The Michaels
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The Michaels NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(81 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
20%
Negative
4%
Members say
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the Show

Tony Award-winning playwright/director Richard Nelson returns to The Public with the next installment of his Rhinebeck Panorama, exploring the rich humanity within the incidental moments of a single day.

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Member Reviews (81)

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
86
Sweet, Great staging, Intimate, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a true, honest slice of life-almost like being dropped into these people’s lives for 2 hours. Beautiful, sincere.

Don't see it if You can’t sit quietly WITH the actors. You almost have to eavesdrop at times to catch all the dialogue. Read more

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
73
Resonant, Slow, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you enjoy a modern family play that looks at the lives of the family and inner turmoil. Good acting

Don't see it if Actors at times hard to hear. A Nelson play that you can read early what will happen.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
85
Sad, Warm, Great dancing, Intimate, Resonant

See it if Family of dancers gathers to honor their dying matriarch. Love of dancing ties the family together. Wonderful intimate dance performances.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy "slice of life". Slow, ponderous conversation and mundane tasks fill a lot of the time.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
90
Aromatic, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if u want to observe the latest family in Nelson's Rhinebeck Panorama & witness the best, most naturalistic acting anywhere on the NYC panorama

Don't see it if you're hungry [An entire meal is prepared on stage]; you don't like kitchen-sink drama or cerebral plays that unravel slowly in real-time. Read more

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
69
Pales in comparison to nelson’s previous family plays, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if Fan of Nelson, enjoy realistic, intimate family stories that take place in real time on actual week, genuine heartfelt issues, believable

Don't see it if Want a lot to happen in plays, don’t enjoy contemporary slice-of-life portraits of middle class life, trouble hearing soft-spoken dialogue

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
91
Be fly on the wall as family & friends get together 2 take stock of career of charismatic choreographer who's dying; pedestrian but profound

See it if poignant interaction of dying woman who will not go quietly/those honoring her; dance scenes brilliantly reveal inter-generational dynamics

Don't see it if 4 some Nelson’s approach/observing everyday scenes among family/friends is agonizingly slow; I find it revelatory here Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
95
Consistent, Exquisite, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Delicious return to the Rhinebeck table . The team of Plunkett & O. Saunders (spouses) and Nelson masterly mesh verite acting and writing.

Don't see it if Slow and meandering are no deterrents when realism slices through Life's trials providing a consistently satisfying night of TRUE theatre. Read more

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
87
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if The acting is incredible, so natural, you feel like these are real people just sitting and talking. I loved the dances.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit for two hours with no intermission at a play where not much happens. I did like it a lot, but it really felt too long. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
October 28th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "Dance as Life in Upstate New York: In this delicately wrought portrait of a dying choreographer and her family, Richard Nelson’s play considers the redemptive powers of art in fractious times."
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Time Out New York
October 29th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Part of the power of these plays lies in the naturalism and lack of sentimentality with which Nelson...allows them to unfold. And he's fortunate to be reunited here with Sanders and Plunkett, who bring affecting honesty to seemingly ordinary interactions."
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New Yorker
November 4th, 2019

"Richard Nelson’s Family Cycles Capture Life in Real Time: The up-to-the-minute timeliness of the playwright’s work is like a magnifying glass that focusses and intensifies the moment."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 28th, 2019

"Playwright-director Richard Nelson continues his intimate portraiture of our troubled times with the latest elegiac chapter in his 'Rhinebeck Panorama.'"
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BroadwayWorld
November 5th, 2019

"Richard Nelson Adds a New Family To His Intriguing Rhinebeck Panorama with 'THE MICHAELS'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 29th, 2019

"Delicately wrought and hard as a rock, 'The Michaels' seduces with the details, caught on the fly, of lives well-lived in spite of everything. The play, subtitled, 'Conversations During Difficult Times,' is a balm for troubled spirits."
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New York Stage Review
October 28th, 2019

5/5 Stars "Nelson, in his 'Rhinebeck Panorama' series, has presented us with evening after evening after evening of intriguing and engrossing drama. The Michaels join the Apples and the Gabriels, and playgoers are urged to take a seat around the table while seats are still available."
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New York Stage Review
October 28th, 2019

4/5 Stars "It's nice to be back in Rhinebeck. The Michaels is a work about time passing, about things passing, about remembering what came before - and is there anything so ephemeral as the steps to a movement long ago last danced?:
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