Straight Line Crazy
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Straight Line Crazy
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Straight Line Crazy NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(153 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
14%
Negative
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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining

Ralph Fiennes stars in David Hare’s new play documenting the life of an insidious man who exposes the weakness of democracy.

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Member Reviews (153)

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1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
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Relevant, Intelligent, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see excellent acting in a very well written play. While it is about New York history the relevance is universal.

Don't see it if You don’t care for politically themed plays, especially ones with local characters and interest.

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
88
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Ralph Fiennes, you're interested in architecture & urban planning, want to learn about Robert Moses, fan of NYC history

Don't see it if Can be dry at times, two longish acts, were characters based on his real staff, expect more action more coverage of Moses's ups and downs

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
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Achievements & peril of unchecked power, Profile rise & fall ny super builder r moses, Ralph fiennes is towering robert moses

See it if see/hear ringing speeches; pointed NYC urban planning debates; memorable scene btwn Moses/M & salty Gov Al Smith; Fiennes as force nature

Don't see it if talky; never figures out how 2 effectively dramatize M's life/largely played out as debating society; simplistic: Jane Jacobs-good/M-bad Read more

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
80
Bland, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Absorbing

See it if You’re from NYC, want to learn about Moses, & love Fiennes. It’s a very interesting historical lesson.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play that feels like a staged biographic piece you’d hear on NPR. It’s not entirely captivating.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
79
The good, the bad and the ugly of robert moses

See it if u are interested in a relevant and controversial personality; Moses did some wonderful work and was a creator but he also caused destruction

Don't see it if I am a big fan of Fiennes but don't know enough about Moses' personality to decipher whether he portrayed Moses in a realistic manner or if Read more

544 Reviews | 58 Followers
79
Good acting. good production. good story.

See it if You appreciate good story and good story telling.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see good theatre from London.

466 Reviews | 237 Followers
89
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if An interesting look at the life of Robert Moses and his impact/vision on New York.

Don't see it if If you prefer a light play or musical then skip this one.

468 Reviews | 121 Followers
84
Historical, histrionic portrayal

See it if Ralph Fiennes in a masterful portrayal of the master builder. Overly dramatic, but he captures the Moses personality.

Don't see it if It was also fun seeing Gov. Al Smith, and his portrayal was also over the top. The acting was fine, but the accents were not quite right. Read more

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
October 26th, 2022

"If the efficiency of the brute is often superior to the fecklessness of democracy in getting things done, it is not always as lasting — which is reason enough to see 'Straight Line Crazy.'"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 28th, 2022

" 'Straight Line Crazy' feels like a further retreat toward the conventional. It’s the kind of thing you might see programmed at any nonprofit around the city — an easy one for subscribers."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 27th, 2022

"Even an often-dazzling turn by Mr. Fiennes cannot disguise that the playwright is overmatched by the sheer size of Moses’s monumental, and still controversial, achievements."
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New York Theatre Guide
October 27th, 2022

"Fiennes manages to find the shades of emotion in a Moses written as little but bullish. The strongest moment is his final epilogue to the audience about his approach to swimming, the one skillful metaphor for Moses's career that parallels the play's opening lines."
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Theatermania
October 26th, 2022

"The performances are as outrageously luxurious as a full-length fur coat, so much so that it's easy to ignore the wire hanger on which they hang."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 26th, 2022

If Straight Line Crazy creaks a little, Hare has put onstage a fascinating chapter of New York history -- and in a moment when so many seem to prefer strongmen as their political leaders, he gives us something to think about. (On another day, we can discuss the irony of presenting a play about the potential disastrous effects of urban planning at Hudson Yards, a characterless development that many consider to be blot on the city's skyline.) And Fiennes' incarnation of Moses, in all his idealism and power lust, is one for the books.
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New York Stage Review
October 26th, 2022

"History comes cracklingly alive in 'Straight Line Crazy,' David Hare’s not-to-be-missed dissection of power broker Robert Moses."
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TheaterScene.net
November 2nd, 2022

Every once in a while, the right actor is found for the perfect historical role. Take for instance, Julie Harris as Emily Dickinson, James Earl Jones as Paul Robeson, Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain and Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday. Add to that list Ralph Fiennes’ titanic performance as builder and city planner Robert Moses in David Hare’s latest London import, "Straight Line Crazy," with eight out of 11 original cast members of the London Theatre Company’s 2022 production. Co-directors Nicholas Hytner and Jamie Armitage convert what could have been a civics lesson into a riveting and enriching evening of theater.
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