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.
See it if you like Shaw, you enjoy thought provoking theatre, or you want to laugh all night long!
Don't see it if you don't like Shaw plays...there's really no other reason not to see it!
See it if you like GBS. HH swirls all over. Point isn't clear until the end. Needs cuts; framing device is fun altho it undercuts ending. Great cast.
Don't see it if you want coherence. Fun quips/characters, but sprawling (frustrating) work. Metaphor of unhelmed ship comes late. 85 for cast/65 for script.
See it if you want to see Shaw's great anti-war comedy, adroitly acted by a 1st rate cast of Off-Bway all-stars, in a lively, if uneven, production.
Don't see it if you can't get past Staller's questionable decision to frame Shaw's great WWI commentary within a half-baked, campy WWII "skit".
See it if Partner's 85% and my 70%. Had seen the 1960-61 version but unable to match them up. Loved the cast.
Don't see it if Lion theater not the best of T. Row.. Almost 3 hours will not do it with today's theater expectations. Not clear e the time periods.
See it if first rate actors act up a storm as iconoclastic characters; anti-war script continues to shock showing society on brink of disaster
Don't see it if variety of acting styles don't mesh; production under rehearsed; frame tale: performance of play waiting out WWII air raid distracting
See it if Its a play in a play during an air raid in London WWII, that performance in the basement of the theater. Funny at times.
Don't see it if Its long play around 3 hours. In a small theater.
See it if you enjoy classic, British comedies. The performances are great and the show does a great job of lightly integrating the audience.
Don't see it if you have a hard time sitting through long shows (2 hr 40 min) and maintaining focus. My mind wandered off several times; I missed things.
See it if You are a George Bernard Shaw fan and enjoy campy stories of the British upper class. Set in the 1940’s. Alison Fraser & Karen Ziemba.
Don't see it if You dislike sitting for 2 hours 40 minutes. Actor playing muti-characters. Dislike talky dramas. Expect lots of action.
See it if It's Shaw, so naturally some clever, pointed dialogue. Talented cast
Don't see it if you prefer your Shaw without gimmicks. I saw the 3rd preview so the timing was not where it should be.
Also I'd be interested in seeing it again after the kinks are ironed out.
See it if you are a fan of one of the excellent actors in it; want to see a live performance of a Shaw classic.
Don't see it if you prefer your Shaw "pure" & will dislike some changes that detract from the production., especially the slapstick bits.
See it if you like intimate, smart parlor dramas; great ensembles—everyone has moments to shine; the fab Karen Ziemba (who's wowed us since Contact)!
Don't see it if you don't like dense scripts, or bits of audience interaction, or lengthy productions—second half drags at the end, so endurance is a must!
See it if you want to see Alison Frasier camping it up or Karen Ziemba looking lovely. Stars are the attraction. The frame doesn't work; show is dull.
Don't see it if you want to see a really effective staging of this play. It is a difficult one, no doubt, but this version doesn't work. Seemed indulgent.
See it if You love GBS plays and actors capable of rendering his dense thicket of words into melody and meaning. A classic even more relevant today.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy long wordy plays with a heavy dose of Britishness. Pluses for me but not to everyone's liking.
See it if the show is tweaked & fine tuned. In the absence of that, the show (as is) had true moments of wonderful comedic acting.
Don't see it if you'd rather not sit in a tiny, sub-zero theater for 2 hr/45 mins (includes intermission), & you don't like actors playing multiple roles.
See it if you like intelligent GBS plays that are sharply written, funny, examine human behavior and can accept the premise that the play's setting
Don't see it if you only like fast-paced plays and have no patience for the slow pace & witty repartee of GBS in this new poorly conceived adaptation of HH!
See it if You like historical shows, innovative productions of older shows, you like Shaw, you don't mind longer shows, you like smaller theaters.
Don't see it if You don't like when characters play multiple roles, material that's at-all dated, audience interaction, or plays with music.