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 enjoy shows like The Human. This is a conversational play. You're watching a family go through life. You're observing.
Don't see it if You prefer a play with higher stakes. This is a very mellow play with 'real' people. Not Huge animated characters.
See it if to spend more time with Gabriels & to appreciate R Nelson’s genius in making us believe that we've been dropped into real family gathering
Don't see it if you'd hate to feel that a decent thoughtful family has lost their mojo. Much dialogue seems tangential. Enticing themes introduced&dropped.
See it if love great natural acting, are a fan of these plays by Richard Nelson where everyday people struggle to make their way in difficult times.
Don't see it if you need more plot than this play delivers, or if you can't identify, for example, w/ the financial crises of hard working people.
See it if you want to experience theater up close and personal. It is a glimpse of our lives that we can brilliantly watch objectively.
Don't see it if You like your shows big and loud. It is an intimate piece that makes you wanna do life all over again and hopefully get it right this time.
See it if you like (literal) kitchen sink realism; this is very quiet & low key, with no major action or twists. Real world problems overheard.
Don't see it if you would like more than to be a voyeur to a middle-class family, however well-acted, written, and timely.
See it if you're a Richard Nelson fan or if you're curious to see superlative ensemble acting. A really wonderful experience. It's quiet & deep.
Don't see it if you're bored by the thought of watching people sitting around preparing food & talking or you need big, explosive drama to satisfy you.
See it if you enjoy wordy plays, traditional but intellectually exciting, with wonderful ensemble acting. Get an ALD to help with hearing soft speech
Don't see it if you don't like talkative, soft spoken plays with little action and no denouement. If you haven't seen Part I (Hungry) this wont mean much to
See it if You enjoy realistic plays, a fantastic set, and a great cast.
Don't see it if You want a completely engaging and exciting story with twists and turns.
See it if You love beautifully written and acted pieces of theater. Beautiful ensemble work about real life.
Don't see it if You have a tiny bladder. 1:45, no intermission.
See it if you are fans of family drama and contemporary life, excellent ensembles, realistic adult situations portrayed exquisitely
Don't see it if you need churning plotting and show-off acting, have trouble hearing unmiked dialogue
See it if you enjoy topical plays about family dynamics. This play is just one ordinary day in the life of a lower middle class family.
Don't see it if you need a lot of action
See it if See it if you want something original and current. How does a family deal with the long term loss of a love one.
Don't see it if You want to see something light and funny.
See it if you enjoy fly-on-the wall explorations of relationships, with fantastic acting.
Don't see it if you are annoyed by plotless shows. This one is more about the people - no story, per se.
See it if You're interested in an interpretation of middle class life as it's lived today
Don't see it if You're easily depressed by the issues facing middle class people in their 50's
See it if You want to be a fly on the wall if a play with innovative themes and a naturalistic style with a heart of gold.
Don't see it if You want a big flashy play with multi media and sexy transitions.
See it if you want to see an exceptional cast portraying very real characters, you're interested in social issues and their consequences
Don't see it if you're expecting it to be 100% politics. The political talk is weaved in and out, but the play is more about an everyday family's dynamics