The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(189 Ratings)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
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Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan star in the first revival of Lorraine Hansberry's final play.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (189)

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118 Reviews | 23 Followers
100
Resonant, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if You want to see essential theater. This is a must for any real theater lover. Don't believe the critics. Go.

Don't see it if You want a light flashy piece of fluff with well made plotting.

194 Reviews | 38 Followers
99
Classy, Smart, Very new york, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to soak up some lesser known Hansberry delivered by actors (STARS) at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span - it’s 3+ hours

119 Reviews | 41 Followers
96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see an authentically-realized capsule of a moment and place in time

Don't see it if you can't invest the time needed or want to see something more aligned with contemporary mores and issues Read more

122 Reviews | 13 Followers
95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if An amazing show, from start to finish. Could have been written today; a shame it hasn't been revived sooner. Acting is SUPERB!

Don't see it if You like only fluffy comedies or light dramas, and not shows that delve deeply into intellectual ideals and practices.

483 Reviews | 194 Followers
93
Riveting (especially the first 3/4ths), Ambitious and brave for the era, Great (sometimes uneven) acting, Thought-provoking, Complicated and messy in a good way

See it if piqued by an elevated whirlwind of a Lorraine Hansberry play that offers a glimpse of what she could have penned if she’d not died so young.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with: prostitution, drug addiction, bossism, racism, antisemitism, interracial relationships, extramarital affairs, misogyny. Read more

577 Reviews | 278 Followers
90
Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if An all-star incredible production in all aspects.Set in the West Village in the '60s, this is the story of Sidney,a Bohemian intellectual,*

Don't see it if Some dialogues may sound 2celebral&demand close attn but, as a reviewer pointed out, "Finally a play that makes us think"&raises our sights. Read more

762 Reviews | 422 Followers
90
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A delicious & complicated Lorraine Hansberry play touching on America’s societal sins & struggles. Provocative & well written script. Bravo!

Don't see it if This was a three hour play which many might have difficulties sitting through. If you prefer a lighter play, then skip this one.

406 Reviews | 96 Followers
90
Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a classic show done very well, or are a Star Wars or Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fan - Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan are superb

Don't see it if you prefer musicals/comedies or don’t like period plays. Story is unfocused but entertaining and the acting makes up for any deficiencies Read more

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
February 27th, 2023

“Its hailstorm of ideas remains stunning — and aptly painful if, as a proud progressive, you’re struck in the face by the ice of its wit. But as human drama goes, and despite fine performances by Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan, it’s hard to discern a satisfying emotional shape in all the weather. It’s blurry.”
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New York Theatre Guide
February 28th, 2023

“Hansberry’s play has plenty of sweep – maybe too much. It takes on racism, anti-Semitism, political corruption, suicide, homosexuality, and social activism. Performances are all over the map.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 27th, 2023

“The play is harsh, but as it pares its hero down, it reveals something hopeful...Hansberry has this hope that, from a gesture, a streak of actual commitment might be revealed in Sidney like a vein of gold.”
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The Wall Street Journal
February 27th, 2023

“What Hansberry sensitively captures, through most of the characters, is that troubling period in many people’s lives when the ideals of youth begin to seem chimerical, and getting a firm foothold on more practical kinds of success suddenly seems alluring.”
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The Washington Post
February 27th, 2023

“It’s a funnier, rangier and in some ways more ambitious play that gives its central character attributes both magnetic and off-putting.”
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Entertainment Weekly
February 27th, 2023

“Things will only get worse if people don't stand together and fight for a better world...’The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window’ remains a powerful call to embrace that fight. This imaginatively-staged, passionately-acted production does justice to her political vision.”
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AM New York
February 27th, 2023

“...it unfortunately did not come together into a coherent, critical-minded play but rather a plodding diatribe full of one-dimensional characters and melodramatic plot twists.”
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Theatermania
February 27th, 2023

“...Kauffman's thrilling staging — led by the terrific Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan — brings Hansberry's words to life with the urgency of something written yesterday. Sure, it's a little hirsute but the whole thing is just so alive that it's nothing short of dazzling.”
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