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A Marriage Contract

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Great staging

About the show

Metropolitan Playhouse revives Augustin Daly's 1892 comic and poignant commentary on marriage, family, and the contrast between county and city life. More…

Entrenched Victorian values meet fin-du-siècle ideas of freedom, as young, modern, and dashing Rob Fleming wrangles with his older, settled, and fusty father-in-law, Jessekiah Pognip. Originally titled 'A Test Case or Grass Versus Granite,' this production marks the first time the play has being presented since its premiere.

Member Reviews (7)


Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Slow, Great staging
Avg Score

Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy seeing a play from 1892 about marriage and living in small town or big city.Like the Mint Theater, Met Playhouse revives old plays

Don't see it if you like modern plays or comedies with modern humor. This is an old fashioned play.

Also The Metropolitan Playhouse revives rarely done plays. They usually do ... Read more Read less


See it if Fun story, decent acting but...

Don't see it if Actors not great with comedy. Jokes fell flat. This should have been breezy instead it felt plodding. Metropolitan should stick to drama.

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See it if Excellent play works equally well set in NY or Berlin. Zany directing choices with committed actors. Terrific costumes and a good set.

Don't see it if Venue is very inconvenient hassle for most people. Reserved seats force others to sides for inferior views; unisex bathroom awkward to use.

Also Leading ladies Stefanic and Reddish are hardly women to fear losing an... Read more Read less

Dated, Great acting

See it if Would you like a very old fashioned comedy.

Don't see it if Would like something quick and edgy.

Also The cast delightful and game, but they can’t rise past the material. Y... Read more Read less

Funny, Slow

See it if If you like to see great costumes which this company is known for. Some of the acting is good but the play is slow.

Don't see it if If you do not have patience.

Great acting, Slow

See it if You like comedies of manners. The acting for the most part is great.

Don't see it if You want a breezy, quick witted play. This can be very slow at times.

Witty, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You'd appreciate surprisingly timeless social commentary, witty wordplay, and unabashedly goofy slapstick enacted by a lively cast.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for a 2.5hr+ running time. You don't like small venues. You find 1890s vernacular confusing.

February 27th, 2018
"Well stocked with actors with a solid grasp of high-comedy style...'A Marriage Contract' isn't consistently dazzling, but it remains engaging, and Roe's direction has many clever touches, beginning with the opening...I also enjoyed the Act II opener...The company still has work to do, however, i...
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February 23rd, 2018
"'A Marriage Contract' takes a while to work up a head of steam. But the cast...warms things up, especially as the plot floats away on those Champagne bubbles. There is a great deal of fun to be found in the play's second half as the two pairs of lovers and the hapless Nathaniel work through thei...
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March 7th, 2018
"While 'A Marriage Contract' is a charming evening and has much satire that is still relevant, its genre is that of drawing room comedy. While stylish and graceful, Alex Roe's production is much too broad to be entirely successful. Several of the actors give over-the-top characterizations of reco...
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February 25th, 2018
"The old farce still does have some laughs left in her, although one has to appreciate the limited circumstances of budget and casting under which she wheezes…The contrived plotting is charmingly old-fashioned as are much of the stagey dialogue and constant asides…Its occasional wit and lack of p...
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