The Wanderers
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The Wanderers

The Wanderers NYC Reviews and Tickets

(169 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Clever, Intelligent

New York premiere of a play about two very different couples struggling with the same question.

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Member Reviews (169)

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928 Reviews | 933 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Uneven, Absorbing

See it if It's a good absorbing story with twists. Entertaining and absorbing with great acting.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to watch another pusillanimous white male character trying to justify egregious behavior and self pity.

903 Reviews | 1029 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy relationship dramas and multiple stories intertwined.

Don't see it if There were some slow moments, could maybe be 10min shorter but overall I enjoyed it.

664 Reviews | 293 Followers
Makes u think but play has a number of problems, Story marriage philiproth-ish writer in crisis, And writer's parents fractured marriage

See it if rumination on marriage, treats relationships as product of imagination; pointed dialog w mordant humor; good ensemble

Don't see it if Jewish guilt trip; doesn't show resonant parallels btw breakups of parents'/writer's marriages; jaw dropping twist @ end needs set up Read more

556 Reviews | 139 Followers
Intimate, Intelligent, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Good acting and interesting premise. I enjoyed the story and plot twist but not so much the fantasy with the Katie Holmes character.

Don't see it if At times confusing and at other times clear as daylight. I found the play a little slow and wished the details had formulated sooner

501 Reviews | 329 Followers
Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent, Intense, Ambitious

See it if The performances were all excellent. The story was very confusing and disjointed. Yes I got it, but it didn’t feel cohesive even at the end

Don't see it if You want something light. I found this very stressful to watch. Read more

525 Reviews | 82 Followers
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a story about relationships.It is very interesting and well done.The set seems very familiar, but is good.Acting is very good.

Don't see it if you want a show with a real punch.It's a good show, but just misses being great. There is a blandness to it where there should be more.

507 Reviews | 73 Followers
Is emotional escape cheating?

See it if Katie Holmes has minimal lines/acting. Intergenerational trauma on loss of family/community ties, seeking of emotional freedom, and lust.

Don't see it if Lack of women's rights in Hasidic community and now, loneliness, mid-life crisis, betrayals in marriages aren't your thing. Read more

494 Reviews | 94 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Interesting, Great acting, Funny

See it if you’d enjoy a relationship drama about a couple irrevocably affected by the relationships of their parents

Don't see it if you don’t like good plays

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
February 16th, 2023

Still, “The Wanderers” feels, like its vague title, unmoored. That has not been a problem with Ziegler’s previous plays, which include “Photograph 51” (about the molecular biologist Rosalind Franklin) and “Actually” (about a campus sexual assault trial). ... “The Wanderers” doesn’t enhance those elements but compromises them. Arranged or chosen, not all marriages are bashert.
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 16th, 2023

“In a story so much about reading and writing, with a set covered in books, you get the feeling this may have all read a little clearer on the page.”
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The Wall Street Journal
February 16th, 2023

“ ‘The Wanderers’ moves, without for a moment wandering, through difficult swamps of experience...Which gloomy observation one might instinctively endorse, but not after seeing a play of this superior quality.”
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New York Theatre Guide
February 17th, 2023

“ ‘The Wanderers’ feels purposely manufactured for the audience who will come see it...The play does not feel like a vehicle of cultural representation, but one the creative team can market to a reliable theatregoing audience without much effort.”
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February 16th, 2023

“There is a slight sense of flatness that this revolving door of paired scenes creates within a play whose ideas are bursting with three-dimensionality. Though perhaps that is simply the requisite tradeoff for a big story told in an intimate way. “
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Lighting & Sound America
February 16th, 2023

“That this is a slick, literate, professional production is not in doubt and Ziegler has some interesting points to make about the consolations of art and its limitations; Abe, for example, turns his personal agony into great prose, but effort hardly makes him happier. Still, too much of the time, the people in The Wanderers are too subject to their creator's whims to be entirely believable.”
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Talkin' Broadway
February 16th, 2023

“ ‘The Wanderers’ has some trenchant observations about the price of independence in a restrictive environment, the gnarly twists and turns in a modern marriage, and the consequences of a vivid fantasy life concocted by an active imagination”
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New York Stage Review
February 16th, 2023

“Ziegler has written a beautifully shaded portrait of two generations of Brooklyn marriages, and truthfully, you should be drawn in.”
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