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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

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.

Cliched, Cutesy sitcom kid meets curmudgeon, Sentimental, Unconvincing and predictable

See it if you'd be amused by a two-hander odd couple sitcom, driven by a thoroughly unbelievable 9-year old

Don't see it if you find child actor cuteness cloying or are annoyed by dialogue that goes for a laugh at the expense of any believable speech or behavior

Also If easy sentiment and familiar odd couple tropes amuse you, you may fi... Read more Read less

Not surprising, Not subtle, Well-trained child performance, Well-acted by richard masur, Ultimately net neutral

See it if you want to see a rare play carried by both a septuagenarian and a child, and enjoy a simple, direct play that hits the expected beats.

Don't see it if your teeth are put on edge by a child's performance that has pace and talent but precious little spontaneity. Masur's masterful.

Banal, Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Insipid

See it if Some of it is charming, and the acting by the older actor was natural and engaging.

Don't see it if You like a play with more to say and don't care for feel-good plays that star children. Some of the young girl's words were unintelligible.

Disappointing, Cliched, Mildly entertaining, Interesting concept, Funny

See it if You want to see performance by young child who sails through performance and her counterpart, an actor who does great job in his role.

Don't see it if The child was difficult to understand at times-it might be better if she slowed down. Liked the basic idea of story.

Sentimentally forced, Nice idea, Disappointing, Cute

See it if you enjoy a small cast, sweet (if forced) play and cast.

Don't see it if you want a large scale play. This is small and sweet.

Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Pointless

See it if you want to see a Seinfeld episode (nothing happens) starring a 9yr old. Child actress carries the weight of 75min no intermission dramedy.

Don't see it if you are looking fwd to Richard Masur doing more than sit in a chair & drink. He doesn't get a monologue until Act 3.

Also This play has an adorable premise--9yr old & the old curmudgeon. But i... Read more Read less


See it if Talented child actress although hard to understand her enunciation Some comic moments, but not enough

Don't see it if You do not want to see an annoying kid get under your skin.

Also Eve Johnson is very talented. She had the lines, mannerisms and moveme... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if You love a child actor. Like intelligent scripts.

Don't see it if You mind missing a high percentage of the spoken words, because the woman (9 year old actor) can't yet enunciate well.

Disappointing, Cliched, Annoying

See it if You will be as charmed by the blithely talkative 9-year-old girl as she is by herself.

Don't see it if You're expecting both actors/characters to be well rounded/fully developed or a play that will be memorable.

Also Perhaps a different actor could've made the girl character more bearab... Read more Read less

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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