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New York | 1h 20m | Ends Dec 30

The Net Will Appear

From 4 critic and 35 member reviews
Members say: Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Slow

About the show

On the rooftops of suburban Ohio, a 9-year-old girl and a 70-year-old man strike up the most incredible friendship. Richard Masur stars in this comic and heartfelt drama. More…

Bernard just wants to sit on his roof to enjoy a drink and get some peace and quiet. When his 9-year-old new neighbor, Rory discovers him out there, peace and quiet are the last things on her mind. The story of two eccentric people and a most unlikely friendship.

Hoboken Girl

for a previous production “The show was truly a surprisingly humorous story filled with love, heart, and compassion — where two wonderfully eccentric people find true friendship...Even with just two characters...one could feel the tenderness and emotions from the relationship throughout the 90 minutes...It would be easy to relate the experience to the peeling of an onion; slowly removing the layers of their experiences, past, and relationship in what forms to be an unforgettable and truly touching bond.” Full Review


for a previous production “The amazing Masur is paired with a most enchanting newcomer, Lawler, to help us understand what can happen over the course of a few seasons in one’s life...Through many hilarious moments we realize that both have a voice you want to hear...And you see a beautiful friendship blossom...Everyone has a person that is in their lives...that makes an imprint on the rest of their life. This play will help you remember that person and these two couldn’t do a better job of it.” Full Review


for a previous production “A tender and quite beautiful play...Most remarkable...is how Masur and Lawler work so effectively and movingly off of each other. The highly skilled and accomplished elder never seems to be restraining his range or playing down to his young costar...He offers a complex, nuanced performance, confident that Lawler can travel with him...There are no great fireworks or shocking revelations...Cirnigliaro, Masur, and Lawler combine skillfully to achieve a warm pace for that journey.” Full Review

New Jersey Stage

for a previous production “This is a tender, moving, slice of lives. Mallon dialogue snaps with wit and craft. She in concert with director Mark Cirnigliaro create memorable characters with amazingly strong performances from Masur and Lawler...Together the actors create a nice balance – she’s honest, forthright and all too apt to speak. He’s guarded for realistic reasons – especially given her age...The production is credible, warm and engaging.” Full Review

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like clever writing and a sensitive story.

Don't see it if Don’t like kid’s performances, two people plays.

Delightful, Enchanting, Moving, Entertaining, Heart-warming

See it if you enjoy a moving story about a girl (her youthful ideas, family issues and honesty) and a 70-year-old who bridge gaps and help each other.

Don't see it if you don't like kids play major parts in a play and/or don't enjoy the (sometimes brutal) honesty with which kids see and describe the world.

Also This is really a theatre gem which develops over time more and more il... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you like a good drama with some humor with just 2 characters who are both wonderful!

Don't see it if you want a very deep play with a larger cast.

Also I loved it! The young girl in the cast was a bit hard to understand, b... Read more Read less

Delightful, Sweet, tender, funny, heart-provoking

See it if you are interested in seeing a show that demonstrates how one unexpected connection can help you navigate through life.

Don't see it if you aren't moved by the gentleness and kindness of the human spirit.

Also I loved this show. I thought Richard Masur was perfect for the part. T... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if This show made us laugh and cry. The acting by both Richard Masur and the little girl (we saw the alternate) Eve Johnson was great.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a show with 2 characters, one being a 9 year old. But you should see it anyway.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like shows that are just a slice of life: two ordinary people who are going through difficulties at very different stages in life.

Don't see it if You don't like small casts. You don't think a 9 year-old would get why Rohrschach is funny.

Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if U want to see a fabulous play with outstanding performances.Masur is BRILLIANT and young Eve Johnson is a powerhouse actress in the making.

Don't see it if Themes of depression, grief, loss or difficult family dynamics is a trigger.But this is a gem-a chance to see a brilliant actor at his best.

Funny, Great acting, Underrated, Endearing

See it if You love the honesty, openess, caring and hilarious quips of children, like heartwarming stories, both laughter and tears, you have empathy.

Don't see it if You dislike talky, energetic children, or have a problem understanding them. You don't want a child to have most of the lines.

