Rancho Viejo
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Rancho Viejo
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Rancho Viejo NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(120 Reviews)
Positive
65%
Mixed
28%
Negative
7%
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.

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Member Reviews (120)

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712 Reviews | 215 Followers
90
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. Read more

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
82
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.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
85
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. Read more

503 Reviews | 77 Followers
79
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!

476 Reviews | 131 Followers
76
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

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
77
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.

425 Reviews | 69 Followers
81
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

267 Reviews | 598 Followers
75
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
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 Daniel Aukin…Only in the last section does ‘Rancho Viejo’ start to feel a little too tidy…But the show’s final scene is a haunting beauty, a perfect balance of the everyday and the eternal."
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Time Out New York
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 play is consistently funny...'Rancho Viejo' may seem oddly constructed and furnished, but it’s magnificently strange and welcoming once you get through the door."
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New York Theatre Guide
December 9th, 2016

"The most compulsive theatrical viewing that sees three hours pass by in a flash of glorious agony...There is so much meat in LeFranc’s homemade tamale that you want to eat it all over again, get the recipe, and invite all your friends over...I feel I could write a dissertation on the work and how the creative team and cast inhabited this insightful play with such self-scrutiny and tangible transformations. It’s a big work, it has a giant cerebral cortex and an urgent heartbeat."
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Theatermania
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 never able to fully resolve the problem of a script that is sarcastically self-aware while also calling for realistic performances...It all feels fashionable, sophisticated and incredibly safe."
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BroadwayWorld
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 have been discussing the meaning of ‘Waiting for Godot’ for over half a century. Discussions of the meaning of 'Rancho Viejo' shouldn't take up more than half a minute."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 7th, 2016

"This kind of comedy needs especially delicate handling, which Daniel Aukin provides; his deft touch is especially welcome, because 'Rancho Viejo' isn't without its problems. A three-act play running three hours, it is much longer than it needs to be...You have to admire LeFranc's skill at spinning a kind of philosophical wonder, mixed with a touch of existential dread, out of the kind of empty chatter that so many people indulge over drinks and snacks."
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Talkin' Broadway
December 6th, 2016

"A fascinating but severely overdrawn evening…This is a story that should tell itself and, in the best scenes, does…Unfortunately, this is not enough for either LeFranc or his director. They've piled on so much additional 'color,' 'content,' and 'plot' that the underlying, moving tale of contemporary cultural alienation must fight for its life during every single second of the play...By the final act, which is given over entirely to hyperinflated minutiae, you all but give up on it."
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TheaterScene.net
December 8th, 2016

"Running three hours, LeFranc’s play doesn’t have the feel of an epic or a major opus, but it is wisely observed and engaging. The tone is simultaneously comic and somber...The dialogue is a marvelous blend of the realistic and mundane...Besides realizing such rich performances from the cast, director Daniel Aukin has also masterfully coordinated the many presentational details into a cohesive production. Aukin’s staging has successfully realized the play on every level."
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