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 I have seen other versions of this play and this one was quirky and different which I usually like but still unsure how the production
Don't see it if If you don't like new versions of classic shows
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.
See it if You're a Shaw fan. It's not perfect, but at least it's interesting.
Don't see it if You think Terry Teachout's rave review can't be wrong, and would be disappointed to find out it's quite overblown.
See it if you love Shaw and you want to see just how relevant his plays are in today's world. The actors are fully committed to this work.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a long play. However, it beautifully acted & staged that it never felt long.
See it if You enjoy work by Shaw. You love the actors or you like supporting small works at Theater Row.
Don't see it if You don't like plays, specifically wordy ones like this. You find some plays hard to follow.
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 If you like a traditional show. Good acting.
Don't see it if Direction was aweful. Different then previous on and off Broadway performances, this one was not good to long. They changed it fromoriginal
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 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.
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 Reimagined 1920 GBS play now set in theater basement during London blitz. Appealing cast, charming beginning.with singalongs.
Don't see it if Anti-war, anti-big business points are never made clear in 2:45 hour play. Heavy British accents, lots of declaiming, fusty humor.
See it if you'd like to experience the original Shaw take on this play (it's a premiere) before he rewrote it. Seasoned performers worth seeing.
Don't see it if you expect a full-on production. Charming but a bit stagnant, doesn't really go anywhere. Felt a little flat, like Chekhov's Cherry Orchard.
See it if You love Shaw, can tolerate the gas-bagginess, and will appreciate the (overly) enthusiastic acting.
Don't see it if The awkward contrast of opera buffo acting and serious political ideas will irritate you. The tone, acting, and direction are inconsistent.