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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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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

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.

Critic Reviews (15)

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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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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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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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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November 5th, 2019

"Richard Nelson Adds a New Family To His Intriguing Rhinebeck Panorama with 'THE MICHAELS'"
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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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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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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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November 10th, 2019

"Richard Nelson's latest play, 'The Michaels' (subtitled a 'Conversation During Difficult Times') is a thing of beauty. Low-key like his Apple Family quartet and his The Gabriels trilogy, it is Chekhovian in the best sense of the word: very little happens but life passes by."
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October 30th, 2019

"Beautifully acted and meticulously directed by its author Richard Nelson."
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November 14th, 2019

"The model is steeped in familial tradition and natural engagement, as the uber-talented cast makes this beautiful trip just for us...We sit back and let the aromas waft through our soul, knowing full well that all will gingerly be revealed in good time."
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November 26th, 2019

"It explores the avenues of rejection, acceptance, creativity, mortality, vulnerability and commitment with precise scrutiny perhaps at times discovering hidden truths. As director, Mr. Nelson delivers a slice of life episode that is deftly unleashed...with courage and conviction."
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November 8th, 2019

"If Richard Nelson were hired to direct the next Marvel movie, would Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk sit around the kitchen table in Rhinebeck, New York for two hours talking in barely audible voices about art, death, politics, and their old fights with Loki…? That's the formula"
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November 12th, 2019

"I can’t help hoping that the promised follow-up…will somehow abandon the formula and provide the kind of emotional catharsis that soars in this work’s dances but is generally suppressed in its dialogue. If so, perhaps Nelson can leave Rhinebeck and move on to other dramatic real estate."
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November 10th, 2019

"As director, Nelson has emphasized naturalism, so that the actors give no evidence of projecting to an audience; rather the effect is that the audience is eavesdropping. This has sometimes been an annoyance in the past, but here sound designer Scott Lehrer has managed to make it work."
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