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The Violin

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Clever

About the show

The Directors Company presents the world premiere of this drama about three guys who find a valuable instrument in the back seat of a NYC cab.


When Bobby, Terry, and Gio—two hapless brothers and an elderly broke tailor—find a 1710 Stradivarius violin worth $4 million in the back of a New York City taxi, it looks like an opportunity to change their fortunes. However, this shot at their dreams means some quick decisions testing loyalty and family ties with irrevocable consequences. Starring Broadway veteran Robert LuPone ('A Chorus Line,' 'The Sopranos.')

Member Reviews (44)


Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Clever
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great sets, Great staging, Sweet

See it if you like slice of life stories from days gone by; you're interested in how choices influence lives for better or worse; brotherly love.

Don't see it if you're looking for fast action and fancy wordplay. This is a story about the intertwining of three lives over many years.

Bad writing. good acting.

See it if you must.

Don't see it if you want it to be good and absorbing.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like great sets.This is so cliched and hackneyed that it is painful.The acting is uneven, the writing predictable,the plot dull.

Don't see it if you want a show that moves quickly, has something to say, expands your world.It's full of plotholes.A lot of people enjoyed it. I did NOT

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Must see

See it if If you like to see a well directed, beautifully written and acted Off-Broadway Show.

Don't see it if If you are into big Broadway productions. Other than that see it!

Suspenseful, gripping, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well written show with realistic characters whose personal failures/dreams affect them when finding a $4 million violin.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of plays about less than honorable characters with violent pasts who do less than the expected choices.

Quirky, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to see connections among the three actors played out; you like very good acting

Don't see it if you find ne'er do well characters difficult to appreciate

Great acting, Slow, Cliched

See it if you like plays about interesting characters - it has a great set and great acting

Don't see it if you dislike slow plays - the first act was incredible slow but the second act got much better.

Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see some astonishing acting from stage veterans in a high production value show.

Don't see it if You want to see a perfect script - it's interesting but occasionally a bit clumsily written and meandering.

Great acting, Funny, Indulgent

See it if you want to see a show that is layered, complex, and hits on a variety of topics, from family to integrity to gentrification to love.

Don't see it if you would struggle with lots of yelling and fighting onstage (mostly verbal, though occasionally a little more physical).

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy engaging interesting work.

Don't see it if you dislike the violin.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good acting and interesting script

Don't see it if predictable plots and family situations are not interesting to you.

Dated, Entertaining, Cliched, Slow, Great staging

See it if you like something light, simple and straightforward

Don't see it if you prefer more depth and less predictability

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like good acting in a comic/tragic realistic setting. Outstandingly acted by all three.

Don't see it if you can not stomach four letter words.

Great acting, Must see, Intense, Ihighlights disability compassionately!, Good original script!

See it if U want an unusual original play that has something to say about life choices with the finest acting & compassion for the mentally disabled.

Don't see it if U want a quick play that offers a simple story without finesse simply to cater to short attention spans. U can't appreciate dialogue.

Also A creative linear story with wonderful layers of plots & twists that m... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you would enjoy a show about 3 men who find a valuable violin in the backseat of a NYC taxi. What to do? Very interesting and worth seeing.

Don't see it if you want something traditional, this is not your show. Story is very contemporary and might not appeal to everyone.Good writing. Slow moving

Entertaining, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Enjoyable New York story. Good writing & acting.

Don't see it if You are bored with New York stories being made into plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a good drama and excellent acting.

Don't see it if Some folks who were in the audience with me did not like it, but I really couldn't get a handle on why.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if meticulous character development. sensitive depiction of relationships

Don't see it if if you don't care about interaction of personalities

Absorbing, Ambitious, Rain man and his brother, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Gorgeous portrayal of a "special" man and his brother. Robert Lupone is the other character who integrates everyone in this scheme.

Don't see it if you don't like 3 actors in an intimate setting

Also The set was this old fashioned tailor shop that was 100 years old. It ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if A funny and touching show about love between siblings and a family friends secret.

Don't see it if You do not care for shows about the love between brothers and about oening up to your mistakes.

Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy a mixed bag of plots and surprises combined with professional acting and set.

Don't see it if You want a theatre experience with no ethical impact and lots of music.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if New York City stories are your thing. Well written, directed and acted, this gem moves along at a nice pace with no words being wasted

Don't see it if You don't appreciate family, loyalty and stories involving ethical dilemmas

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Melodramatic plays are your thing. Good acting, too.

Don't see it if You like a quieter evening.

Great acting

See it if you like to see a play where all 3 actors did excellent job especially robert lupone.

Don't see it if no down side...clever ending with a twist.

Banal, Dated, Great acting, Intense, Old fashioned

See it if you like string male acting, family drama and traditional NY ethnic characters (Italian/Irish), and don't mind the F word

Don't see it if you're looking for contemporary writing or plotting

September 20th, 2017
“Clumsily crafted, finely acted and, yes, high-strung drama…The crime-caper setup has some of the savor of early Mamet...But McCormick’s plotting, with its florid back stories and unsurprising revelations, is ploddingly predictable. And the dialogue is less than snappy…If such lines lack finesse,...
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September 19th, 2017
“This tortured crime caper strains credulity...McCormick aims for Scorsese, but ends up hitting Dr. Phil…We can understand the appeal for actors looking for a challenge, but not even performers as watchable as LuPone, Bradbury, and Isola can save this show…A lost opportunity, an overwrought melod...
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September 20th, 2017
"An intriguing play...The show features the finest staging and superior acting…The story is a thought-provoking portrayal of the choices that people make and how these choices touch their lives. ‘The Violin’ has a cast of accomplished actors that completely master their roles. The characters are ...
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October 4th, 2017
"It's never dull, yet never really convincing...Still, 'The Violin' goes down much more easily that you might imagine, thanks to Joseph Discher's taut direction and three tightly coiled performances...There's nothing really wrong with 'The Violin,' aside from a certain predictability and a sense ...
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