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The Archbishop's Ceiling

From 49 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

Arthur Miller's prescient 1978 play, never before seen in New York City, forces us to confront politics as theater, where blending the truth with lies is all part of the game. More…

4 old friends - writers, lovers, activists, celebrities - gather in a 16th century palace on one evening in a country where power is all and nothing can be trusted. Is someone listening to them? Can any of them speak freely? Can they resist the powerful forces that surround them and still maintain their art?

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Member Reviews (49)


Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
Avg Score

Great staging, Slow, Excruciating

See it if If your interested in a back wall Arthur Miller play. Acting is good with what they have to work with.

Don't see it if To long, to wordy. It drags on and becomes uninteresting. If you only like Arthur Miller's more popular works.

Dull, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow

See it if ur a Miller completist & want to see his rarely-seen late play about Cold War espionage, paranoia, oppression & suppression of free speech.

Don't see it if u want to avoid an inert production of a generally didactic, verbose, familiar & dramatically unsatisfying play.

Also This drawing room drama offers little in the way of spectacle or confl... Read more Read less

Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if Actors deserve credit for trying. No bad seats at Urban Stages

Don't see it if It is not Arthur Miller at his best. A set exists. The comparison to today is a stretch

Great staging, Dated, Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you must see all of Miller's work and for the the group of actors who are generally good on a great set.

Don't see it if you want some action - this all takes place over 100 minutes in the same place and is mostly talk among the five characters.

Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Dated

See it if Meeting of four minds is this unclaimed Miller play. Thinly-veiled of historical events drama with Miller perhaps sympathising w/ each view.

Don't see it if Difficult to not draw parallels to what's unfolding today w/ spying, which makes for a relevantly dated evening. Two hours w/o a break?

Too long, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Being spy on, watching your back for friends, family and government.

Don't see it if It moves slow and long. No intermission. A lot of just talking.

Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play by a popular playwright that has never been performed in New York City

Don't see it if You are excited to see what you think will be a hidden gem

Also At first I was really mad at Arthur Miller for writing this play but t... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are a Miller fan and want to be able to say you have seen all his plays and this is the only one you hadn’t seen.

Don't see it if You think you’re going to see a masterpiece of theatre, you most certainly are not ! Although the dialogue was in English I couldn’t figure

Also out the motivations of any of the characters. It didn’t seem to have a... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Dated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Previously unproduced Arthur Miller play about censorship in the Soviet bloc countries in the 1980’s. Who do you trust? Good acting

Don't see it if You want action and a coherent story line. One character is totally unnecessary. 90 minutes with no intermission

Not coherent arthur miller

See it if You're an Arthur Miller fan.

Don't see it if You want a good story that makes sense.

Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if U’re a fan of Arthur Miller and want 2 c an unseen (in NYC) play if his. I enjoyed the story’s closeness 2 our days of Trump. Funny moments.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something light and airy.

Lesser henry miller, Erudite conversation, Fine ensemble acting, Relevant still

See it if Dissident writer, American author, communist sympathizer, and poetess/actress in Eastern Europe react to crackdown by government agents.

Don't see it if If you are confused by a plot that is a thinly camouflaged description of actual historical events and has no clear resolution.

Also Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization and mass protes... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if If you have to see a lost Arthur Miller play. That’s why I went.

Don't see it if If you think that you will discover a lost masterpiece. This is not it.

Also This play needs a production with scenery a ceiling. The titl... Read more Read less

Good acting, poor character development, Insipid

See it if you at a time when you can see 2 brilliant Miller plays, The Crucible and All My Sons, you want to see an epic fail.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with well developed realistic characters.

Also the American lead is portrayed as an exceptionally successful author w... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Pedantic, Tedious, Boring, Convoluted

See it if you want to delve into labyrinthine arguments & discussions about dictatorial regimes on artists & people in general.

Don't see it if you expect even a modicum of interesting drama and dialog from one of the greatest writers of our time.


See it if you enjoy Miller's work and like political stories.

Don't see it if you don't like communist-political stories in which everything said actually means something different.

Slow, Dry as dust, Pedantic

See it if you are a fan of Arthur Miller and have not had your fill of his seemingly incessant theme of McCarthyism under every bed cover.

Don't see it if You're expecting a takeaway worthy of Miller. It reminded me of why I love Williams: even if the play is bad, there is a worthy phrase.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dizzying, Dated

See it if If you like Arthur Miller

Don't see it if Period pieces

Talky, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you absolutely must see every Arthur Miller play.

Don't see it if you want something cohesive. I also had trouble understanding some of the actors as they were not projecting.

Also Sometimes there's a reason why plays are not produced.

Slow, Good acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see a rarely performed play by Arthur Miller w/a lot of interesting themes & ideas/

Don't see it if It's slow and very talky. There's really not much of a plot and the ending seemed very abrupt to me.

Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have a need to see every Arthur Miller play out there

Don't see it if You're looking for an enjoyable evening at the theater

Indulgent, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're a big fan of Arthur Miller and want to see every play he wrote.

Don't see it if you want to see a play that was written well, with good direction and acting.

Good acting, Confusing, Dated, Slow

See it if you enjoy Arthur Miller and can sit for a long drama

Don't see it if you're not interested in plays about Eastern Bloc politics or can't follow fast-talking, accented actors

Also I didn't find much of a plot, just a series of nebulously (un)connecte... Read more Read less

Decent acting; wandering accents, Dated, Lesser miller, Listless production

See it if you’re a Miller completist, though this play is not among his best and this production not ideal.

Don't see it if Unwilling to overlook some clumsy staging, can’t sit for 100+ minutes of play that is short on dramatic action

Also Set in an unnamed Eastern bloc country resembling Czechoslovakia circa... Read more Read less

Good show with unfinished ending, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting

See it if Show for the people who came from the countries where spying and destroying dissidents were normal.Gehling,Meth,Morger, Spano are stars

Don't see it if Small theatre, dirty sits, 1h 40 min, no intermission. Slow at times, a lot of talking about "them" who might install spy equipment

Also Show is not bad at all. Better to go if you have some at least basic k... Read more Read less

May 13th, 2019
"Performed without an intermission, Arthur Miller's 'The Archbishop's Ceiling' goes on too long for the few events that take place. The title gives away the play's one big secret and the other later revelations seem too little and too late when there is much more technologically advanced surveill...
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May 16th, 2019
"The play itself at times, can be brooding and uneasy. The goings-on can at times be sensual, even affectionate. But what brings a contemporaneous warmth to the play’s otherwise Cold War chill is the director himself and his precise direction to his ensemble casts deep appreciation for the person...
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