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This Day Forward

From 139 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

About the show

The Vineyard Theatre presents the world premiere of Nicky Silver's new comedy about love and marriage and everything in between. This production reunites 'The Lyons' playwright with director Mark Brokaw. More…

Martin thinks he has just married the girl of his dreams, but when Irene makes a surprising confession in their honeymoon suite, all their well-made plans fall apart. Nearly 50 years later, Irene’s children wrestle with their past and a mother whose secrets are quickly fading along with her memory.

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Member Reviews (139)

MEMBERS SAY:

Disappointing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Clever
70
Avg Score

45
Pointless, Strained, Disappointing, Annoying, High production values

See it if you are a Vineyard member. It won't kill you, but it won't thrill you. Great sets. Nice costumes. Lousy script. No insights, few laughs. Ugh

Don't see it if you want theater that entertains and/or enlightens. This just fills two hours. Frustrating waste of cast. Highly artificial.

87
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you like smart (if somewhat quirky) storyline that is equal parts funny and a punch in the gut.

Don't see it if you don't care about parent/child dysfunctional relationships or looking at possibilities of how/why they turn out the way they do.

12
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you want to see what an awful show looks like.

Don't see it if the worst show all year.

40
Disappointing, Disheartening, Dismaying, Mediocre, Aimless

See it if you're a Nicky Silver completist. [But be prepared for disappointment. If you're a fan, like me, you might be better off skipping this one.]

Don't see it if you expect a sharp, funny play from Silver, who adds all his usual elements (overbearing mom, gay son, neurotic family) w/o any of the wit.

75
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if you cannot miss a Nicky Silver play or a Vineyard production/

Don't see it if expect it to be one of Silver's best. Something is missing compared to his past works. (Yes, It is a tough goal to reach)

68
Disappointing, Intense, Cliched, Good acting & staging

See it if Minor league Silver; has unpolished feel to it, Good acting by ensemble & Brokaw (Silver's go-to) directs with brittle gusto - nothing works

Don't see it if Silver fans (me!) will be very disappointed. Also the "monster mother" theme has grown a bit tiresome

65
Unoriginal, Disappointing, Uneven, Fine

See it if you enjoy derivative plays that theoretically have something to say about happiness but don't pack enough of a punch to actually say it.

Don't see it if you've ever seen any other play before. There isn't anything original about this one.

70
Though playwright silver is the second coming of neil simon, this one does not have the simon magic

See it if for inventive comic situation involving loveless marriage, solid comic acting particularly Holley Fain as dewy and slightly daft bride

Don't see it if first act farce, second act more a psychological exploration of dysfunctional family, simply don't work together

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Moving, Relevant

See it if You enjoy family dramas. You want a drama w/comedic elements. You want great acting.

Don't see it if You want 2 fully cohesive acts-the acts don't match in tone. Act 1 is an over the top sitcom, Act 2 is a real-life drama w/comedy.

71
Resonant, Cliched, Disappointing, Intense, Romantic

See it if You're a fan of Nicky Silver's work or enjoy "comedies" that are more dark and depressing than funny.

Don't see it if You think you're going to see a romantic farce of a comedy, as the marketing would lead you to believe. This is borderline upsetting.

5
One note, Humorless, Slow, Banal, A stinker by nicky silver

See it if you want to see a leading candidate for the title of "Worst Play of the Year."

Don't see it if you have admired Nicky Silver's work in the past. This one is a clinker.

Also The play does feature some great set and costume designs. There is a d... Read more Read less

74
Slow, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Predictable

See it if You like plays about relationships and written by Nicky Silver;all areas are covered - reluctant brides, mother conflicts, two time periods

Don't see it if You expect to laugh a lot and want the characters to be unpredictable;dialogue & situations seemed forced and boring

Also The actors in the play are great; the problem is the plot which is som... Read more Read less

69
Non-vintage nicky silver, Hard working acting company, Finely detailed production, Wanted more, Much of the time mirthless

See it if fan of Nicky Silver or the Vineyard Theatre, want a primer on how not to raise a family or have a successful marriage

Don't see it if not a fan of Nicky Silver or don't want to be reminded that someone has to take care of mom when she starts showing up at JFK in her pajamas

70
Disappointing, Great staging, Slow

See it if you have nothing better to do. It's predictable, much of the acting is dull. Set is excellent. Very predictable.

