The Treasurer
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The Treasurer

The Treasurer NYC Reviews and Tickets

(129 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent

About the Show

Playwrights Horizons presents a darkly comic, sharply intimate character study that chronicles the strained ties between a son (Tony nominee Peter Friedman) and his aging mother (Tony winner Deanna Dunagan).

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909 Reviews | 924 Followers
Baffling, Slow, Messy, Bastion for victimhood, Juvenile

See it if The acting is the only saving grace. But there's only so much good actors can do with a bad script.

Don't see it if you are a psychologically healthy individual with no mommy issues you want to exacerbate. You don't care about bizarre plots Read more

975 Reviews | 341 Followers
Disappointing, Unfocused, Superficial, Well acted, Slow

See it if you can't get enough of dysfunctional family dramedies, esply those using the worn device of memory narration. Solid acting (Dunagan!)

Don't see it if you want a coherent story in which people grow. The vignettes added up to nothing. Pace was slow. Cromer had people eat a surprise Read more

712 Reviews | 215 Followers
Intense, Slow, Conflicted, Sad, Disturbing

See it if Cautionary tale about not being able to forgive and be kind after circumstances have changed. Ironically, treasurer: one who treasures.

Don't see it if You don’t want to watch someone suffer because they are so weighed down with emotional baggage that they cannot love a demented old woman.

708 Reviews | 155 Followers
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Troubling

See it if To see work by young writer, encounter quirky, clever staging, explore mother-son relationship complete with guilt, manipulation & grief

Don't see it if You don't like somewhat cryptic staging in a memory play, can't deal with aging, dementia, guilt, obligation, death, grief & notions of hell Read more

643 Reviews | 279 Followers
Challenges the audience but too abstract to care deeply

See it if very clever/funny riff on Glass Menagerie where central question becomes what responsibility does son have 2 impossible mother; strong leads

Don't see it if Amanda Wingfield character unbelievably irresponsible, ending in purgatory, a misstep; ultimately you don't care enough about characters

496 Reviews | 727 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Slow

See it if you enjoy shows about family relations, or want to see some remarkable performances.

Don't see it if the subject of a parent’s aging and mortality make you uncomfortable, or you prefer something “high tempo.” This may be a downer for some.

534 Reviews | 132 Followers
Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Friedman is wonderful as is Dunagan. Another dysfunctional family with son full of resentment for mom, perhaps wishing otherwise.

Don't see it if At times I found the play boring, at other times poignant. Very mixed feelings, I was expecting more. Read more

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want to see great acting by all. Very impressive in that respect. Peter Friedman is always compelling. Others were excellent too.

Don't see it if You want to see something light. This is intense. It is about a parent descending into dementia. Hard to watch at times.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
September 26th, 2017

"An emotionally dense play...Mr. Posner’s writing is often effectively double-edged, an amalgam of 21st-century casualness and cadenced lyricism. He is blessed in his director, Mr. Cromer...and his cast. Mr. Friedman is marvelous in evoking a rational man being steadily consumed by a cancerous guilt, while Ms. Dunagan’s shrewd performance fully justifies his jagged ambivalence...Mr. Posner...has a sharp and original ear for the tension between what is spoken and what is not."
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Time Out New York
September 26th, 2017

"'The Treasurer' ultimately feels emotional and personal, balancing the inevitability of Ida’s decline with unexpected swerves in the Son’s complex reactions. David Cromer’s precise, unsentimental staging gives the play the room it needs to breathe and the actors fill the space he gives them. I will not soon forget watching Friedman, a performer of uncanny ease, evoke the private hell of the Son’s devising, where his wounds are licked by gentle flames."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 26th, 2017

"A quiet revelation...It makes boundaries porous, creates a space that blends the mundane and the mystic, that slips between the life of the moment and the life of the mind, even obscures the border between life and whatever comes after...A ravishing slow burn, with layers that quietly unpeel as the piece goes on...Deanna Dunagan gives an adjective-defying performance. She made my chest hurt."
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The Hollywood Reporter
September 26th, 2017

"Featuring superb performances by Friedman and Dunagan, 'Treasurer' tackles its difficult subject matter with sensitivity and flights of lyricism. Unfortunately, the play doesn't live up to its considerable ambitions. Diffuse and unfocused, it provokes as much impatience as feeling...Cromer's staging feels unduly fussy and the pacing is sluggish...Problematic but affecting, 'Treasurer' reveals a playwright with promise who needs some seasoning to bring his ideas to more successful fruition."
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New York Daily News
September 26th, 2017

"When all is said and done, Max Posner has written a thoughtful, fairly straight-up family story—one that nods openly to 'The Glass Menagerie.' But between its fragmented structure and repetitive scenes and sometimes quirky direction by David Cromer (hey, let’s obstruct the view of these audience members) the production can confound. It can also, on occasion, delight."
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September 26th, 2017

"Posner dramatizes this all-too-common scenario with style and sensitivity, leading us to think about our own lives with uncommon clarity...Cromer's production is full of such subtle yet confident visual storytelling...We would be inclined to hate The Son were it not for Friedman's remarkably sympathetic performance...Posner has created a clear-eyed portrait of the tension between perception and reality that has harrowing implications for the way we age in America."
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October 16th, 2017

"As directed by David Cromer, the relationship between the reunited mother and son, beautifully played by the two fine actors, is decidedly unsentimental...Like much of the 95-minute piece, the moment is understated, which is what makes 'The Treasurer' so fascinating. The tragedy and pathos that emerges sprouts from the self-judgement one feels when one simply doesn't feel.”
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Lighting & Sound America
October 12th, 2017

"A production that benefits from two of the most unsparing performances to be seen this season...This strange, sad dance of expired love is given vivid life by Friedman and Dunagan, under the exacting, pointillist direction of Cromer...A singular piece of writing, sometimes totally naturalistic, sometimes informed by quirky fantasy...At times, the play feels stranded between styles...Still, by the final scenes, it's easy to feel that Posner has known all along where he is headed."
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