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The Treasurer

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
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Critics
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29 reviews
Members
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95 reviews
 

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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Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of the Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. 

 
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Reviews (124)

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71
Avg Score

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"'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." Full Review

60
The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review

75
The Huffington Post

"Posner displays a brightly contemporary point of view with a keen comic sense. Bright and keen, yes; fully realized, no. Fortunately, he has Cromer to help move this nonlinear memory play along. Posner also profits from excellent central performances by mother and son...Some viewers are likely to object to length, or choppiness, or what might seem to be aimlessness. But Posner is a playwright to watch and to follow, and Friedman and Dunagan make 'The Treasurer' well worth the visit." Full Review

60
DC Theatre Scene

"Wonderfully acted, and there are a good number of solid scenes, some funny, some moving. But one walks away as from a family reunion that wasn’t as satisfying as one had hoped...In a family drama, even one about familial alienation, one yearns for some family interaction. 'The Treasurer' seems to be deliberately keeping its family characters at a distance from one another...With nowhere else to go, the playwright mixes in a scene or two that mix middlebrow philosophizing with sci-fi." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"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." Full Review

70
The Huffington Post

"'The Treasurer' is the study of a beset character whom Friedman plays wrenchingly right through a final in-one talk to patrons that tugs at the heart until the heart cracks. But as a 95-minute intermissionless character study, it stints on aspects that might have been elaborated on...By the final blackout—and the minor flaws notwithstanding—'The Treasurer' is not only a moving experience but also something of a unique one." Full Review

60
New York Daily News

"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." Full Review

75
CurtainUp

"While Dunagan's performance as Posner's pivotal character is touching and often funny, the big star turn here belongs to Friedman...Given the dark reality of this story, we need some humor to offset the at times excruciatingly difficult to watch economic and emotional travails of Posner's characters...Cromer taps into what makes 'The Treasurer' touch our hearts...Not lighthearted entertainment...But neither is there anything smug or falsely hokey...The production overall is well worth seeing." Full Review

45
Theatre Reviews Limited

"The first act manages to establish character, conflict, setting, and theme. The second act unfortunately repeats this construct, and makes the endeavor seem overlong and overwrought...Posner’s play has much to offer and 'The Treasurer' would have perhaps worked better if the fluidity and capriciousness of the mind matched more closely the workings of the script, and if Cromer’s unusual staging were less awkward." Full Review

82
Front Mezz Junkies

"An engaging new play, wickedly funny and surprisingly surreal...Directed by the always impressive Cromer, the fluidness of the storytelling feels entrancing...It’s seamless and fluid, keeping us thoroughly engaged at every turn regardless of how uncomfortable, sad, and funny it all is, and it’s usually all three at the same moments...Posner has written a very funny and honest play about the complications of an imperfect mother/son relationship and what is possibly in store for us all." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"A small gem of a play. Dark, funny, and disturbing...The inspired words of a fresh young playwright in the mouth of a seasoned, nuanced actor combined to make arresting, exciting theater grab us and not let go...The scenes are fast and furious at times...Cromer has done a masterful job of staging all this seamlessly...I can’t say enough about Friedman’s performance...Every breath, every pause conveys precisely what he’s thinking and he is a joy to watch." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"At times very funny and moving, Posner’s choppy family drama is weighted down by authorial, stylistic excesses. Luckily it has the superb Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan as a contentious son and mother who elevate the patchy material...Besides the outstanding performances, director Cromer’s staging achieves a striking visual dimension...Conceptually erratic though poignant, 'The Treasurer' is nearly redeemed by its two powerful, central performances." Full Review

75
Gotham Playgoer

"There are some very funny bits along the way, some more relevant than others...It is uneven and fragmented and could benefit from further work. Nevertheless, Posner’s writing has a quirky energy that shows promise for the future...Cromer is only partially successful in pulling it all together. While it doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time, it is an imaginative take on an all too relevant problem and affords the opportunity to see two top-notch actors at work." Full Review

