From Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris ('Clybourne Park') and the Public Theater comes this epic play examining the basic beliefs upon which we’ve built our economy and our country. More…
Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person's profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality. Four-time Tony nominee and three-time Obie winner Michael Greif directs.
See it if Lively, funny, intelligent overview of American capitalist movement Staged w/brio by Greif & broadly acted, Norris' innate pessimism shines
Don't see it if Heavy-handed flash-forward opening to 2nd Act sets sour tone & play never fully recovers Norris' tone gets darker, black comedy turns lethal
See it if related thru tumultuous Dickensian tale of abandoned child who becomes rapacious capitalist & slave owner; narrated w wit by Adam Smith
Don't see it if wild 2nd act which shows unchecked capitalism in past, present and future inventive but out of control; we get the pt: it's toxic!
See it if You’d like an introduction to the workings of capitalism and greed. Daniel Davis and Harriet Harris keep the story moving. Great ensemble.
Don't see it if Perfetti’s performance is dull and uninteresting; play is a bit repetitive and long.
See it if You’d like to see Adam Smith’s “Wealth Of Nations” embodied in a young entrepreneur of the 1700s. Unregulated capitalism, invisible hand.
Don't see it if You don’t like a show that needs a narrator or a midshow flash forward contemporary panel of the 1% or a peek into a sci-fi future.
See it if you're interested in a clever play focusing on capitalism and self-interest. You enjoy intelligently written and well-acted plays with humor
Don't see it if you don't like plays dealing with history, race, class, and inequalities. You're not alert enough for a dense and somewhat complicated play.
See it if you like inventive & absorbing theatre. This is The Public at its best.Script is clever, fast paced, fun, relevant, and delightful.
Don't see it if you want a realistic, straightforward play.This takes you on a ride, teaches you a lot without ever preaching. It's a gem.
See it if You want a palatable primer on economics and social history revealed brilliantly and incrementally. THIS IS FUNNY.
Don't see it if You aren't up to the 2:40 running time. You have no interest in 2008 melt down vis a vis Trump and 2018 in 1700's clothing.
See it if you enjoy convoluted explanations about how our economic system was created.
Don't see it if plays that wander through history with odd interpretations of characters is not your thing
See it if story set in 18th century (with brief diversion to a modern econ. summit) with humorous look at A. Smith's hands-off view of capitalism
Don't see it if don't want to see issues of racism & greed with any humor; 2nd half that is darker and slower; don't want to be reminded of Econ 101
See it if Wonderful ensemble cast in a play about the roots of American capitalism and it’s inevitable outcome of greed. Very well written .
Don't see it if If you are not interested in historical plays about American economy and finances.
See it if You want to be reminded of a grad school course on economic history albeit with an interesting Professor .
Don't see it if You hate having the same points made multiple times , it could have been done in half the time (and spectacle ).
See it if you are hungering for a comedy (written with modern day voice) set in the 18th century containing a low brow vaudevillian sensibility.
Don't see it if if a comedy set the 18th century about crafty, self-made colonial American capitalist doesn’t first appeal to your innate curiosity, SKIP IT
See it if you're a fan of absurdist comedy and nudity.
Don't see it if you're a billionare who thinks they're doing the world good. or if harsh language bothers you.
See it if Terrific ensemble skewering laissezfaire economics with a Tom Jonesish romp through the 18th century and self interested foundling
Don't see it if Your hate satire and love the invisible hand
See it if you like a long-ish play that tackles economic and world events in a cheeky manner.
Don't see it if male nudity, crude language or economic talk are not for you.
See it if Like period pieces, large casts, intelligently written and impeccably acted plays. It's very Dickensian in it's scope and feel.
Don't see it if You have no interest in history or economics.
See it if this is a terrific, strange historical tragi-comedy, a very creative vehicle for incisive political commentary. Norris is a great writer.
Don't see it if it's a bit overlong. In spite of abundant humor, it is not light, and has dark and cynical moments. Skip if you dont like political theater.
See it if Great performances. It’s absorbing & entertaining even tho main character is so unlikeable. Depicts dangers of free wheeling capitalism.
Don't see it if You don’t like involved plot and some jumping around the story. It’s a wild ride. Fun but dark.
See it if a complicated history of capitalism dont scare you and double/triple castings can be convincing
Don't see it if you prefer a more entertaining piece that is not provoking.
See it if For original clever interesting & funny.Off Broadway theater. Stage filled with huge amount of talent & varied topics.
Don't see it if you can't sit through 2 1/2 hrs of original theater touching on many large and small ideas . May be confusing at time but worth seeing.
See it if you're willing to invest the time and go along for the ride. It's not short (2 1/2+ hours), but engrossing. The narrator is exceptional.
Don't see it if you have to like the protagonist. He is deliberately unlikeable. In the end, it works for the piece but you have to stick it out to see how.
See it if you want to see a terrific ensemble of actors doing their best to entertain you. Perfect costumes and perfect direction awaits you.
Don't see it if Do not see it if you are expecting anything too profound. You get the author's point, but his point is not that illuminating.
See it if you are game for some funny misadventures that follow the money and its many twists and turns through the ages. So much fun and lessons too.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable around slavery, piety, greed, hypocrisy, robbery, and income inequality, since all of this is right there on stage!
See it if you enjoy terrific ensemble acting and a contemporary and historical critique of capitalism. Great surprise in second act and fun to watch.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a critique of capitalism. If you are not in the middle of the theater hard to see. The play is too long and too ambitious.