The Doctor (Park Avenue Armory)
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The Doctor (Park Avenue Armory)
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The Doctor (Park Avenue Armory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(988 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the Show

A bold retelling of Arthur Schnitzler's play about medical ethics and its reverberations. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (909)

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puy
57 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you want your soul and heart to be touched

Don't see it if If you are not up for an insightful play which will make you question many things!

79 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if A brilliant production

Don't see it if You think Jesse Green has good opinions

63 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Engrossing, articulate drama that exposes the folly of identity politics and the suffering at the heart of political correctness.

Don't see it if It’s not too smart for you. Try it. Juliet Stevenson is a radiant British star as the un-Jewish Jewish doctor!

172 Reviews | 31 Followers
100
Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if One of the best plays I’ve seen since war horse.

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to.

97 Reviews | 32 Followers
100
Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Timely re-imagining of a 100 year old play. Brilliant staging and stellar acting from the entire ensemble. Juliet Stevenson is a treasure!

Don't see it if You don't have patience to sit through a show that explores uncomfortable themes. But don't let it stop you! Brilliant!!

61 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a superbly acted play which covers themes such as medical ethics, religion, social media canceling amongst others.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience to be present during an almost 3 hour thoughtful and intelligent theatrical endeavor. Read more

53 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love perfect theatre - incredible performances in a thought-provoking and entertaining play.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or don't like to think/be challenged at all

167 Reviews | 59 Followers
100
Great acting!, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if The finest performance by an actress (Juliet Stevenson) I have ever see and I have seen most of the great ones.

Don't see it if Story is not as impressive as Juliet’s soaring performance. Secondary characters are gender and color diverse .

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
June 15th, 2023

“ ‘The Doctor’ subjects its main character to antisemitic dog whistles but, in the end, sees her downfall as her own fault and an opportunity for growth.”
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New York Theatre Guide
June 16th, 2023

“The play is like an inverted onion – layers pile on.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 15th, 2023

“The play acknowledges that medicine relies on its own guesswork but shies away from exploring the inherent biases of medical research...’In The Doctor,’ Icke, like Wolff herself, holds on to a more willfully naïve image of science as a pure thing.”
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The Wall Street Journal
June 15th, 2023

“The play also illuminates, unhappily, how atomized and tribal contemporary society has become.”
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The Observer
June 16th, 2023

“Playing any role, no matter how demanding, is to this consummate actress a way of life, not just some personal priority. I have no confidence in the commercial success or lasting validity of 'The Doctor,' but my money is on Juliet Stevenson.”
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Theatermania
June 15th, 2023

“Icke is too smart a theatermaker to lay his cards fully on the table, and he devotes ample time to showing how Wolff’s domineering personality has earned her enemies...The message is clear: Even in our allegedly enlightened time, we’re not yet through with inquisitions led by power-hungry mediocrities. And there is no delusion more powerful than that shared by those who know they are on the right side of history.”
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Lighting & Sound America
June 23rd, 2023

"The Doctor is based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1912 drama Professor Bernhardi, but it takes a direct and deadly aim at the identity crisis currently plaguing the West… Icke, who also directed, keeps the action moving at an explosive pace, aided by an exceptionally assured company. Stevenson, who is nothing less than monumental, enters verbal combat with relish, her fury at accusations of prejudice and favoritism reaching extraordinary heights."
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New York Stage Review
June 15th, 2023

“It’s a fairly straightforward, almost melodramatic narrative, with the opening dramatic episode...But those flaws don’t matter in the face of Stevenson’s towering performance...The actress projects every flickering emotion with absolute clarity and an emotional force that will leave you shattered.”
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