Already closed | 3h 0m | Upper W Side


From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

About the show

Martyna Majok's ('Ironbound') new drama, about the lives of two generations of immigrant women that collide in a basement apartment, comes to Lincoln Center.  More…

When the choices they’ve made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: what cannot – and should not – be left behind?  

3h 0m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (52)


Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Majok's magic: hear the complex voices of new immigrants not often heard, supporting or tearing each other down

See it if movingly shows how female immigrants struggle to remain human & how attaining American dream may involve losing soul: connection 2 home ctry

Don't see it if play overstuffed, overlong @ 2 hrs. 40 minutes; plot lines are confusing; simplified version would have been much more effective

Absorbing, Epic, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if An epic, in-the-now tale that interweaves women’s immigration stories (played by an excellent cast) would interest you.

Don't see it if You don’t like overlong, all-female dramas that fictionalize topics of current national interest.

Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Loooooooooong

See it if You enjoy Majok's work. Interesting interconnected stories with great depth and beautiful through-lines.

Don't see it if You don't like 3hr long plays. This might have changed since I saw it in previews. It needs about 40min worth of cuts.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if A drama about immigrant women struggling to survive, sometimes in conflict, and losing touch with families.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience for a slow, overly long play with a confusing timeline.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like challenging drama about important issues done in a heartfelt, approachable style.While it was sometimes hard to follow,brilliant.

Don't see it if you are looking for lightweight, comedy.This is a piece of work that makes you think.Acting & directing are superb.Very special & important.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-written plays that deconstruct the American dream and immigrant sacrifices. Play offers several perspectives and experiences.

Don't see it if 3 hrs w/ 2 intermissions is too long for you or don't like all female cast. The play jumps around which sometimes leaves you wanting more.

Resonant, Profound, Funny, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You are interested in immigrants, or women, or both--and their stories.

Don't see it if You only like light subject matter.

Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting

See it if You can get tickets to the rest of the sold out run. This is a show that gets the subject of immigration right and says something powerful.

Don't see it if You can't make it through a 2 hour and 45 min show.

Crowded basement; overcrowded play, Captivating immigrant stories & milieu, Discursive, unfocused structure, Overlong, Vivid writing

See it if you want to experience the human face of immigrants' plight & appreciate the emotional costs of dislocation and marginalization

Don't see it if you're impatient with slow pace, at times confusing timeline, or long plays (2:45, including 2 intermissions)

Also Playwright Majok often explores the disenfranchised, whether physical ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see an all female cast with an immigration storyline.

Don't see it if You are looking for an action filled fast paced experience.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy seeing narratives about characters not often front and center - or an all female cast

Don't see it if you are expecting a feel good story - or will struggle with an almost 3 hour play

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy new topics that provoke thought

Don't see it if You want a linear narrative about the same old thing

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if Well you can’t because it’s closed however this show was a brilliant glimpse into a world most natural born americans will never understand.

Don't see it if It’s closed

Great writing, Refreshing, Relevant, Slow, Intense

See it if you are interested in a refreshing take on the immigration experience in NYC. Finally a play about the issue from women's perspective

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment

Also I saw the 2nd preview, the actors and director still had things to wor... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate immigrants' stories -- here mothers and daughters over 16 years living together in a basement in Queens. Heart-rending.

Don't see it if You go to theater for amusement. These immigrants' burdens seem unrelenting. The comings and goings can be confusing.

Ambitious, heart-felt, flawed, thoughtful and unfocused production

See it if Great performances and a sophisticated take on the immigrant experience allow you to appreciate a production that just doesn't cohere.

Don't see it if You need fully realized characters and plot lines. You loved Cost of Living (as I did) and crave something equally good.

Ambitious, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dramatic pieces digging deeper into why we make the choices we make.

Don't see it if you are looking for subtlety.

Also I was invested in all the characters and the evening went by quickly. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Intense

See it if You like a story about immigrant struggles and successes.

Don't see it if You can’t believe people from other cultures can succeed.

Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Too long, All female

See it if you want to hear a long discussion with immigrant women in Queens, NY.

Don't see it if you dislike accents, women yelling for long periods of time and the immigrant experience of the past 20 years is not your thing.

Also This play is too long: 2:45. It has too many plot lines. You end up no... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Uneven, Complex

See it if you're a fan of Majok's writing and/or performances by a stellar all-female cast.

Don't see it if untidy plays bother you. Nothing is wrapped in a bow here.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You are interested in the struggle of immigrants and the undocumented. See if if you want to understand the diversity of Queens County.

Don't see it if You lack empathy or are intolerant.

Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love stories about multiple generations of immigrant women that all take place in one building

Don't see it if you're a stickler for consistency and also character development

Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Must see

See it if stories of immigrants, particularly Eastern European, interests you.

Don't see it if you do not want to be on the edge of your seat for 2 hours and 45 minutes, and go through emotional turmoils with the characters.

Also It is not every day that immigrant women are this accurately represent... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to understand the contemporary problem facing immigrants who have little money and are trying to make a life in NYC.

Don't see it if you're not willing to try to unravel the different stories each woman is telling (the stories are not black and white)

Confusing, Quirky

See it if You like immigrant stories, especially aboiiut women.

Don't see it if If you are not too patient with a long confusing story line.

March 5th, 2018
"Thrilling writing. But as the play further complicates its story in the second and third acts, it loses control of its effects. We are offered too much information for the frame to contain, even if it’s vital...It can do little more than check the boxes on its trenchant to-do list. This puts exc...
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March 6th, 2018
"A complicated tragedy, layered like a Russian nesting doll. The play doesn't entirely work: It's overwritten, characters can grandstand, and the text's humor struggles...Taymor loads the play with significant pauses-even melodrama. Some performances have real grace...But for the most part, they ...
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March 5th, 2018
"The most honest dramatization of the immigrant experience to come along this century... On top of delivering an authentic story of women moving thousands of miles from home in order to provide for their families, Majok and director Danya Taymor make us feel the consequences of that difficult dec...
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March 12th, 2018
"It's not exactly the American immigrant dream romanticized in history, but in the most culturally diverse spot on the planet in Majok's understatedly strong drama, it's the opened-eyed reality...Majok's preciseness in writing different forms of their imperfect grammar and pronunciation provides ...
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