Don't see it if you are looking for characters you care about. Totally uninvolving. Acting is uneven.

59
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are a Nicky Silver fan (I am) and feel you must see everything he writes (you mustn't). June Gable very good.

Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed ( you probably will be). Repetitive 1st act. 2nd act somewhat better, but not up to Silver's best work.

59
Banal, Cliched

See it if Certainly not one of Mr. Silver's better plays. Confusing and dull storylines.

Don't see it if If you expect a lively comedic play

84
Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want to laugh. You want to see great staging. You want to be entertained. You don't mind a slow moving story with attention to details.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh. You are too serious. You need super fast paced theater. You don't want to see a love story. You like simple staging

82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a show that presents serious issues in a light and humorous way. There is still something to think about but without getting sad.

Don't see it if you don't want your standard beliefs about love and marriage to be tampered with.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if if you like plays about the perniciousness of marriage, family and relationships.

Don't see it if you've seen many plays with the same theme.

71
Disappointing, Romantic, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy sharply written humor even if it doesn't pay off as well as you might hope

Don't see it if You don't care for Silver ' s plays

78
You get the feeling you've seen it all before, Well acted, I'm glad my family isn't quite so miserable

See it if you enjoy dramas about dysfunctional families, with some humor.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas about dysfunctional families.

Also This strikes me as a mashup of The Lyons (by the same playwright) and ... Read more Read less

78
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You want a well acted, light albeit funny production of a woman torn between the desires of her heart and the expectation of others.

Don't see it if Loveless marriage and its negative effects on the entire family. You are uncomfortable watching one facing the onset of dementia.

82
Clever, Great staging, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to form your own opinion. Not familiar with this playwright's work, I found it so sharply written so I felt deep cuts in my psyche.

Don't see it if Marital and family squabbles are not your thing. Also, if a critic you often agree with found it lacking.

55
Well staged, Well acted, Unsatisfying, Unresolved, Disappointing

See it if You're a Nicky Silver fan, or want to see a very smooth & pro cast give life to a well-staged ultimately flat & unresolved script.

Don't see it if You want a second act that really flows & resolves the first. Well packaged, good looking show with a very polished ensemble, but for what?

80
Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Quirky, Silver

See it if you love Silver's unique point of view and dialogue.

Don't see it if Quirk doesn't appeal to you or Silver's worlds aren't for you.


November 21st, 2016
"Fans of Mr. Silver’s angry wit and whimsy may feel he is missing in action in this portrait of a misbegotten marriage...The production has been directed with as much smoothness as the script allows by his frequent and fruitful collaborator, Mark Brokaw...'This Day Forward' feels unfulfilled, lik...
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November 21st, 2016
"There will be a horrid, selfish mother; her children will grow into unhappy adults; their dad is dead or dying. Those criteria are dutifully met in the acid-penned playwright’s new black comedy...Such a bad beginning will never lead to a happy family, an obvious conclusion that Silver doesn’t do...
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November 21st, 2016
"This dry hump of a comedy, with affectations of tragedy stapled in, got me to laugh, or rather snort, only once...Its people are just ordinarily crazy, not fantastically so. And ordinarily crazy people are no fun. Nor can they be very tragic, if you hate them — as I defy you not to do. Despite t...
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November 21st, 2016
"The play does start off surprisingly, with a first act that resembles the sort of strained farcical comedies that populated Broadway in the 1950s...But little about the proceedings feels fresh, and...the brittle dialogue and thin characterizations aren't very funny or interesting. Everything in ...
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