LCT presents Tom Stoppard's first new play in ten years, a witty and dramatic exploration of the "hard problem" that is human consciousness. Directed by Tony winner Jack O'Brien ("The Coast of Utopia.") More…
"The Hard Problem" introduces a young woman, Hilary, a psychology student who is newly employed as a research assistant at a neuroscience think-tank financed by a hedge-fund billionaire. He believes the brain and the ability to map and understand it are the key to predicting financial patterns, human behavior and more. But as Hilary’s career advances she and her colleagues struggle with what scientists call ‘the hard problem’ which asks: if the brain is made of nothing but facts, what is consciousness? For Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and prays for one every day.
See it if If you like some good acting or a story that only touches the surface.
Don't see it if If you want a deep, meaningful production. Characters did not move me in this directed play.
See it if you want a gripping play about altruism vs egoism, religion vs science, technology vs humanity, philosophy vs theory, & seeking forgiveness.
Don't see it if you're turned off by gratuitous (albeit brief) nudity; you don't like Stoppard's philosophical polemics & focus on intellect over emotion.
See it if in typical Stoppard fashion sets forth w elegance a major intellectual problem; O'Brien's direction is comparably elegant
Don't see it if Stoppard has NOT found a convincing theatrical vehicle to bring alive this perennial problem; more a forum for vigorous debate
See it if You want to see a Tom Stoppard play performed at Lincoln Center (I did). I expected more. Interesting issue but not well served by this play
Don't see it if You want to see a real play. This just seemed like acting exercises and a philosophical discussion. Artificial dialogue, not conversational.
See it if Innate or through action...what is inherently a person of merit? Stoppard uses actors for discourse & debate. Cerebral w/ cast doing best.
Don't see it if Rubik's cube. So intelligent, but if you don't live there, this will be a troublesome night out. Playwright deserves credit for this attempt
See it if Intelligent arguments about human consciousness. I found it hard to follow in the beginning. This play needs to be seen twice to appreciate.
Don't see it if You are tired after seeing a matinee the same day. Stoppard's plays demand full attention. The large cast was difficult to sort out.
See it if you are interested in conciousness vs. the brain - is it the same, different, mutually exclusive? Where does humanity, faith & love fit in?
Don't see it if you're more interested in action than ideas and lots of talk; Stoppard can be challenging to follow; the play is good but not his best.
See it if you like Stoppard and all that entails. Lovely performances and cool staging in an ultimately implausible story.
Don't see it if you don't like obtuse talky stories that wrap up like an unbelievable bow.
See it if You like cerebral plays that center completely around THE BRAIN. Good acting, staging, and fun characters
Don't see it if You don't like plays where you really have to concentrate on the ideas they are trying to get across. Or 10 minute long diatribes.
See it if you like excellent writing,clever staging,terrific acting.Dialogue is brilliant & witty, but also real. It discusses some serious topics.
Don't see it if predictable plot twists make you mad. This one is telegraphed from early on,but the rest of the play makes up for it.Set changes are clever
See it if A clever meditation on the nature of consciousness, and whether or not altruism exists. Makes you think about the questions posed. Neat set.
Don't see it if ...you’re looking for light entertainment. Stoppard makes you work.
See it if a fan of: Tom Stoppard’s works; immersive and intelligent writing; and/or works that seize upon you mentally, if not emotionally, too.
Don't see it if you can’t commit to an intermissionless show with an intelligent script that requires critical-thinking about self, beliefs, and the world.
See it if love Tom Stoppard. This is more accessible than his other plays. Topics that probably everyone can understand and relate to.
Don't see it if Want fluff, skip this. Need to come with your brain and pay attention.
See it if You like Stoppard or can forgive the artificial dialogue and lectures that typify his work.
Don't see it if If stagey staging, spokesperson characters, and coincidental plotting will irk you.
See it if You like Tom Stoppard plays. You ever took a metaphysics class. You want an exploration of consciousness and the sublime with lots of words.
Don't see it if You don't like drama as a prop or justification for explorations of thought. You don't like Tom Stoppard plays. You're easily bored.
See it if Interesting discussion asking are we merely the sum of chemistry, phsyics, and math or is the sum more than its parts?
Don't see it if Entire play of PhDs arguing in boughie academic talk annoys you. Mostly scientific debate, little plot development / real emotions.
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See it if Brilliant Stoppard wordplay and dazzling exploration of consciousness as told through the story of a young psychologist, faith & philosophy
Don't see it if You can’t take a serious journey exploring the mind/body problem, morality in love & business, philosophy, faith and scientific exploration
See it if plays about complex ideas and complicated people that demand your careful attention and twist your emotions appeal to you
Don't see it if you want an easy night of superficial entertainment.
See it if You are okay seeing a lesser Stoppard work that is not as deep,as it seems it aims to be.
Don't see it if You don’t like verbose plays that telegraph what will happen failrly early on.
See it if You want entertaining theater, that delves into extraordinary questions, while not forgetting to entertain. An ephemeral Adelaide Clemens.
Don't see it if You don’t want to be challenged, on questions of science and religion, nature vs nurture... Or, if you need a big show in a big theater.
See it if It's a good play, but its not a good Tom Stoppard play--nothing challenging, none of the Stoppard weirdness. Excellent cast except the lead
Don't see it if Are expecting Vintage Tom Stoppard
See it if you are huge fan of Stoppard and have to see everything he does. This is very smart like all his shows. The directing is clever.
Don't see it if you expect theatre to be emotionally affecting. This has no real heart, seems like a lecture. Even Stoppard fans will be disappointed.
See it if you are a fan of Tom Stoppard, smart writing, or Addie Clemens. She really shone in this production.
Don't see it if you are looking for something light. This has heavy dialogue that makes you think. You need to pay close attention.
See it if You like plays about ideas, lots of ideas, we're talking the problem of human consciousness, algorithms, mapping the brain and adoption.
Don't see it if You like your plots emotional without intellectual baggage and lots of talk. You like drama about people rather than ideas.