The True
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The True NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(132 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
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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.

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
78
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. Read more

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
78
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.

945 Reviews | 387 Followers
91
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!!

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
73
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.

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
90
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. Read more

677 Reviews | 152 Followers
86
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

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
79
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

Critic Reviews (38)

The New York Times
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 riveting...But in Polly’s more domestic scenes, with Peter and Corning, the play sometimes bogs down...The lack of drama — or rather the subduction of it — may be what’s most interesting here."
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Time Out New York
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 scandal is its flip-flopping tone, which careers from quippy comedy to political thriller to sentimental nomance. But though 'The True' sometimes seems falser than fiction, Falco is consistently thrilling."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 feel meaty and real. I won’t call it prescient; more accurately, it’s more well-observed."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 constant use of obscenity for cheap comic relief gets old fast...Elliott's flat direction doesn't help...Falco is an acting force of nature...and she's ably supported by the fine ensemble.”
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Variety
September 20th, 2018

"In his laser-focused view, White shows us exactly how machine politics works without taking a moral position on the patronage system on which it’s based. His only false step is the character of Bill McCormick, a bland young man...Anyone who has ever been involved in a political campaign should find this play enthralling. Everyone else in the room can marvel at the ferocity of Falco’s performance and the passion of her character."
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AM New York
September 20th, 2018

“The play relies upon long-winded scenes that often turn flat and tedious, stressing the same points repeatedly. Nevertheless, it provides an ambivalent, even sympathetic examination of an unapologetically crooked system of politics and the limited opportunities and severe risks for women who wanted to be involved...Falco brings plenty of comic flair, vigor and raw emotion to the role, which compensates for the play’s slow points.”
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NY1
September 20th, 2018

"A beautifully-acted drama about the real-life relationship between a longtime mayor of Albany and his closest aide...Falco's nuanced portrayal of this scrappy woman is quite stunning...The rest of the company is equally talented...Some may find 'The True' rather dense, delving perhaps too deeply in the political weeds. But the bravura company directed by Scott Elliott produced a terrific character study of New Yorkers we should know and remember."
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Theatermania
September 20th, 2018

“Elliott's elegant period production feels undeniably relevant while firmly rooting its aesthetic in 1977...Falco's Noonan is hard not to love. Ruthless, smart, and unfailingly funny, she's the kind of fabulous that makes you want to shout 'yaaasssss,' only to feel guilty about it later...Feels particularly timely following NY’s recent primary elections. The name Cuomo is uttered late in the script, giving New Yorkers the opportunity to ponder the role dynastic politics play in our state.”
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