80
Upstage-Downstage

"The playwright, the performers, and director David Cromer manage to take this familiar situation into intriguing directions that leave us uncertain as to where our sympathies lie...It all sounds rather bleak, but thanks to these master actors and a director with an eye for detail, 'The Treasurer' is a fascinating study of how apron strings can become a choking garrote...We are left to consider who has been responsible for all the little murders we have been witness to." Full Review

80
CitiTour

"An often moving and sometimes funny meditation on parent-child guilt...Friedman’s work through these 95 minutes is both seemingly simple and stunningly truthful, while Dunagan unveils every facet of this complex woman...Cromer’s direction is, as usual, smart and sensitive...Don’t let the plot outline of 'The Treasurer' deter you from this well-written play. What sounds merely depressing is actually quite enlightening." Full Review

60
Financial Times (UK)

"'The Treasurer' breaks a taboo by portraying Ida and her son as mutually indifferent. They both have plenty of charm and compassion, just not for one another...The un-Oedipal story unfolds sluggishly under David Cromer’s direction. Such ponderousness is clearly supposed to replicate the tedium of real life. But, while there are several lively comic interludes involving various supporting characters, the tone of Ida and her son’s exchanges remains too consistently dismal." Full Review

85
Manhattan Digest

"May not be one of the fastest moving plays around, but it is certainly one of the most honest, timely, and sapient works that subtly paints a complex portrait of relationships between a mother and her children...Director David Cromer guides the production with sensitivity. He is isn’t afraid of the awkward pauses and contemplation that his actors so wisely give to this material." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"Posner sets Jacob and Ida up as perfect foils for each other: protagonist and antagonist in a serious conflict punctuated by laugh lines...Dunagan is delightful as Ida...As Jacob, Peter Friedman is likable but more complex and far more tortured than his mother...The struggle between Ida and her son keeps our attention with its humor and familiarity. Our involvement would be more acute and the piece more affecting if mother and son were more evenly matched." Full Review

85
Off Off Online

"Posner’s deeply felt, sharply observed play about dementia and care-giving...Friedman manages to balance Jacob’s resentfulness with the suggestion of an unseen reservoir of pain...Cromer has directed expertly, blending humor and anger and sadness into a cohesive whole...It’s a marvelous introduction to a young writer with the astonishing talent to convey truths that apply more forcefully to a generation he doesn’t belong to—his ability to empathize so vividly is no small achievement." Full Review

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Village Voice

“With a central character who refuses to change, and an antagonist who refuses to give up on her, ‘The Treasurer’s’ situation hits a dramatic impasse. It seems much longer than its ninety minutes because it can’t do anything but get worse, and it can only end, as it does, with death. Nor is there much to empathize with along its frustrating way, though Friedman, convincing and articulate as always, conveys The Son’s inner pain without any extra pleadings for pity.” Full Review

45
Talkin' Broadway

"Posner has a distinct voice, almost aggressively prosaic and conversational, and there's some deep feeling in his child-parent deliberations. But he hasn't offered a surprising or dramatic story, and he's surrounded the proceedings with a lot of air...It's curious how 'The Treasurer' smooths everything out—keeping the language simple and unpoetic, tamping the emotions down, lingering on the smaller moments of life. Is Posner aiming for universality? I'm afraid he's largely achieved passivity." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"'The Treasurer' is a 95-minute, intermission-less play, but it is rich and layered, and I think you’ll agree that Posner has not skimped when it comes to substance. Pathos and humor blend in ways that make the audience squirm...Friedman is terrific portraying a deeply conflicted man, but one who is also wry and philosophical about his predicament...Cromer’s direction is steady and shrewd. I especially liked the way he challenges the audience with long, uncomfortable silences." Full Review

