The Headlands
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The Headlands

The Headlands NYC Reviews and Tickets

(32 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Clever

About the Show

In LCT3's new drama, Henry (Aaron Yoo) is an amateur sleuth and true crime aficionado who sets out to solve the ultimate case: the unsolved murder of his father. 

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Member Reviews (32)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Want to see plays by & about the Asian-American experience, enjoy mysteries about one’s background,

Don't see it if Not interested in Asian-American takes told in a noir style or stories about trying to find one’s roots, open ended plots

650 Reviews | 284 Followers
In noirish mystery, son tries to solve "cold case" involving murder of his father; raymond chandler has little to worry about

See it if interesting aesthetic as story channels pulpy detective novels & video screens evoke film noir; humor leavens; solid cast

Don't see it if takes implausible left turn at end; ultimately w/o crisp plotting or deep insights into behavior of son/family, lets you down Read more

474 Reviews | 68 Followers

See it if Like cautiously walking through a murder mystery in a long standing San Francisco fog for the picture to emerge.

Don't see it if Slower murder mysteries aren't your thing. Entertaining but cold narration style made it harder to feel the emotional side of the drama. Read more

271 Reviews | 67 Followers
Journey, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate a slow-boil, relationship-based play with well-rounded characters.

Don't see it if You don’t like talky shows. Read more

226 Reviews | 12 Followers
Great use of projections, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if U enjoy a great ensemble cast solving a cold case mystery from 20 years ago with romance and a thought provoking story.

Don't see it if U don’t like mysteries, prefer more linear story lines or musicals.

180 Reviews | 58 Followers
Timely, Good use of projections, Keeps you interested, Great acting

See it if You like Family drama that is not what it seems to be. Intriguing writing. Great use of live camera projections. Memories are bad narrators

Don't see it if 90 minutes with no intermission. You don’t like mysteries or family secrets. You don’t like bare sets. Character breaks fourth wall

144 Reviews | 32 Followers
Interesting, So-so acting, Underdeveloped, Cold case mystery

See it if You enjoy watching cold case mysteries on TV, this should be your cup of tea. Good production values but acting is less than convincing.

Don't see it if Expect depth in the story of a young man discovering family secrets. Underdeveloped characters give little to think about beyond “who dunit”

146 Reviews | 8 Followers
Great writing, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy plays that are both character studies and plot driven.

Don't see it if You want a play you can drift in and out of. Read more

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
February 24th, 2020

"‘The Headlands’ Nods to San Francisco Noir: A cold case. An amateur sleuth. A new clue. But sometimes the murder isn’t the real mystery."
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Time Out New York
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars "Taking his time as the plot unravels, Adams elicits believable performances from the entire cast...Considering the intense nature of the story, it’s strange how rarely it stirs the pulse. Intellectually stimulating but emotionally distant, it lands in your head but goes no further."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 24th, 2020

"Men to Watch in 'Cambodian Rock Band', 'Blues for an Alabama Sky,' and 'The Headlands'"
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February 25th, 2020

"'The Headlands' Blends Film Noir, Crime Thriller, and Family Drama: An amateur sleuth sets out to solve his father's murder mystery in Christopher Chen's new play at LCT3."
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March 8th, 2020

"Christopher Chen's Detective Drama 'THE HEADLANDS' Unravels a Family Mystery"
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Talkin' Broadway
February 24th, 2020

"A noirish and inventive mix of gradually darkening humor, family drama, and the vicissitudes of memory."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2020

3/5 Stars. "Christopher Chen raises provocative stakes in this complicated family history, but with unengaging characters"
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Front Row Center
March 13th, 2020

Score: 95%. "A clever enticing tale told in such a beguiling way that if you like plays that tell a good story, this is for you."
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