Wakey, Wakey
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Wakey, Wakey
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Wakey, Wakey NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(129 Ratings)
Positive
64%
Mixed
20%
Negative
16%
Members say
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing

About the Show

Signature Theatre presents a thought-provoking new play about some of life's biggest questions, written and directed by Obie winner Will Eno ('The Realistic Jones'). Starring Emmy winner Michael Emerson ('Lost').

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Show-Score Member Reviews (129)

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58 Reviews | 12 Followers
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you appreciate excellent acting and a thought provoking play.Michael Emerson is brilliant.

Don't see it if you don't want to contemplate the end of your life.

53 Reviews | 11 Followers
98
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if you care about wonderful writing (deep, poignant, moving, life-affirming, smart) & if you want to see wonderful actors beautifully directed

Don't see it if you don't like to think and feel

63 Reviews | 15 Followers
95
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like Will Eno's writing, enjoy pop-philosophy, or life-affirming silliness.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving plot, action/adventure, or have a strong dislike of free light snacks.

366 Reviews | 77 Followers
93
Contemplative, Intelligent, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Michael Emerson and have been yearning to see him on the stage since Gross Indecencies. You want to experience a moving piece.

Don't see it if You get impatient with plays that don't connect dots clearly. You have lost someone recently--this can be cathartic or bring you to tears.

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you want to encounter a masterful performance by Michael Emerson in Will Eno's elegantly-crafted, poignant rumination on a life's ending

Don't see it if you need clear narrative; if you get impatient with elliptical monologues; if you want the ending to match the beginning...

444 Reviews | 89 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Edgy

See it if You enjoy complex plays , out of the ordinary with excellent acting.

Don't see it if Do you not see if you only enjoy lite musicals or plays.

57 Reviews | 41 Followers
90
Intelligent, moving, funny, sad, wonderful writing & performance

See it if you can enjoy engaging w/ elusive monologue, Eno & Emerson will guide you through a sweet, quirky meditation on gratitude, life and its end

Don't see it if you prefer a play with plot and impermeable fourth wall

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448 Reviews | 89 Followers
89
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like Eno's work. Like thinking about life's essential questions. Enjoy pondering and excellent acting.

Don't see it if Need action. Are bored by a meditation on our humanness. Don't want to think. Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
February 27th, 2017

"Dying is a stand-up routine in 'Wakey, Wakey,' the glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play by Will Eno. Portrayed with a master’s blend of pretty much every emotion there is by Michael Emerson, the monologuist at the center of this short, resonant tragicomedy is the M.C. of his own demise...The astonishment of Mr. Emerson’s performance is how universal and particular it is, saying that, yes, we all die, but we all die as individuals."
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Time Out New York
February 28th, 2017

“A quietly beautiful piece…Eno knows that there are only so many ways of saying, ‘You will die; celebrate life,’ so he makes a spectacle of vamping and false starts, awkward yet deeply felt pauses, as the keen, funny, transfixing Emerson reads from index cards, gets his slides confused and bathes the audience in his gentle, beatific fussiness...You know how great actors have the ability to age decades right before your eyes? That happens here, and it's a pure astonishment.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 27th, 2017

"A rambling monologue of no apparent consequence...But then, halfway through, the tone flips...I felt my hostility toward the first half of 'Wakey, Wakey,' with all its dull cuteness, beginning to melt, and I wondered if this was part of the play’s design...Partly that’s because January LaVoy is so radiantly warm onstage...As Guy, Michael Emerson, though technically excellent, cannot get so far with his character, or not at any rate with Eno fussing over him as director."
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Deadline
February 28th, 2017

"'Wakey, Wakey' struck me as indebted equally to two Irishmen, Samuel Beckett and James Joyce...His subjects are death, existence and the meaning of life. This near monologue is delivered with exquisite, deliberate conviction by Michael Emerson in a voice at once quizzical and confessional, an irresistible combination. Big ones, these questions, though delivered with a kind of innocence Beckett mostly abjured but that Joyce could take delight in."
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New York Daily News
March 1st, 2017

“Death becomes Will Eno, writer and director of this odd but gently urgent play…Played by Michael Emerson with a magnetic open-hearted humor, we stay connected even when the going gets curious. And it does...Guy takes stock and shares a little advice. 'Take care of each other,' he says. Playing an aide, January LaVoy arrives late to do that. We should be so lucky as to have someone who radiates as much warmth as this actress does when time’s up."
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Variety
February 27th, 2017

"A work of humor, humanity and grace that makes you want to hug your lover, your neighbor and maybe an usher on the way out. It also offers a captivating, playful and deeply moving performance by Michael Emerson...Eno breaks the fourth wall but here he also suggests a wondrous fifth: a world beyond the memories of the past and the realities of the present and towards the inevitable adjustment nature demands. It’s a loving transition, theatrically told in a style that is Eno’s own."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 27th, 2017

"The hook that reels us into this abstruse, tricky, stream-of-consciousness contemplation of mortality is a beautiful performance from Michael Emerson...While the thematic richness of 'Wakey, Wakey' creeps up on you during its brief 75-minute run time, few will make the claim that this is a major addition to Eno's distinctive body of work...Nevertheless, Eno's unique voice — quizzical, perceptive, assertively compassionate — is one to be celebrated."
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Theatermania
February 27th, 2017

"His thoughts seem to wander every which way...but when you take a closer look, they're as focused as a laser beam...Even after Lisa enters the picture, Eno's dialogue remains stilted and aloof. It serves the play's purposes—and could not be given a more naturalistic performance than the one Emerson is delivering. But if you require peaks and valleys of drama to keep you engaged in a story, you may get sleepy within 'Wakey, Wakey's' microscopic modulations and extended silences."
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