This Day Forward
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This Day Forward
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This Day Forward NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(139 Ratings)
Positive
66%
Mixed
27%
Negative
7%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (139)

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you like the intracacies of relationships.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters.

266 Reviews | 27 Followers
90
Entertaining, Quirky, Funny

See it if You enjoy plays that have many twists. If it's okay that you don't know where the play is going after the first act.

Don't see it if You find the premise too silly. If you need to understand the characters' motivations.

84 Reviews | 47 Followers
90
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Nicky Silvers work, love intense dramas with wicked humor sprinkled in and enjoy thought provoking pieces about love vS security

Don't see it if Only like comedies, don't want to challenge yourself to see heavy hitting shows. Only like shows with happy endings Read more

200 Reviews | 39 Followers
89
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Well procuced

See it if You like to laugh and still have something to think about after.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of N. Simon type jokes. Are a lazy audience member. Read more

1204 Reviews | 486 Followers
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.

120 Reviews | 40 Followers
85
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Touchy

See it if You like Nicky Silver great writing & biting humor.great acting with special notice to Michael Crane. I loved the sets.

Don't see it if you trust media reviewers.

63 Reviews | 26 Followers
84
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You enjoy an intimate setting and a thought provoking look into the life of newlyweds and what becomes of them years later.

Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or large scale production.

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
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

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
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, like a skeleton in search of animating flesh...The cast members are all perfectly fine. But an implicit and wistful question hangs over them: Is that all there is?"
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Time Out New York
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 much to deepen or challenge after intermission. Mom never loved Dad, and 46 years later, everyone’s sad. That’s the short version of 'Forward,' which ranks at the bottom half of Silver’s output."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 the laborious efforts of the cast, working under the direction of Silver’s longtime collaborator Mark Brokaw, they are unable to enlist the audience in any kind of sympathy."
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New York Daily News
November 21st, 2016

"Playwright Nicky Silver can milk a story of a monster mother like nobody’s business. He and director Mark Brokaw did exactly that to near-perfection a couple years back in 'The Lyons.' They’re not at the top of their game in this latest far more uneven and less successful effort that’s bipolar in tone...Not much here that moves the conversation or the comedy forward."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 the sluggishly paced play feels attenuated and drawn with overly broad strokes...The performers try mightily but are largely unable to overcome the schematic nature of their characters."
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Theatermania
November 21st, 2016

"'This Day Forward' has many of the great hallmarks of Silver's canon...Yet the play never stops feeling like a second-to-last draft, one with a few great surprising scenes and a handful of predictable ones that are still a bit rough around the edges...Director Mark Brokaw does what he can to guide the company into performances that are more cohesive than the text, but no one pushes the comedy or the drama far enough to stand out."
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BroadwayWorld
November 23rd, 2016

"The team of playwright Nicky Silver and director Mark Brokaw display an impressive talent for packaging complex family drama as hip, off-beat comedy before getting to the guts of the long-term effects of dysfunctionality...‘While This Day Forward’ can certainly use a bit of punching up dramatically, and at its present state seems to require a bit of padding to fill out its two acts, the solid work of Brokow's ensemble keeps interest from sagging."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 22nd, 2016

"The problem with this kind of comedy is the falseness of the premise…As the starting point for a family saga spanning five decades, it's dead in the water…That Brokaw's direction never finds its comic footing may not be his fault, given the insubstantial material he has to work with. Still, the cast does its best…There's little comedy, because the characters don't behave like recognizable human beings. And there's not much tragedy, because there isn't anything for them to lose."
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