The Wanderers
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The Wanderers
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The Wanderers NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(194 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
9%
Negative
5%
Members say
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (194)

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231 Reviews | 36 Followers
93
Thoughtful, Absorbing

See it if you like a thought-provoking production about marriage and a look into how religious beliefs can affect it.

Don't see it if watching a show about Jewish marriages isn't your thing. Don't see it if you believe the critics. Read more

134 Reviews | 15 Followers
92
Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in having a better understanding of the jewish religion, customs and race

Don't see it if You aren't interested in religion and race

100 Reviews | 16 Followers
91
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy straight plays about love, faith, And the city of New York

Don't see it if You’re looking for a musical or don’t enjoy intelligent straight plays that are though provoking.

123 Reviews | 19 Followers
90
Engaging, Detailed, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want an interesting storyline

Don't see it if if you only like musicals

60 Reviews | 5 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Katie Holmes, twist endings, stories about marriage troubles,

Don't see it if Nothing really

50 Reviews | 16 Followers
90
Provocative, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like deep and thought-provoking drama about marriage, relationship and family. The open-ended nature of the ending leaves it up to you.

Don't see it if you are not interested in family relationship plays.

164 Reviews | 46 Followers
90
Thoughtful, Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like an intergenerational family drama with a twist and an outstanding cast.

Don't see it if if you prefer musicals or lite fare.

71 Reviews | 24 Followers
90
Slow, Relevant, Surprising, Personal

See it if you're interested in a show about relationships, marriage, family - esp through the lens of the Hasidic or Hasidic tangent community

Don't see it if you think plays are too "wordy." Or if you have a hacking cough. Read more

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 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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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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Theatermania
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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