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Rancho Viejo

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Members say: Great acting, Funny, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

About the show

Playwrights Horizons presents the world premiere of Dan LeFranc’s new comedy about anxiety, awkward neighbors, and fending off existential despair. More…

We never meet young Richie and Lonna, whose marriage is on the rocks. But miles and miles away, in the affluent Southwestern suburb where Richie's parents live, that couple’s separation is disturbing the tranquility of a community they barely know. In this comedy, the residents of Rancho Viejo drift from one gathering to the next, wrestling life’s grandest themes—set against the lustful, yearning strains of a distant bolero. Featuring Tony nominee Mare Winningham and directed by Daniel Aukin.

Member Reviews (120)


Great acting, Funny, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing
Avg Score

Profound, Masterful, Funny, Slow, Exquisite

See it if Older suburbanites faced with choices about what to sacrifice in order to maintain their personal and communal relationships.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a slow pace that allows for rich character development. There are some confusing surrealistic elements.

Also Beautifully crafted. It took a long discussion after the play to make ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy great acting in a interesting and humorous play that is also quite strange. I really enjoyed it and did not find it too long

Don't see it if You don't want to see strange characters talking for three hours. It's a long show. 3 hours with two intermissions.

Also It was quite funny. And bizarre.

Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Epic, Great writing

See it if You'd be interested in seeing something truly new and original -- a suburban drama turned into a so-quirky-it's-funny comedy.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a three-hour play or hate weird, quirky comedies where the laughs come from seemingly "off" situations and characters.

Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to see a very Southern California style show. If you know what I mean by that expression you will probably enjoy this play !

Don't see it if You are looking for a classic comedy. This plays veers off into many unusual directions. Fast action is your thing. Play has 2 intermissions

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you like shows that challenge you.Acting is superb.Pace is slow.Parts are confusing, but it is well worth staying til the end!

Don't see it if you want a short, straightforward play. This one will make you shake your head and wonder what's going on and who's who. Worth it, though!

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if Quirky, funny story told in quick scenes. Mare Winningham and Julia Duffy were standouts. Very, very funny in many parts.

Don't see it if Three hours long. Got weird in the third act.

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Slow, Too long

See it if you weary of plays about 20 & 30 somethings and yearn for something meaningful about baby boomers with their first world problems.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour show (with two intermissions) and lots of dialogue. you don't care about how to remain relevant while aging

Quirky, Funny, Long (with 2 intermissions

See it if you like quirky relationship plays. Mare Winningham and Mark Blum are outstanding. Excellent supporting cast. Love the first 2 1/2 acts.

Don't see it if you can't sit 3 hrs. I viewed the intermissions as 2 opportunites to leave, but the writing doesn't unravel until the last 1/2 of 3rd act.

Also Laughed more than I was expecting to. And grew to like the whole stron... Read more Read less

Banal, Confusing, Funny, Pretentious, Strange

See it if You like slice of life dramedy. There were parts that were funny and parts that were sad. Nobody seemed to have any real emotion, except

Don't see it if "Pete" who was obsessed witht he marriage of the son of one of the couples. THIS SHOW WAS WAY TOO LONG, 3 hours and 2 intermissions.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you are extremely patient and you want to see a dog on the stage

Don't see it if you like fast moving plays that have interesting characters.

Quirky, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Indulgent

See it if you like spending time with off-beat characters and plays that explore ideas of community.

Don't see it if you have no patience for long plays with almost no plot.

Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if u like serious theater, a superb production, plus a critical view of suburban America in recent times. I found it's 3 hour length absorbing.

Don't see it if Well, OK, it is long, but there are two intermissions. I found the characters & their complexities challenging and entirely satisfying.

Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh at a couple's existential & absurdists crises within the confines of California suburban sprawl.

Don't see it if you like your plays short and sweet -- this once clocks in at 3 hours with 2 intermissions. Never feels slow though.

Looooong, Disappointing, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like dreadfully long plays that come to no real ending or point.

Don't see it if you can find anything else to see. Please...PLEASE!! However, Mare Winningham was delightful. Only redeeming factor

Confusing, Disappointing, Long

See it if you have the patience to sit through 3 acts. staging made it

Don't see it if if you have other things to do

Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like chatty, dialogue-driven plays. The first two acts are entertaining. The third act was very disappointing.

Don't see it if you don't like three hour plays with two intermissions. Also, if you value thematic consistency.

Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're opened to something murky and mysterious with resonant themes

Don't see it if are annoyed by sparse dialogue and stage pauses and no simplistic resolutions

Disappointing, Slow, Trite, Long

See it if you have three hours to waste. In spite of the good acting, the story went nowhere. If that's the point...

Don't see it if you value your time.

Clever, Fascinating, Mysterious, Funny, Haunting

See it if you are game for an unpredictable, uneventful & mostly unresolved ride with some vaguely recognizable characters

Don't see it if you can't be bothered with plays that don't even try to resolve their mysteries; if 3+hours of not much happening isn't your idea of drama

Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to sit in your seat for THREE hours. This is why they don't tell you on line how long the show is.

Don't see it if You can't sit in a seat for 3 hours. (There are 2 intermissions.)

Great acting, Great performance by marti!, Simple yet thoughtful dialogue., Great writing, See it if you love the absurd.

See it if You enjoy plays that seem to be about nothing until it hits you that it's about so many of the things you question in life.

Don't see it if If you think a 3 hour play is not for you or you wouldn't enjoy hearing a character speak in a foreign language without subtitles.

Also There was much to love about this play. My only complaint was what I s... Read more Read less

Aggravating, Bizarre, Highly specific characters

See it if You enjoy cringe comedy and/or identify with oblivious manchildren. For the very specific characterizations of the supporting couples. Marti

Don't see it if The minutiae of suburbia and middle age relationships leave you cold, especially as thru eyes of the pathologically naive. Wtf dream cacti

Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You are prepared to spend 3 of the strangest hours you may experience at the theater this season

Don't see it if You need a beginning, middle, and end - and don't have an appreciation for the absurd

Also It does not feel like 3 hours - so that says something.... There is re... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Quirky, Slow

See it if If you like absurdist theatre or long plays that in which nothing happens.

Don't see it if You like a plot, realistic characters, or tight editing.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You enjoy a long (almost 3 hrs) slow story of couples interacting in a pretty meaningless story. It left me wondering a lot of things!

Don't see it if You want a story with substance and action or has some depth of meaning

December 6th, 2016
"Sweet and scary, lackadaisical and hypnotic…A melancholy and often very funny portrait of four cusp-of-Medicare couples...Life often seems to be set on pause during the three leisurely, impeccably acted hours…'Rancho Viejo' has been directed with a poet’s appreciation for rhythm and emphasis by ...
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December 6th, 2016
"LeFranc blends bold formalist tricks with deep empathy for his characters’ frailties…At times 'Rancho' feels like a deadpan suburban comedy of manners in slow motion…Semi-absurdist tactics could be deadly with mediocre actors, but Aukin’s immaculate production shines with a smashing cast. The pl...
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December 6th, 2016
"Simultaneously stylish and frustrating…While some viewers will undoubtedly hail the play as a brilliant encapsulation of the human condition, even more are likely walk away feeling like their time has been wasted...Everyone in the cast excels at making this a watchable three-act nothing…Aukin is...
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December 10th, 2016
"Dan LeFranc's 'Rancho Viejo,' now receiving its world premiere in a handsome Playwrights Horizons production featuring a terrific cast, is one of those three-hour long plays that may find you tempted to flip through your program at any time for a clue as to what the heck is going on…Theatregoers...
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