The True
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The True NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(132 Ratings)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (132)

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53 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like history stories about political figures; marriage issues, powerful women in recent history

Don't see it if You get bored listening to a history piece about politics in a small city in upstate NY

179 Reviews | 29 Followers
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if This play astutely demonstrates the truth about elections, and how, once elected the officials can subvert the majority vote in local

Don't see it if if you do not like plays about elections Read more

145 Reviews | 19 Followers
100
Never a false note.

See it if a dip into the cesspool of American politics--1970s style--might just be your thing.

Don't see it if you think four-letter words belong in the locker room, or in the movies--but not onstage. Read more

AEO
113 Reviews | 17 Followers
98
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Great writing

See it if A complex situation about Albany politics seems like a no win evening. You will be definitely surprised & in for a thrilling theatrical eve.

Don't see it if You’re tired and prefer dinner and a nap

139 Reviews | 26 Followers
95
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Relevant

See it if You are intrigued by thought provoking political dramas. Edie Falco is a power house with A-plus support cast. While set in the past, the

Don't see it if You have no interest in politically themed dramas and are turned off to profanity and continued cigarette smoking on stage. Read more

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
95
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Edie Falco head a dynamite cast in a dynamite role; if you enjoy political dramas presented with humor

Don't see it if you are offended by four letter words; if a play based on real politics isn't interesting to you

54 Reviews | 15 Followers
94
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a fast moving drama with excellent recognizable actors set in the 70's changing political milieu.

Don't see it if if you do not like fast talking dramas with not a lot of plot and that deal with characters in a political crisis.

140 Reviews | 76 Followers
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an amazing performance by Edie Falco. You are interested in a fresh perspective on how our political system works.

Don't see it if You don’t like a theater so small you get to be close to the actors.

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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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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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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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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