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The Net Will Appear

From 72 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing

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.

Member Reviews (72)


Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing
Avg Score

Sitcom-y, Cliched, Amusing, Twee

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.

Sweet, Well acted, Warm hearted, Cute

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

Sweet, Cute, Entertaining

See it if A sweet 75minute play with nice performance.

Don't see it if You dislike smaller intimate plays.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Forced sentimentality, Relevant

See it if You like melodrama. This has some interesting ideas and clever staging but never quite takes hold.

Don't see it if You can’t overlook some pretty glaring acting flaws as well as a contrived script. Its entertaining enough but far from great.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want a really good story as bout an older retired man and a precocious young girl.

Don't see it if If you dont want a show that's touching, funny and sad.

Slow, Cliched, Funny, Delightful

See it if Dissimilar neighbours forge unlikely friendship. Soft candy coating wrapped around a hard vinegar center. Masur as always, very believable.

Don't see it if Tired set-up. The miscast kid can't act or deliver her lines...Merry Christmas.

Absorbing, Poignant, Great writing, Great acting, 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.

Touching, Charming, Bitterweet, Good set, Good acting and direction

See it if Real life 5th grader Eve Johnson plays a wonderfully precocious kid with a memory I envy. She & Masur are touching as opportune friends.

Don't see it if you want a meaty drama you can sink your teeth into. This is a sweet story of an unlikely pair who make each others lives better. Funny/sad

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

Engaging, Sweet premise, Entertaining

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.

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

Relevant, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Cute, Feel-good vibe

See it if you need a break from the dysfunctional family/drug plays and want a light, but relevant and thought provoking bit of amusement.

Don't see it if you dislike screechy child actors who deliver their lines like a machine gun; plays that are totally predictable, grouchy, sad old men.

Also A play worth seeing, if only for the excellent acting of Masur. The pl... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you like small shows that deal with human connections, what makes a family, & the importance of reaching out.Masur is terrific.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas that are touching and funny. This one is moving and beautifully done. Young Eve Johnson is a delightful surprise.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Thought-provoking

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a touching and funny play that will tug at your heart strings. You want to see two wonderful performers do a great job.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with just two people. You don't like comedic dramas. You don't like well written and performed plays.

Also I was totally absorbed by this play. The night I went the part of 9 ye... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if It was a wonderful play with a phenomenal acting. I was moved to tears.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of deeply emotional plays and are not a fan of 2 person plays.

Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Delightful

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.

Sweet, No there there, Disappointing, Nice set, Slow

See it if You'd like to see a gentle two-hander, and the predictability and sitcom setup won't bother you.

Don't see it if You want a fresh revelation or two or a deeper exploration than can be had with a 9-year-old at the helm.

Also The child actor tonight was hard to understand, and she has a lot, tru... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great set, Enchanting

See it if You like the aesthetics of a sitcom with some dark undertones. Are looking for two great characters that will stay with you.

Don't see it if You dislike humor that seems to come from a desire to make the audience laugh rather than coming naturally from its characters.

Also "Leap and the net will appear." -John Burroughs... Read more Read less

Funny, Sweet, Engaging, Poignant

See it if you want a sweet, sad short story about the beginning and the end of middle class lifetimes, from trivial concerns to profound loss

Don't see it if a hyper, garbling, high-voiced little kid actor would irk you; are not interested a short play about youth vs. age

Also Worth seeing for Richard Masur alone. I thought he was amazing.

Cliched, Annoying, Just awful

See it if You like Hallmark movie material and enjoy listening to a screechy obnoxiously precocious child for 75 minutes.

Don't see it if The premise is the same old-crochety old man charmed by young child garbage. Humor is so bad I couldn't believe anyone was laughing.

Also Who writes an adult play that has a young child delivering the majorit... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a beautifully crafted relationship play involving a precocious young girl and an elderly man; an uplifting play

Don't see it if you only enjoy musicals; you don't like two-character plays; you want something longer than 75 minutes

Touching, Cliched, Slow, Relevant, Funny

See it if you like a sweet story dealing with many topics.

Don't see it if you like alot of action or don't want to see a cranky old man or precocious child

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Sweet, Touching

See it if you want to see a delightful and touching story about a friendship that bridges the generation gap

Don't see it if you shows that revolve around kids and old men.

December 15th, 2018
“You will want to see this charming intergenerational two hander. It's a play that tugs at your heartstrings and also makes you smile...This unexpected friendship between two very different individuals is truly inspiring...The acting couldn't be better...The actors master Cirnigliaro's wonderfull...
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December 17th, 2018
"This is one of those opposites-attract two-handers in which two people meet and instantly irritate each other, then gradually open up and form an unshakeable bond. Since this is the only possible plot trajectory, suspense is impossible; one's enjoyment hinges on becoming engaged with the charact...
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December 12th, 2018
"Comically and touchingly demonstrated...What surprises most is how empathetic we grow to both characters. While the setup covers territory we've seen before, the playwright wins us over by feeding us bits and pieces, allowing each to show their authenticity and vulnerability...T...
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December 14th, 2018
"Gradually, as the course of a year passes, we learn about the characters' trouble-filled off-stage lives: Rory is coping with being part of a broken family; Bernard suffered loss early in life, and his wife now has medical issues. The growing friendship between the two opposites is obviously mea...
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