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What Did You Expect?: Election Year in the Life of One Family, Play Two

From 26 critic and 81 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

About the show

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.



85
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting

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

Also If you saw part 1 this is more of the same. If you haven't, you can st... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great naturalistic characters, slice of life theatre and emotionally and socially relevent pieces.

Don't see it if you need large-scale drama or forced conflicts to enjoy a piece. These plays are authentic characters talking about life.

81
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if For great ensemble acting exploring great life themes of loss, change, history and role of artist in family and community

Don't see it if You need lots of action and don't want to listen to the language of great writing

75
During previews
Resonant, Convoluted, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if You like naturalistic family stories without a lot of action or drama.

Don't see it if You didn't like the playwright's "Apple Family" plays-set in the same town with some of the same actors. Easy to confuse characters/plots.

75
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd like a fresh take on kitchen-sink realism and family drama, a clever dramatization of contemporary issues, or love great acting.

Don't see it if you're a staunch republican (this will offend you), are sick of all-white casts in stereotypical white settings, or have hearing trouble.

57
During previews
Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You like boring plays

Don't see it if You want your money woth it


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