The Harvest
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The Harvest

The Harvest NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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.

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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!

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
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 unwillingness to specify—or his characters’ cluelessness about—just whom they will be trying to convert...The primary plot strand ...didn’t exactly have me gnawing my fingernails in suspense."
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Time Out New York
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—helps get us inside the complex worlds of these characters’ devotions, as they grasp in the fearful dark for revelation."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 funny and daring and, under Davis McCallum’s perfectly judged direction, marvelously theatrical in a way that most serious plays about faith are not."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 stretches, and although several of the performances are outstanding, much of the dialogue is inaudible...'The Harvest' doesn't bear much dramatic fruit."
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October 24th, 2016

"With astutely unifying direction from McCallum, Hunter and the performers do an uncommonly good job of fleshing out all of the supporting roles...But the play really belongs to Kendall, a young actor of astonishing intensity and truthfulness...While a very late-in-the-game twist doesn't necessarily suit the piece as a whole, it is grounded enough in the uncommon reality that Hunter and McCallum create that it is easily forgivable."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 24th, 2016

"McCallum's direction is emotionally sincere, and his staging the most that could be expected...There are some compelling performances, too...The prevailing problem with 'The Harvest,' though, is the same as with so much of Hunter's work...He falls back on the lazy shorthand of demonizing one side to make his points with a minimum of opposition...All it does is reduce a potentially worthwhile exploration of a key experience, or a critique of its efficacy, to mere babble."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 24th, 2016

"Although scenes tend to feel drawn out and a bit unfocused, the play, directed by Davis McCallum, is compelling and engaging for the most part...We can guess that the inspirational stories we hear are not so straightforward...So what is Hunter trying to tell us? I’ll let you decide, but I can’t say that I left the theatre content or hopeful. More like a bit sick to my stomach. But I’m guessing that is the desired effect Hunter is going for.
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The Guardian (UK)
October 24th, 2016

"Hunter’s command of his style seems slightly less complete than in other plays – the focus is broader, the tone more varying, which are not at all bad things, though sometimes there’s a tendency to cap a scene too neatly in an effort to move on to the next strand of plot. But he offers rich and varied roles for his actors...This evangelizing drama may not end well for its characters (Hunter’s plays rarely do), but it is good news for its audience."
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October 24th, 2016

"It’s a fascinating peek at an unfamiliar worldview. However, the play loses vitality along the way and, for me at least, shed more heat than light. The five talented actors who play the missionaries give it their all...Davis McCallum’s direction once again demonstrates a sympathy for Hunter’s sensibility...Hunter has empathy for his characters and does especially well with ensembles. I don’t think this is his best work, but it is still worthwhile."
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The Huffington Post
October 24th, 2016

"The playwright doesn’t just lay it all out for us, though. He metes out tantalizing, impressionistic bits, leaving it to us to put the separate strands together. It turns out to be quite compelling. Davis McCallum—who has directed the New York productions of Hunter’s four main plays—clearly has a feel for the playwright’s work. His entire cast gives strong performances, with four of them compulsively watchable."
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November 3rd, 2016

"I can’t recall a recent theater experience where I felt so invested in the fate of the lead character, yearning for him to make a specific choice up to the final moments. I hope this taut, deeply felt drama has a long life in regional and college theaters."
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