A Marriage Contract
East Village
72

A Marriage Contract NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(7 Reviews)
Positive
71%
Mixed
29%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (7)

73
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. Read more

71
Lifeless

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.

Critic Reviews (6)

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, in terms of production values, all of which are far beneath the level of the performers, and all of which are crucial for realizing the style of plays such as this."
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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 their problems and provide the audience with its happy ending. Roe helms the production with its relatively large cast of 12."
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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 recognizable types which somewhat unbalances the play."
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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 prolixity are in its favor…Roe's competent but mostly unexceptional cast…keeps things lively. Still, with four acts running well over two hours, interest often flags."
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March 9th, 2018

"It’s a city-country comedy, the 1892 version of red-state/blue-state polarization, with occasional sharp-edged lines that strike altogether contemporary chords...Daly is neither a subtle thinker nor a socially/politically minded one. But he is, in playwriting, a highly skilled charmer who knows how to keep an audience amused...If Roe’s company plays a tad rawly, they also play with a bouncy spirit that seems to mirror the urban brashness with which Daly infused the script."
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February 19th, 2018

"Written 125 years ago, it still can elicit laughs through clever wordplay and is firmly planted in situation comedy land...Roe effectively stages the play in their small, intimate space and keeps the action (and clowning) moving along...The play is still funny despite its age...With the exception of one cringingly awful performance (in a very minor part), the cast is good...Greatness might be achieved by ratcheting up this broad comedy a notch or two. Overall, a welcome discovery."
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