New York | 1h 40m | Already closed

I Will Look Forward to this Later

From 5 critic and 7 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

About the show

New Ohio Theatre and The Assembly in collaboration with IRT Theatre present this tragicomic examination of art-making and evolution through the lens of one man's death. More…

The Great Man is dead. The family of Wyatt Holloway, American novelist, squints into the light where his shadow used to be. What is his legacy, and is it possible to create a new, better order of things? Inspired by Kabuki theater and interviews with our mentors, The Assembly and a multigenerational ensemble ponder the mysteries of bourbon, coffee, and what makes a meaningful life.

1h 40m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)

The Reading Salon

"'I Will Look Forward To This Later' is rich with beautiful writing and the staging was much like William Burroughs’ 'A Naked Lunch' in that it blended fantasy and reality into one intelligent and provocative package with just enough risk taking to keep me at the edge of my seat." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Incorporating family drama, Kabuki theatre, and real-life interviews with aging artists, The Assembly’s 'I Will Look Forward To This Later' investigates the ways in which our pasts actively shape our current existence, and asks whether we can evolve in spite (or because) of them...As The Assembly makes clear, we cannot sever ties with our past, but we can, with awareness and honesty, use it to build a better future." Full Review

The New York Times

"A tender, oddly conventional drama from the Assembly...What’s most surprising is how normal the resulting work is, ghosts and all. The playwrights and the director have distilled this material into a fairly ordinary family drama. Though some plot turns and directorial elements gesture toward the stylized, the characters and themes mostly feel familiar...Yet the Assembly still has its own particular flavor, an unabashed and boldly unhip sincerity that sometimes swings into sentimentality." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"The layers and multiplicities transform persistently without seeming to change at all. This unique power allows it to move beyond the hallmarks of the stage while earnestly pursuing the distance between the legacy of one’s art and one’s life...The plot doesn’t wholly escape cliché...Benacerraf and Benson create a truly communal experience that evokes the tradition of Brecht’s mirror-like Epic Theater...To the viewer’s chagrin the difference is an unearned amount of happiness and hope." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'I Will Look Forward to This Later' is an ensemble piece that required cohesiveness. And this was a cohesive bunch. But due to the nature of the characters’ intentions, some performances were grating...'I Will Look Forward to This Later' is a fascinating examination on art-making and legacy. The Assembly offered something potentially worthwhile but if you lack empathy for the characters, you’re likely to feel like them; ambivalent." Full Review

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Slow

See it if Aging & art; choice versus action & commitment; love & transience – are issues that compel. Pace is slow but Samuels monologue worth it all.

Don't see it if A deliberate pace and issues of life, death and art don't appeal, even in an intelligent and honest rumination with some fine performances.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like dramatic plays. Acting was good and staging was interesting. Thought provoking

Don't see it if you don't like though provoking shows about death and relationships dynamics between family memebers.

Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Humorous

See it if You like thought provoking, albeit long shows, that make you think about life, death, happiness, etc. that makes the most of its small stage

Don't see it if you don't like slightly humorous and thought provoking shows that drag without much of a driving force getting it to the end.

Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You enjoy slow burns, a little confusion, slice of life dramas

Don't see it if You consider yourself impatient. This play dragged often

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You like plots that are confusing and make no sense. Also, if you like seeing characters that don't belong together get together.

Don't see it if You enjoy good theater. This was not good theater. I felt bad for the actors. They were so enthusiastic and seemed unaware how bad it is.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Original

See it if you like to be challenged, you enjoy great acting and precise, ambitious writing.

Don't see it if you're not interested in innovative theater.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying, Slow, Underwhelming

See it if You like minimalist theater

Don't see it if You enjoy theater with likable characters and a clear message.

Cast & Creatives (14)