Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

Imagining Madoff

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Members say: Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the show

New Light Theater Project presents an encore presentation of this drama, which explores themes of greed, willful blindness to the truth, and the beauty and danger of absolute faith, either in God or in men. More…

"Imagining Madoff" finds Madoff in prison, determined to control his own narrative for history as he dictates to a visiting biographer stories about his childhood, his family, women, money, and an all-night meeting he had with Holocaust survivor and poet, Solomon Galkin.

1h 35m | Already closed | Theatre Row / Theatre One (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (52)


Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Disappointing
Avg Score

Polished, Unenlightening, Superficial, Disappointing, Dull

See it if you can't get enough of Madoff. Or of inane Torah discussns. BLM wouldn't disclose his scheme to outsider. No light shed on his evil.

Don't see it if Closing line is ridiculous. BLM feels NO remorse as a narcissistic sociopath. He isn't suffering; his victims are. Play was harmful drivel.

Poetic, Humane, Intense, Talmudic, Insightful

See it if you’d like to experience a deep, imaginative exploration of what leads “great” men to deceive the people that trust them.

Don't see it if you only like traditional plays: This one plays with the form.

Also Deb Margolin’s “Imagining Madoff,” making a belated NYC premiere, is a... Read more Read less

Philosophical, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Philosophical fallout from criminal intentionality w/ great acting."I was just the arms and legs that helped money move."Discussion on faith

Don't see it if Following orders blindly discussed with the dangers of piety and The Holocaust and Ponzi schemes. "Money can turn everything into itself"

Also "When I spill, I never clean-up." Ahem.

Jewish themes, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Good performances by all

See it if Quite a performance by Jeremiah Kissel in particular, but all three actors were excellent.

Don't see it if You have no interest in reliving the Madoff scandal.

Also Very small theater, open seating so arrive early if you want a very go... Read more Read less

Interesting attempt but slow moving

See it if You like imagined stories about real life difficult events.

Don't see it if You want a real play telling an enlightening story.

Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a drama expressing what might have been some of Madoff's motivation and his total lack of morality, not historically accurate

Don't see it if you have no interest in Madoff either as a person or his motivation to do what he did. You were a Madoff victim and don't want any reminder

Great acting, Dull, Thought-provoking, Slow, Ambitious

See it if If you feel compelled to see the whole collection of MADOFF products and don’t care how boring it is.

Don't see it if You’re looking for entertainment. This is a dull play about a tragic story.

Well done but passé, Foregone conclusion: no surprises here, Overrated, Anticlimactic, Great acting

See it if love tales of self-determination+profit motive (Ink, Lehman Trilogy). This rerun of capitalists gone wild has Don Draper as Jewish financier

Don't see it if If I see 1 more amoral opportunist framing power in terms of psychosexual conquest/conflating fortune w/ exposure of a bare-chested woman...

Also ...I will barf in the aisles. Excellent cast giving fluent performance... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if A creative drama about the motivation behind Madoff’s behavior. Well written 3 person thoughtful play.

Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer light , fast moving dramas or musicals. You have to listen intently to this play.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want a fictionalized impression of what might have gone through the mind of a monster. Interesting point of view.

Don't see it if you want facts. Many inaccuracies.

Excellent acting, Overly philosophizing, Pretentious, Boring, Slow

See it if you like plays that have little dialog, many soliloquies, religious philosophizing and fine acting.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that present characters tediously & pretentiously telling about themselves to elucidate their motivations & personalities.

Serious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Totally credible

See it if you still marvel at how one human being can be so horrendous and are curious about what makes a person like that tick.

Don't see it if you're overdosed on Madoff or are looking for new information. It's an almost compassionate look at one of the great villains of our time.

Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Beautifully written, directed and extremely well acted play. This show is ready to be moved to Broadway with very little changes.

Don't see it if Bernie Madoff is an uncomfortable topic, then this is not your play.

Talky, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in explorations of morality, and the breadth of moral responsibility, in light of Madoff’s crimes.

Don't see it if Spending 90 minutes with a reprehensible person is more than you can bear.

Also This is dense and intellectually challenging. Drink a cup of coffee be... Read more Read less

Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy plays about current events

Don't see it if You prefer fluff

Great staging, Great acting

See it if Beautiful poetic language and terrific performances. Allen is wonderful.

Don't see it if You want a history play. This is a fictionalized memory play exploring motivation, greed, guilt, idol worship and a host of other ideas.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like small theater productions about Maddoff, Jewish themes and philosophical dialogue. Strong acting

Don't see it if Script rambles and 90 minutes seemed Slow

Insipid, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You know someone in the cast. The acting was very good.

Don't see it if You want to know more about Bernard Madoff. There’s no resin to see this play except for the fine acting.

Dull, Great acting

See it if You want to see an extremely compelling performance from the terrific actor playing Madoff.

Don't see it if You don't want to see this performance lost in an unfortunately dull play.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Well acted play and intellectual commentary- although in some places I wished there was either less Mishnah commentary or more explanation

Don't see it if Madoff and his motivations disgust you. Or want more straightforward exposition

Depressingly familiar sociopath, Philosophically astute, if not psychologically, Great acting

See it if Deb Margolin's smart 2010 take on the moral & ethical lapses of BM, a debate informed by an imagined encounter with a fictionalized Wiesel

Don't see it if wanting revenge tragedy; no vindictiveness here, only genuine questions of moral culpability, which have alas since been eclipsed many times

Also All three actors--as BM, his erstwhile secretary, and the Elie Wiesel ... Read more Read less

Slow, Relevant, Intense, Excruciating, Dizzying

See it if You are interested to learn more about the tragic Ponzi Scheme created by Madoff and brought drama to his family & investor of 65bn dollars

Don't see it if It is a very slow and long play. I found it very dull but great actors made it worthwhile

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting

See it if You want look at the Madoff scandal in a slightly different way

Don't see it if You like comedies and musicals

Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

See it if fictional account of Bernie Madoff meeting Elie Wiesel with a discussion well into the evening hours.

Don't see it if I thought the acting was good however I really didn't learn anything new regarding Bernie Madoff. Show runs 90 minutes.

Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the Madoff story. Intriguing theme, but nothing new. Ambitious, but disappointing.

Don't see it if You expect some insight to the motives for this Ponzi Scheme. The last half hour dragged.

October 27th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Eleven years after Madoff's crimes were uncovered, playwright Deb Margolin's beautifully crafted, powerfully acted reflection on greed and guilt resonates keenly."
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October 30th, 2019
"An uncomfortable exploration of the psyche of Bernie Madoff…Director Jerry Heymann delivers a serviceable production of a challenging script…Unfortunately the play feels too aimless to be satisfying."
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March 12th, 2019
for a previous production "The show is not docu-theater. Unfortunately, the change also undermined the stakes by pitting a real villain against a made-up victim — especially one who feels as generic as Galkin...Even at just over 90 minutes, this production, directed by Jerry Heymann, feels baggy at times and takes a while...
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March 10th, 2019
for a previous production "So engrossing and philosophically lively...The cast of this belated New York City première, directed by Jerry Heymann, is exquisite: as Madoff, Jeremiah Kissel prowls the stage like some eloquent but enigmatic animal; as Galkin, Gerry Bamman pinpoints the tragic intersection of wisdom and oblivi...
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