Once again, we're back in the kitchen of the Gabriel family as they await the results of the presidential election on November 8, 2016. 'Women of a Certain Age' takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after we first met the clan. Patricia, the family matriarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town, and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are forever changing.
See it if you enjoy kitchensink dramas; the trilogy is a great example. I preferred the 3 plays to Chekhov; the issues are relevant, the humanity deep
Don't see it if you want a happy ending. Life can be brutal. I didn't like the misguided seance talk, but otherwise all 3 boast outstanding writing.
See it if you are a completionist and must see all 3 parts of this trilogy. Well acted. You relate to severely passionless family interactions.
Don't see it if it feels myopic & aimless. Characters go through the same life transition at the same time in the same way. Not microcosm but a microscope.
See it if You would enjoy being a fly on the wall of typical family conversations, that aren't necessarily all that interesting.
Don't see it if You dislike slow shows or need strong story, action, or conflict. It moves along at a snails pace & not a lot happens.
See it if you like plays that have a quiet beauty. This play says so much without ever saying anything directly. It's an incredible peak at ourselves.
Don't see it if you can't appreciate nuance or if you don't like sentiment. This is a beautiful portrait of a slice of real life.
See it if you want to see the finest, most realistic acting in town; you've seen parts 1 & 2 and want to see the family through to their latest act.
Don't see it if you expect any new revelations or timely lessons about the effects of the 2016 campaign; you haven't seen the 2 previous plays in the cycle.
See it if you've seen the other two plays in the Gabriel Family cycle, enjoy understated but terrific acting, like literate takes on current issues
Don't see it if a family's quiet but interesting conversations would bore you, you don't like slice of life realism, don't want to reflect on modern issues
See it if /4 fine ensemble who through small gestures/revelations show how middle class family has been worn down by age, burden of being "happy"
Don't see it if /since this play in focusing on what "Hillary-ness" means to mature women, misses the looming Trumpian cloud
See it if You enjoy thoughtful, intelligent works. This is an amazingly realist drama. You can literally smell the food cooking throughout the play!
Don't see it if You don't like intimate dramas (with humor). Best if seen after the two previous plays in the trilogy although this could stand alone.
See it if You enjoy well-acted, kitchen-table, family dramadies that convey a lot while saying very little at the same time.
Don't see it if You dislike naturalistic family plays with no substantial plot or drama — just somewhat uninteresting conversation.
See it if you enjoy great ensemble acting; family dynamics, though not of the dysfunctional kind; you like intimate settings
Don't see it if you crave lots of physical action on stage; you enjoy occasional fits of loud talking, yelling and debating - this show is spoken quietly.
See it if You are a fan of the Gabriel family series and need closure; to watch masterful actors follow everyday life during uncertain times.
Don't see it if You need fast action, costumes, sound effects; Have no idea who the Gabriel family is and dislike too much quiet conversation in a play.
See it if you want to how the ordinary problems of one family are a microcosm of the state of the nation. Also if you enjoy superb ensemble acting.
Don't see it if you like a linear plot and lots of action or if you have not seen at least the second play of this trilogy,
Also A fitting conclusion to an engrossing trilogy.
See it if you're interested in seeing superb and realistic acting—after 3 plays it feels like you really know these people; a lens into America 2016
Don't see it if you want to avoid all politics after the election as well as other social issues in America regarding finances, aging, and a changing world
See it if you want an intimate look at a family with timely economic, social, political issues told in a slow pace with quiet, realistic dialogue
Don't see it if you want an action play or a cheery one; you want no mention of politics (but with its great characters this is mostly about a family coping
See it if Yes, a functional family faces disappointments and loneliness, too. So touchingly laid open for us and so insightful about women's lives...
Don't see it if ...as well as family relationships, it's breathtaking. We need this family who accept one another's foibles and pain with love and grace.
See it if you saw the first two plays or are interested in seeing something written up until the last minute of Election Night 2016.
Don't see it if you're uninterested in political plays. See this if you're trying to comprehend the election.
See it if If you like plays that invite you into a close intimate night of theater. You know these people...and you feel for them and with them.
Don't see it if If you want to see a that's more traditional.
See it if You want great, naturalistic performances evoking the feelings and actions of real people struggling to make sense of their world in 2016.
Don't see it if You expect something flashy or "dramatic." In this quiet and moving play, the drama comes from the power of the characters and their words.
See it if You liked the first two in this series. You appreciate amazing ensemble acting. You are drawn to contemporary family stories.
Don't see it if You need action and flash. Current events and complex family dynamics bore you.
See it if you saw the other two. You like family plays, talky plays, or very contemporary plays.
Don't see it if You think the idea of watching a family in Rhinebeck talk about their emotions is the worst thing ever. You're still raw from Election Night
See it if You saw the first two of the trilogy. This one resolves and give significantly more rewarding moments. You have to like the cast.
Don't see it if You like things to happen. These shows are exceedingly quotidian, which is not a bad thing, but more resulting insight would help.
See it if You like great writing with smartly drawn characters and prefer intelligent theater addressing timely yet universal themes.
Don't see it if The only reason not to see this show is if you cannot afford or obtain a ticket.