Already closed | 1h 20m | West Village

Death of the Liberal Class

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Banal

About the show

The New Ohio presents the world premiere of this dark domestic comedy about liberal parenting, capitalist co-option, and losing (or finding) your edge. More…

A burned-out, left wing journalist retreats to the family farm for peace of mind. Then his teenage daughter arrives, bringing all the anger he’s left behind and her hacktivist boyfriend. When his wife shows up to negotiate their split, his newfound vision of being happy proves more elusive than he imagined. Inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges's book of the same name.

1h 20m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (7)


Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Banal
Avg Score

Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like short shows, as it's only 1 hour 20 minutes including the 15 minute late start.

Don't see it if You don't like bad acting, you want to be able to follow the plot.

Disappointing, Awkward

See it if you don't mind clumsy conversation and unlikely human reactions in an otherwise interesting plot.

Don't see it if you think you will get the sense of the book of the same name which inspired the play.

Disappointing, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you want one (improbable) solution to corporate hegemony. This middling play should've pushed the satire of "Robo Corp" to the extreme.

Don't see it if you desire a family dramedy of consequence (see "The Humans" instead).

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You have nothing better to do.

Don't see it if You enjoy an engaging story and interesting, well drawn characters.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if loved it

Don't see it if you are boring

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an inter-racial couple

Don't see it if You hate plays

During previews
Indulgent, Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You can look past curious casting choices and self-important dialogue to appreciate a new work in its roughest form

Don't see it if You want a less politically-driven play or something with a bigger budget with characters that are likable

February 2nd, 2016
"'Death of the Liberal Class,' a muddle of a play tries to find bigger themes in a male schlub’s midlife crisis. But that’s asking too much of the story’s irksome, inconsistent characters…The notion of a younger generation calling out hypocrisy by actually taking the actions an older generation o...
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February 4th, 2016
"This could be the stuff of a fascinating play, but Robert Lyons hasn’t written one....'Death of the Liberal Class' is thin gruel that feels long even at a meager 70 minutes. The characters seem artificial and Jerry Heymann’s wooden staging does no favors to the writing or the cast. Chalk it up t...
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January 30th, 2016
"'Death of the Liberal Class' takes a typical dysfunctional family narrative and raises the stakes with an economic conspiracy theory…Even though she only appears in three scenes, Olivia Horton particularly shines as Maggie…Horton approaches the work with a delightful truth and simplicity…How rea...
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February 3rd, 2016
"The play defies the dichotomous branding of 'liberal' and 'conservative'...'Death of the Liberal Class' is essential theater for the new generation-- where cultural, social, and political mores are constantly evolving, weaving together, and merging. Robert Lyons has given us exceptionally well-w...
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