Also I had the actress named, Eve, playing Rory and had no trouble understa... Read more Read less

Poignant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great set

See it if Sweet, funny & sad play. Nothing is surprising but it is very engaging, well-acted and keeps your attention throughout. I'd recommend it.

Don't see it if you want more pizzazz. This is just a series of conversation between an older man and a young girl. But totally engaging.

Also Play is just an hour and 20 minutes.

Sweet sad and cute all at the same time

See it if You want to watch two characters interact that at first appear to have nothing in common but then have everything in common

Don't see it if You are looking for something other than what the description tells us. It’s just two characters and very black box style

Also I was very excited for this and I was not disappointed. I have a soft ... Read more Read less

Funny, Cliched, Slow

See it if you like intimate, dialogue-heavy shows. Sweet story and very funny at times.

Don't see it if you expect anything profound or exciting to happen, or if you don't appreciate shows with children actors.

Sweet, short, entertaining

See it if for Richard Masur, who is spot on and a pleasure to watch.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy a small play with a slow plot, where one character is a hyper 9 year old who speaks too quickly and in a squeaky voice

Also The play grew on me and was poignant. I think if the young girl’s part... Read more Read less

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if This place is a cute and touching tribute to 2 unlikely people that become friends. One is a 9 year old and the other a 70 yo.

Don't see it if You want a big cast and all the broadway hoopla. We enjoyed this show very much and would highly recommend it for a sweet production

Slow, Fluffy

See it if You would enjoy a play about a relationship between an elderly man and a child.

Don't see it if You need to see a play with a fast moving plot and an elaborate production.

Also The story was too slow moving for me, and the actress who played the y... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Engaging, Sweet premise

See it if Want to see a perfectly nice play that looks at the world through both ends of life's continuum. No new ground, but touching/satisfying.

Don't see it if Sadly, the young actor is hyper, high-voiced, and thus, hard to understand.Script pushes the right buttons though, and both actors are good.

Well acted, Cute, Sweet, Warm hearted

See it if you like small shows about 2 characters that sweetly touch each other's lives while slowly revealing each others' turbulent worlds

Don't see it if you want high drama.

Also this was a warm-hearted​ story with a nice pace and well-written chara... Read more Read less

Cliched, Amusing, Twee, Sitcom-y

See it if you like a sassy (not believable) kid. Rory is smart/precocious...except when she's clueless for laughs. Inconsistent char, but some charm.

Don't see it if you want true insights into human hearts. TNWA is played for easy laughs. Nice set. Well acted (altern Rory). Some unnecessary sexual talk.

Funny, Clever, Light-hearted

See it if you've ever wondered what if Annie and Carl (from Up) were neighbors. Exactly what you'd expect, but still fun.

Don't see it if you're over the cute little girl with a smart mouth routines. Dialogue is 80% little girl.

Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Slow

See it if The story about old age meets young age doesn’t get old; witness a beaten down soul get touched by innocence; great writing with slow reveal

Don't see it if You’re looking for something innovative or experimental; you have limited patience for the unbounded energy of a 9-year old

Great acting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Endearing

See it if Interested in witnessing a series of cute interactions between old/young characters with different world views

Don't see it if you’re expecting deeply thought-provoking material or you wouldn’t enjoy a 9-year-old delivering a majority of the lines

Nice small story

See it if You appreciate a small intimate story with two people.

Don't see it if You don’t like a small intimate little play

Also Would have enjoyed more if I could have understood more than half of t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Cliched

See it if You like a well acted play with well written dialogue that is touching. The play is well executed throughout and always works.

Don't see it if You are bothered by clichés and maudlin sentiment even if it is well done.


See it if you are interested in a heartwarming scenario between an aging man dealing with loss and his 9 year lonely young female neighbor.

Don't see it if you only appreciate seasoned performances.

Also The young girl had a squeaky childlike voice that many audience member... Read more Read less


See it if You like a show that slowly explores the lives of each of the characters. The little girl is remarkable that she could learn so much dialog.

Don't see it if Big broadway productions is what you are after.

Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Richard Masur gives an excellent performance in this two person drama about life, friendship and loss. Touching story.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer light dramas or musicals.

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