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The Perplexed

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Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Entertaining

About the show

In Tony winner Richard Greenberg's biting new play for MTC, two families, whose lives have been tumultuously intertwined for decades, gather to celebrate the nuptials of their children.

From the show:

Two families, whose lives have been tumultuously intertwined for decades, gather in the massive library of a Fifth Avenue apartment to celebrate the nuptials of their children. Nothing goes smoothly and as the big moment approaches, the burning question is: can everyone put aside long-smoldering jealousies and deep-seated grudges and just get through the ceremony? The Perplexed, a bitingly witty new play, reunites Tony winner Richard Greenberg with MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties, Our Mother’s Brief Affair).

Member Reviews (120)


Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Great acting, Entertaining
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if The set outdoes all of the previous outstanding sets at M.T.C. Great to see so many of our favorites in the cast

Don't see it if Trying too hard. Little action. Relationships muddled. Could use some cutting

Raunchy, Overrated, Great staging, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love a zany comedy and are okay with it missing its mark

Don't see it if Are looking for intelligent theater . Play uses many Yiddish expressions that might go over your head

Needs editing, Verbose, Great set, Excellent acting, Interesting characters

See it if you like exploration of 2 families, their interactions & conflict, effect of an evil patriarch with excellent acting & production values.

Don't see it if you dislike a verbose script, characters that, at times, do not seem "real" & annoyingly complex soliloquies that go on too long.

Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Cliched, Banal

See it if and only if you are HUNGRY to see Margaret Colin, Gregg Edelman and Frank Wood on stage.

Don't see it if you are easily BORED, hungry for a story where something interesting happens, or where hoping for a 1930's style stage screwball comedy.

Also Playwright Richard Green has dazzled audiences with such plays as East... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Too many characters, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Unnecessarily complex family drama taking place off and on stage with a cast of ten characters with a lot of back-story.

Don't see it if Intellectuals philosophizing at a family wedding, with a lot of speech writing --and underlying drama.

Also This potentially fun complex family drama about two upper-class Jewish... Read more Read less

Confusing, Insipid, Great staging, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you like family comedies even if the story doesn't ring true.

Don't see it if you want a tightly written script that is understandable.

Also I was disappointed in the direction of the play. I always enjoyed Lynn... Read more Read less

Perplexing, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a play with a lovely set and good acting. This play was truly perplexing - was that the point?

Don't see it if You want any type of theatrical 'experience' or revelation. This is just lots of talking for a very long time.

Banal, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You are into family doings and have nothing better to do for 2 hours and fortyfive minutes!

Don't see it if Very disappointing and boring. Could!t wait for it to be over. Don’t waist your time!

Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you like spending time with spoiled, rich, pretentious, narcissistic people who occasionally say something witty. Beautifully appointed set

Don't see it if Few laughs or clever lines--rambling with no clear purpose or reason to be. Frank Wood is the only one that might make you feel or care.

Overrated, Cliched, Slow, Confusing

See it if You like seeing dysfunctional families at war with long and rambling philosophical dialogue in an unrealistic setting.

Don't see it if If wordy, overwritten plays are not your thing.

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

See it if Contemporary Linear dramas with an infusion of comedy.Extra points for the magnificent set of the library. Complex character development.

Don't see it if Unable to deal with foibles of Manhattan limousine liberals with .

Indulgent, Great set, Confusing, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You are a Richard Greenberg fan.

Don't see it if You are a Richard Greenberg fan. You will expect something much better.

Also This play is extremely talky and does not go anywhere. Some of the cha... Read more Read less

Slow, Ambitious, Great staging, Words, words, words

See it if you're interested in a 2 1/2 hour character and relationship study. It has good parts, but...

Don't see it if you want a crisp, well-edited play.

Also First of all, great set. The basic idea of the play is good, but there... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you like characters sitting around talking about the past with nothing at stake

Don't see it if if you like plays with high stakes , action, and want to care about the characters

Confusing, Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Clever

See it if Like plays with lots of dialogue which feature family dynamics. Enjoy NYC centric drawing roomesque shows with good acting. Enjoy banter

Don't see it if Want a musical or a deeply relevant play. Don't like shows with lots of talk and dizzying comings and goings and relationships.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Mr. Greenberg's writing and family dramatic comedies performed by a large talented cast.

Don't see it if you prefer shorter (90-minute, no intermission) plays that are more action driven.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Great staging

See it if Great set. Better than most apartments. Actors tried hard with verbose dialogue. Somewhat entertaining. Loved the care giver.

Don't see it if Long, tedious dialogue, family arguments, tensions. Cartoon like characters.

Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like new ensemble based plays.

Don't see it if You want a play with a driving plot.

Also Characters enter and exit and sometimes sit around while others talk, ... Read more Read less

Slow, Insipid, Confusing, Banal, Maybe this is greenberg's attempt to update "dinner at eight" ... sadly, it's a great big nothing-burger with all the fancy fixin's: all-star cast, elaborate set & costumes ... lights are on, but no one is home.

See it if you like the actors (who are all fine) & are a richard greenberg fan like old-fashioned, two-act comedy/dramas, that are polished.

Don't see it if you value your time. at two & a half hours, this is overlong by one hour & one intermission.

Also you enter the theater & are met with a gorgeous, elaborately detailed ... Read more Read less

Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if if you want to see an intelligent playwright satirize some current practices and value systems. If you appreciate biting witty dialogue.

Don't see it if if you don't want a bit of a dizzying cast of characters and some implausibly-stretched scenarios.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if good acting but tedious and confusing

Don't see it if not worth seeing

Confusing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like a lot of talking, without much drama or without much humor

Don't see it if You have great expectations about the script or the characters. Too much chatter and not enough significance.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Dated and confusing family slapstick

Don't see it if Dated and confusing family slapstick

Some good acting, Funny, Banal, Confusing, Slow

See it if It wasn’t terrible. There are some good performances but not enough to carry the clunky dialogue & lack of plot. There are some funny lines

Don't see it if There is quite a bit of over acting, probably because the show itself doesn’t have much to it.

Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You like large casts, good staging.

Don't see it if You prefer more action based stories.

March 3rd, 2020
"In ‘The Perplexed,’ Moral Gridlock on Fifth Avenue: Richard Greenberg’s overstuffed new play about family feuds and ethical choices turns a wedding comedy into a crisis."
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March 3rd, 2020
"Two upscale families clash during a wedding in this world-premiere play by Richard Greenberg, the Tony Award-winning author of 'Take Me Out.'"
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March 3rd, 2020
"A swank wedding brings out existential angst, savvy laughs and a little faith in Richard Greenberg's delightful new comedy."
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March 3rd, 2020
"Richard Greenberg's 'The Perplexed' Lives Up to Its Title: A new drama about the struggles of the one percent comes to Manhattan Theatre Club."
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