Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to The Public Theater with part two of his new three-play cycle about a year in the life of the Gabriels of Rhinebeck, New York. More…
'What Did You Expect?' brings us back to the Gabriels' kitchen, with the country now in the midst of the general election for president. Over the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and our country's), money, politics, family, art, and culture are chopped up and mixed together while a meal is made.
See it if You love Richard Nelson’s naturalistic, kitchen-table drama plays.
Don't see it if You’d be bored by listening to a regular family sit around a table having a boring conversation about literature and mortgages.
See it if you saw the first installment of the trilogy and are committed to seeing the rest.
Don't see it if you're craving absorbing drama -- this family is super low-key even when in conflict.
See it if you want to support The Public Theater.
Don't see it if you want an absorbing story. The election was supposed to be a major part of the play, but it was hardly mentioned.
See it if You like great acting. Good moments throughout delivered by a strong cast.
Don't see it if You think theater should move, jolt, surprise, be about something. When some is reading out loud at the top, you know you're doomed.
See it if More of a statement than a play concerning a family caught up in the political/ economic fall out in U.S. Rather inert but well acted.
Don't see it if The current economic/political atmosphere in the U.S. doesn't interest you.
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