Manhattan Theatre Club presents John Patrick Shanley's world premiere starring Robert Sean Leonard about a 17-year-old from the Bronx attending a private school in New Hampshire. More…
'Prodigal Son' is a portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction. A 17-year-old boy from The Bronx finds himself suddenly in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? Shanley directs his new play, and Robert Sean Leonard stars.
See it if you're up for strong performances in a talky play. Set in an all-boy Catholic school in 1966, the play stacks the deck for the young "hero".
Don't see it if you want engaging moral and philosophical discussions. This is the playwright's show-off autobio: see how great I turned out
See it if It is a must see not only for the question re: morals but to see a star in his youth. 20 year old Timothee Chalmet is superb.. Let us watch
Don't see it if you want fluff.
See it if you like coming of age stories, interested in the playwright's teenage years, like stories set in boarding schools, great acting debuts
Don't see it if you expect consistent characterizations, last minute unfair twists, are a fan of Robert Sean Leonard
See it if Anyone would like this show. I think that people in their teens and twenties would love it but I'm 54 and I loved it too.
Don't see it if Everyone would like it
See it if you want to take a nap. The whole show is about making the world see this "great young actor". He was ok but way over did it
Don't see it if This is the worst show I have seen all year. there is nothing good about it.
See it if you enjoy a drama with clever characters, lots of twists and an open ended ending.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy becoming part of the characters' lives, or if you want to know a final outcome to the story.
See it if You like hearing Holden Cauffield-like whining. Timothée Chalamet gives an interesting and thought-out performance.
Don't see it if you find teenage angst tiresome and whiny.
See it if You want to see a performance by Timothée Chalamet before he becomes a big theatre star.
Don't see it if You want to see something more than a Catcher in the Rye rip-off. There was also some gay revelation I found offensive.
See it if you like John Patrick Shanley's great dialogue and story-telling. Timothee, the young boy is a fresh, refreshing, and talented new face
Don't see it if you're overly Catholic, sensitive about being catholic, or don't enjoy an interesting, autobiographical coming of age/growing up story.
See it if you want to be impressed with intelligent, expressive acting and thought-provoking questions about the nature of life and destiny
Don't see it if you want to have all of your questions answered at the end
See it if you love John Patrick Shanley -- and if you like boy's school dramas. The fugue of past, present and future at the end is masterful writing.
Don't see it if don't like interior dramas without much outward action. -- or if you don't want to see an extraordinary performance from a gifted young man.
See it if you like John Patrick Shanley's writing and have ever wondered what he must've been like as a teenager. Fantastic performances all around.
Don't see it if you think you might be put off by the occasional uneven, slow, or offensive bit.
See it if you enjoy coming of age stories. The playwright explores his with this play.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy coming of age stories or are looking for a diverse cast.
See it if ...you love Shanley's work. ...you love plays that have a spiritual component. ....you love a complex and nuanced exploration of teen years.
Don't see it if ...you are looking for a yuk fest.
See it if ...you like coming-of-age bio-dramas, intense scenes of teen angst & confusion, & great acting by Robert Sean Leonard & Timothee Chalamet.
Don't see it if ...you're bored by autobiographical memoirs & tales of teen angst and are not a fan of Robert Sean Leonard or plays by John Patrick Shanley.
See it if You enjoy plays dealing with teenage angst and you don't mind a few extra plot twists that don't go anywhere.
Don't see it if You expect a well constructed play from a respected playwright. Very disappointing.