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The True

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

Edie Falco ('Nurse Jackie') stars as Dorothea “Polly” Noonan, the blunt, profane, decades-long defender of Albany’s Democratic Party machine in Sharr White’s fiery return to The New Group. More…

When it comes to Polly, politics is only personal, especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning II (Michael McKean), is battling for party control while at the same time fighting the fiercest primary challenge of his life. "The True" is an intimate portrait of the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 patronage politics.

Member Reviews (132)


Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
Avg Score

Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Falco is incredible. What a performance. Great, relevant story.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the plot at points skips abruptly​ to subplots both unnecessary, confusing and jarring.

Also ***SPOILERS!!!!***... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy stories with strong female characters. Falco is excellent & is given great material to flex her acting chops.

Don't see it if You dislike shows set with a political backdrop. However there is a lot more to this story.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You remember your dad working with the Democratic Party and some of the behind the scenes shenanigans that went on...or if you’d like to.

Don't see it if You have no interest in politics or in seeing some of the best acting in NY right now. Edie Falco kills it!!

Overrated, Slow, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Good acting and direction. If you want a play about Albany politics.

Don't see it if If you do not like wordy plays. If you want a consistent play. Domestic seens are not very moving nor well acted.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if Friendships and marriages are stressed by political changes. E. Falco is terrific as a mover & shaker whose lifestyle is threatened.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in middle aged people coping with change, insight into the political machine, and an aggressive foul-mouthed lady.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see Falco & company shine in a taut, realistic, fascinating look at the machinations of Albany Democratic politics in the 70s.

Don't see it if you have no interest in political drama [Tho this is more about relationships]; you're ok missing some of the season's best acting anywhere.

Also The New Group is back! After what may have been their most disappointi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if A galvanic Falco roars thru this politico drama keeping us riveted even as the election/plotline slows Scolari shines best in fine ensemble

Don't see it if Romantic subplot teeters on brink of soap opera but White's drama does a fine job of questioning validity of old school machine politics

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Partner's 90% and my 80%. Edie Falco superb. Obie on the way. Poltiics Politics, Politics. Albany is worse than N.Y.

Don't see it if Politics have destroyed too many relationships, but if you need a fix, then go. Reminder: front row at the Friedman is not a wise choice

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a fan of Falco, interested in politics (esp. Albany), the limited roles for women in politics mid-40's-60's, true stories

Don't see it if not a fan of political plays, even if true, frustrated by the rules women had to play by if they wanted political influence in the past

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Falco and New Group bring heft to small dem. politcs in '70s NY. Refreshingly, not about adhering to chest-thumping allegiances of today.

Don't see it if Polly Noonan (Falco) asserts herself in the boys' club by sprinkling the salt talk. The relationships (the crux of the play) weaken the flow

Also One hour forty-five with no break.

Give edie falco a meaty role like this - where she is an operatically profane political advisor to the mayor of albany at a time when women were seen but not heard - and the results are oh my!

See it if to see Falco's fierce/hilarious/poignant performance, as force in bygone world of Tammany politics; shows steep price pd by women

Don't see it if other characters pale beside Falco's profane, wisecracking cyclone; play needed but did not provide a dramatic foil for Falco; gaps in plot

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy political dramas, are into local politics, or just enjoy a well-written piece with a phenomenal lead performance.

Don't see it if political shows turn you off.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Eddie falco!

See it if you like stories about politics, home, marriage & friendship. See it for the acting - entire cast is wonderful & Falco is a super star.

Don't see it if you dislike political stories; you have a difficult time with how women's roles have evolved, yet not enough.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you want to see Edie Falco give a tour de force performance in a not-very-good play.

Don't see it if the constant use of a four-letter word bothers you.

Also I wish Edie Falco were given a better script to work with. All the act... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Intense, Talky, Dated

See it if Edie Falco is onstage the entire length of the play, if you love watching her yell almost constantly this is the play for you !

Don't see it if You prefer a play with more nuance and less punch you in the face style acting.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy Edie Falco in strong roles. She is on stage 100% of the time and she is a force. Well staged, great actors, interesting.

Don't see it if You don't like theater where the main character isn't necessarily likable. It felt long at points and her character has few redeeming points

Smooth and clever scene changes, Great fast-paced acting, Intelligent, relevant script

See it if Edie Falco plays an organization woman who strong-arms people to build party loyalty. Traction builds from beginning to end.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in plays about behind-the-scenes political activity.

Absorbing, Great acting, Interesting political drama, Thought-provoking

See it if you like terrific actors.Love watching older actors at the top of their game making mincemeat of the young 'uns.Story is good political one

Don't see it if you are looking for in depth political analysis.This shows back room deals and machinations.Acting is excellent. Terrific set.

Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you love Edie and you're prepared to face how little things have actually changed.

Don't see it if you dislike character driven political dramas

Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Masterful, Banal

See it if It’s always a treat to see masters like Falco and McKean at the top of their form.

Don't see it if The play was kind of a bore. A story about Albany small-town politics set in 1977? Why?

Great acting, Overrated, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love a tour de force as Ms. Falco, she shines

Don't see it if political stories set in the not too distant past are not your cup of tea

Relevant, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are interested in politics, ethics and the relationships born within.

Don't see it if if you do not enjoy tragic relationships or a "behind the scenes" look at local politics.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like good acting. Edie Falco is great.

Don't see it if long discussions about politics bore you.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant

See it if strong woman in a male-dominated political party machine; realistic 1977 politics on a local level; wonderful Edie Falco & Michael McKean

Don't see it if don't want anything about politics, don't want a foul-mouthed character (although the language is a necessary part of Ms. Noonan character)

Also The political scenes are far stronger than ones that have more persona... Read more Read less

Satisfying dramedy, Great acting, Absorbing topic, Slow in places

See it if A true tale of small city politics set in 1977 depicting stories politicians tell themselves, smart, acerbic & oddly optimistic

Don't see it if Reams of fast dialogue, plenty of rough language & some draggy parts but with such wonderful acting it works.

September 20th, 2018
"Put some snappy dialogue, a bit of skulduggery and a stellar cast led by Edie Falco in one end and get a damn good time out the other...Whenever Ms. Falco is bringing these themes to the fore, especially in her scenes with rival politicians played by Mr. Fitzgerald and John Pankow, 'The True' is...
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September 20th, 2018
"It's not really about politics; it's about the people behind them, specifically Noonan: a fierce and profane defender of the party and politico she adores...Because the play is set when Corning's career was on the wane, it's hard to understand what Noonan sees in him...But the play's biggest sca...
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September 20th, 2018
"'The True' is essentially a gift to its lead actor, a series of tough, satisfying arias, spiked with profanity and humor and just enough vulnerability, fashioned to let a performer like Falco shine...White’s dialogue is audibly fun to speak, and often peppered with political observations that fe...
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September 20th, 2018
“The provocative real-life political subject matter would seem rich in dramatic potential, but the playwright fumbles the ball with endless scenes featuring rambling, mundane dialogue. There's little narrative momentum, and the...relationship between Corning and Noonan feels banal at best...The c...
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