Already closed | 1h 45m | Upper W Side

The Harvest

From 101 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intense

About the show

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's play about a group of young missionaries prepping to visit the Middle East. More…

In the basement of a small evangelical church in southeastern Idaho, a group of young missionaries is preparing to go to the Middle East. One of them—a man who recently lost his father—has bought a one-way ticket. But his plans are complicated when his estranged sister returns home and makes it her mission to keep him there. Directed by Davis McCallum, who frequently helms Hunter's work.

1h 45m | Already closed | Claire Tow Theater (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (101)


Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intense
Avg Score

Strong acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Long, Well-drawn characters

See it if you like works with strong characters. The premise was solid, but the issues are repeated often, and the end felt like an unearned trick.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with religious fervor. The acting and staging are effective, but the play needs trimming.

Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great acted, intelligent, thought provoking looks at topical issues. Religion is a sort of umbrella topic here but it's MUCH more!

Don't see it if you're looking for fluff. This ain't it. It's a great piece of work that I'm going to be thinking about for a long long time!

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see Samuel D Hunter's expert, hyper-realistic dialogue & sharply-shaped characters fully realized by uniformly excellent actors.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend 1 hr 45 min watching Six Characters in Search of an Author... who could guide them to a meaningful end.

Great acting, Slow, Relevant, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if Hunter's humanistic writing still excites; exceptional characterizations of Idaho youth searching for identity through misssionary work

Don't see it if Numerous plot lines hamper sympathetic feel for faith based youth; excellent acting & top-notch direction save Hunter's schematic plotting

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you're a Sam Hunter fan & like his probing looks at quirky, interesting characters stuck in Idaho acted by some fine young actors

Don't see it if you don't like stories involving Christian evangelization, characters mixed up about their feelings & fears, coming of age tales

Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see these excellent actors. The play was slow at times but all the actors were wonderful and were compelling to watch.

Don't see it if You prefer a play with more laughs. This play is quite serious and at times stressful to watch.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You're a fan of well-acted, interesting new plays by younger playwrights that cover topical issues. Or if you're a fan of Sam Hunter's work.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about religion that may challenge (or possibly mock) your faith -- in this case, Evangelical Christianity.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy 2-hour intermission-less shows where people talk and talk and talk, and the whole thing feels false

Don't see it if You hate shows that are endless and need serious editing. 2 hours with no intermission. Really horrible to sit through.

Depressing, Extraordinary acting, Strong script and direction, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see the latest work from one of our very best young playwrights. He explores issues of faith and doubt.

Don't see it if you become easily depressed and upset at seeing choices young people made. Also, if you don't want to see religion explored on stage.

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Edgy, Intense

See it if You enjoy shows based solely on religion and religious activity. You enjoy themes about millennials trying to find themselves.

Don't see it if A one theme show is not something that interests you. The problems and passions of Evangelicals aren't of much interest to you.

Also Confession: I and my friend actually fell asleep watching this play la... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a slice of life look at religion and life through the eyes of believers and questioners. Phenomenal acting, staging, and emotion

Don't see it if Intimate conversations about faith, god, love, and life, aren't your cup of tea. While there are funny moments, it isn't a funny show.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you have an hour and 45 minutes to spend on what is really an 80 minute show. If it were tightened up, I think it has something to say.

Don't see it if there's anything good on TV. Use your time wisely. West Wing reruns are always a good choice. Acting was good, but play draggggggggged.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Depressing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dialogue driven plays about real people, and you're open to evangelical christianity being a force for good. Just too looooong.

Don't see it if you want something light or you're not a fan of long intermissionless shows. Frankly, the subject matter was as bleak as the set.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great acting, great direction and a wonderful, timely story of real people.

Don't see it if you dislike praying in tongues. you're not interested in how religion affects people's lives

Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Wish for a thoughtful though slow moving play.

Don't see it if Want a lot of action.

Absorbing, Great singing, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like a well acted play regarding religious beliefs

Don't see it if Evangelism bores you

Absorbing, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you like Mr. Hunter's specific brand of pathos, heart, humor, and intellect.

Don't see it if you don't like character studies that drop you in a world for 2 hours vs. giving you a propulsive plot with a pat ending.

Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to relate to the characters on the stage. You so much care about these characters and want to help them through life.

Don't see it if you are tired of seeing plays about characters that are struggling with life.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you respond to serious writing and complex characters in situations dealing with faith and family.

Don't see it if you have no interest in characters who are evangelical Christians.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if u appreciate a well written play, an excellent production in a gem of a small theater. Samuel D. Hunter is the admirable author. It's just

Don't see it if I didn't care for the brainwashed, holy-roller (evangelical) characters or the somewhat predictable situation. (Does he stay or does he go?)

Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you had a religious upbringing with which you struggled to align with your life.

Don't see it if you find shows that make you question faith uncomfortable.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Unfocused

See it if you like new quirky plays that still need some work. exploring religion and devotion in a cult like atmosphere

Don't see it if you want happy concrete endings

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you like edgy new plays/you are a fan of Samuel Hunter/you speak in tongues.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by or want to avoid the subject of religion in theatre.

Absorbing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Sad

See it if you want to learn about Evangelical groups. Now I understand their voting choices a bit better. Scene changes were very good.

Don't see it if can't sit through 1.75 hours of pregnant pauses that could have been reduced to 1.25 hours.

Also The acting was either awkward or realistic given the nature of the sto... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like intense theater, explores people who are attracted to becoming missionaries. Long without intermission but absorbing throughout

Don't see it if you don't like religious themes, can't sit for almost 2 hours without an intermission

October 24th, 2016
"The dialogue is rich in fine emotional nuance, and the direction, by Davis McCallum, is unfussy and focused...All the relationships in the play are drawn with care...Mr. Hunter, admirably, does not condescend to his characters for their faith...But there remains that problem of Mr. Hunter’s unwi...
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October 25th, 2016
"Like much of Hunter's work, 'The Harvest' takes place in a jammed intersection of religion, family, sexuality and poverty, which the playwright maps out in evocative detail...Masterfully directed by Davis McCallum, the excellent cast—which includes Scott Jaeck and a wittily smarmy Zoë Winters—he...
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October 31st, 2016
"In 'The Harvest' Hunter has engaged, through this love, his anger, to thrillingly contrapuntal effect...There is a bit of awkwardly integrated exposition here and there, and the ending, though very powerful, requires perhaps too many turns of the screw for its own good. But it is passionate and ...
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October 24th, 2016
"The play is slow-going and lugubrious, lacking sufficient dramatic tension to fully command attention. When the speaking in tongues is more compelling than the dialogue, it's a problem...Director Davis McCallum's muted, hyper-realistic production never fully comes to life. It's tedious for long ...
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