Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

Heartbreak House

From 79 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

About the show

In this new adaptation of Shaw’s play, it’s the first days of the London Blitz. With the performance interrupted, the cast and audience have joined together to seek shelter in the theatre’s basement.  More…

To entertain the crowd, the cast performs Shaw’s most vital paean to resistance and perseverance against tyranny, 'Heartbreak House.' Inspired by actual events as lived by Hermione Gingold during the WWII’s darkest days, this new approach strives to make Shaw’s masterpiece more timely than ever.  'Heartbreak House' brings a wildly disparate group of people together in the English countryside over a September weekend to make major decisions about their future. No stone is left unturned as each character is forced to come to terms with his or her past while finding a way to move forward in the face of the coming crisis. 

2h 20m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (79)


Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

Bad acting, Slow, Dull, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You're a big Shaw fan and want to see a cool new take on one of his plays.

Don't see it if You're bothered by really shoddy acting and a slow story. I don't know whether the shitty acting was a choice or not, but it didn't work.

Confusing, Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Boring

See it if You will like anything Terry Teachout likes. I thought I did.

Don't see it if You hate farce.

Also If you go don’t sit in the back, or wear your vegan fur. They’re keepi... Read more Read less

Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like British humor and farce in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You can't follow dialects or prefer large shows in a large setting.

During previews
Forced acting, Disappointing, Slow, Limp farce, No tension

See it if you like singing in a group. Audience singing is encouraged. You know HH so well you won't notice how underdeveloped these characters are.

Don't see it if I can’t recommend it in its current state. Cast/director just didn’t pull it off. A chore to sit through.

Also It might get better. First performance flopped but I don’t think the s... Read more Read less

September 9th, 2018
“A crisp and fizzy comic wake-up call to a society drifting toward self-destruction...The play’s potential for resonance in our own time is enormous...Yet Staller’s unfocused production never answers the fundamental question for any revival: Why now? Even with such a tantalizingly talented cast, ...
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September 20th, 2018
“Shaw’s play is a hellishly difficult combination of portentousness and froth...Staller desperately wants us to have a good time; he adds sing-alongs and gives us the divinely silly Hiller...But the ensemble...simply can’t locate the play’s comic spark...No one can agree on how big to play, how g...
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September 11th, 2018
“Staller has taken on ‘Heartbreak House’, one of Shaw’s most challenging plays, with altogether extraordinary results...This version is a conceptual staging, one whose ingenious framing device intensifies the effect of Shaw’s text instead of smothering it...A high-quality ensemble cast...Staller’...
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September 9th, 2018
“This WW II scenario is not what Shaw had in mind for his trenchant antiwar comedy...Yet Staller has cannily, though not always successfully, adapted the play to make it what Shaw may have first conceived it as...Staller's take sometimes sacrifices the play's comical moments for the sake of this ...
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