40
Show Showdown

"It can take a while to realize that there is very little there there...It distances itself from truly engaging the audience by having few face-to-face encounters, by using a cold and unattractive set, and by failing to establish the characters' personalities...Dunagan and Friedman do much to provide complexity and humanity, but the play limits their ability to draw truly human characters...'The Treasurer' relies on a sense of its own importance, and little more." Full Review

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75
Avg Score

73
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Cliched

See it if you want a fairly standard family drama with some fantastical elements and clever design

Don't see it if you need a play to have something really groundbreaking to say

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Beautiful performances by the two leads, Max posner—another writer to keep your eye on

See it if you want to see two wonderful actors—the always reliable Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about family relationships or plays dealing with Alzheimer's.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Confusing, Great storytelling

See it if you like Deanna Dunnigan. You like family drama and stories about family conflict.

Don't see it if you don't like stories that have people losing their marbles, don't like stories about old people, don't like family conflict and drama.

68
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy plays about real life family issues.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and entertaining.

58
Depressing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if you feel like you want to watch children deal with an elderly, indulgent mother who gets dementia.

Don't see it if you have experienced or have concerns about a loved one who has dementia.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, 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

Also This play is never less than fascinating with two excellent actors in ... Read more Read less

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

76
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.

53
Overrated, Slow

See it if I really don't know who should see it, the show comes across as so mean to me. But Friedman & Dunagan are great as usual.

Don't see it if I don't get the raves; I found it slow at times and eternally slow at other times.

75
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

89
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a slice of life Drama that literally could happen in any family in our country today. It is heart-wrenching and very funny !

Don't see it if You can't deal with plots that encompass the ups and downs of aging. You are looking for a totally feel good evening of theatre.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you are interested in productions that make you question family & what that means in modern life; you enjoy hearing well-acted monologues

Don't see it if thinking about dark family dynamics makes you uncomfortable; you are not interested in a show without a character change or resolution

86
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like family dramas that aren't sugar coated.Friedman and Dunagan are at the top of their game, See it for that if nothing else.Worth it

Don't see it if you want a light piece of fluff.Play has a lot to say about taking care of aging parents, even those who weren't good parents.Well staged.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy complex stories that explore nuanced family relationships where the characters are not clearly good or bad.

Don't see it if you prefer entertaining, light theater.

78
Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if You want to see great acting and are drawn to narratives about families and aging parents

Don't see it if You need to have at least one likeable character to care about. You won't find any here...........

86
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

See it if you like plays that push boundaries, make you think, and explore the concepts of family and death. Beautiful and tragic, really well done

Don't see it if You want a happy play

26
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like Peter Friedman. If you like a rambling story about dementia, this is for you.

Don't see it if You want sets or if you want interesting characters or if you want good drama. This show lacks all of what makes a good play.

89
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Resonant

See it if You are looking for a poetic, powerful, relatable new work by an incredible author and performed by a top notch cast.

Don't see it if New works aren’t your thing or you are looking for a “light” evening of Theatre.

69
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing, Slow

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.

Also Dementia is not a favorite topic of mine, especially when used as a ve... Read more Read less

55
Juvenile, Slow, Messy, Baffling, Bastion for victimhood

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

Also This play is pathological in its treatment of guilt over not fulfillin... Read more Read less

52
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you want to get bored

Don't see it if you don't like to see anything about dementia

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you're interested in modern realistic writing about a problematic family. light humour

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical or something with an overtly happy ending

81
Disturbing, Enlightening

See it if You're interested in the issues of aging, care-taking and family baggage with a fine cast.

Don't see it if If the realities of senescence get you down. If your kids don't love you. If you're looking for a break from reality.

Also This may be how our world ends, like the man said," not with a bang bu... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy a challenging drama which touches on relevant issues, want to see some wonderful acting in a touching play.

Don't see it if If you want a light comedy, are unwilling to commit to watching issues which may hit painfully close to home, need a traditional linear play

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want masterful writing, acting and directing. It flows like honey. It leaves you shaken and wanting more.

Don't see it if you need realistic staging and like your theater spoon-fed.