
For a previous production

“What a lovely, love-filled, heartwarming evening you will have with...This charming legacy of a show...Huge congrats to Fleming and Williams – and their family – for sharing these letters in such a generous way...This evening served extraordinarily well to remind me of the astounding strength of human resilience in the face of appalling adversities...But there is no self-pity...These letters burst bright with compassion."
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British Theatre Guide
March 1st, 2017
For a previous production

“This intimate and simply spellbinding performance...Lucy, along with...Williams, recites extracts from the letters revealing family news, a little backstage gossip, bags of humour and—above all—an abundance of love and affection between two ordinary people caught in extraordinary times...Twitter or e-mail exchanges are unlikely to provide us with quite such a restrained or revealing slice of social history....It was that kind of evening, one of sharing in another family’s heartfelt love.”
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