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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing
77
Avg Score

58
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

73
Absorbing, Delightful, Cliched, Great acting

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.

80
Great acting, Resonant, Charming, Touching

See it if ..you'll enjoy a touching relationship between a retired gentleman and a his young neighbor. Excellent performances.

Don't see it if .. you don't enjoy sentimentality

67
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.

97
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Moving, 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

54
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.

70
Banal, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in an unlikely friendship between an aging old man & a young obnoxious girl

Don't see it if young screechy voice bothers you.

81
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if A wonderful story that holds your interest. Worth seeing, even though with my hearing problem some of the girl's lines were not clear.

Don't see it if This is not a "Disney" play. Both characters are faced with problems and have had their share of sadness.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Great staging

See it if You enjoy 2 character story, intimate theater space, great set for small venue, heart warming story of friendship

Don't see it if You prefer productions w/larger cast, acting is good -at times difficult to understand 10 yr old girl. But she knew all her lines-impressiv!

72
Entertaining

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.

78
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Sad

See it if You enjoy following the lives of two completely different people and seeing their stories unravel

Don't see it if You want something light and funny

83
Funny, Great acting, Endearing, Underrated

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

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like a slice of life between an 8 year old and a 75 year old

Don't see it if you don't like screechy , high pitched child voices

Also I know that this was an entertaining show by the reaction of the audie... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like Richard Masur

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if You would like a simple two person feel good show with a touch of sorrow.

Don't see it if You have low tolerance for an extremely annoying child actress.

68
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.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great writing

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

65
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.

65
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

60
Tedious

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

87
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Delightful

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.

79
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.

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are moved by the story of a 75 year old veteran as his beloved wife falls into dementia and a nine year old neighbor shares her troubles

Don't see it if the somewhat shrill delivery by a young actress would keep you from treasuring the insights and affection shared by two lonely characters

72
Endearing, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy

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

72
Disappointing

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


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 information...in 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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