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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

Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like intimate staging and simple yet impactful storytelling

Don't see it if You're not a fan of precocious children

Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Great writing, Delightful

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play dealing with representations of the stages of life portrayed by two remarkable actors.

Don't see it if You are looking for drama with a hard edge or something unconventional.

Also I was impressed with the acting in this play both by Richard Masur and... Read more Read less

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Charming, Cliched, Warm hearted

See it if would enjoy a lighthearted entertaining 90 minutes of a curmudgeon and precocious child bridging the age divide. Well acted, funny, moving.

Don't see it if you would not enjoy an overused trope even though entertaining, well acted, updated, and well done.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Resonant, 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.

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You're entertained by interesting characters, especially precocious young ladies, interacting.

Don't see it if You really need a traditional plot.

Sweet, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You like sweet shows about unlikely friendships.

Don't see it if You like shows with actions

Also This is a very sweet show about two unlikely friends. As it unfolds, y... 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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want to watch two characters go from nothing in common to everything in common

Don't see it if you want to see real insights into human hearts and a show with little or no sexual talk.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Charming

See it if you want an introspective look at youth and old age coming together. Masur is worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a small intimate two person show although this show has enough plot to easily fill the time.

Cliched, Insincere

See it if you don't mind characters who don't ring true but rather buy into cuteness;

Don't see it if you expect something more than an exercise abut a simplistic premise

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

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

Clever, Delightful, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like character studies involving a small cast and a story with people going through problems at all phases of life.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with special effects, singing or dancing.

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

Disappointing, Great performance by masur, Difficult to hear understudy girl’s lines, Girl’s lines lacked emotional resonance, Girl failed to display the requisite emotional growth

See it if Masterful performance by Masur, great timing, great emotional depth Impressive that a young girl could memorize so many lines

Don't see it if For girl’s character to “sing” requires an actress of greater subtlety, able to hit varied notes. Character development needed emotional...

Also revelation through the acting to match the script’s factual revelation... Read more Read less

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

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Great writing

See it if It shows the similarities and differences in each generation.

Don't see it if you hate shows with kids.

Intelligent, Intense, Clever, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You enjoy shows that deal with realistic but intense topics with witty dialogue and well-developed characters.

Don't see it if You don't go to the theater to see intensely sad topics addressed and/or if you don't enjoy shows with a small cast - in this case two.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like clever writing, performed by an actor who nails his part, and a child who performs with the chops of an adult.

Don't see it if you don't like child actors or small productions that make you think.

Also Richard Masur was perfect as Bernard. We saw Eve Johnson, the alternat... 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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