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?
"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 personal poetics of individual power during times of political paranoia, hatred and deep contentment for those with opposing views. Very relevantly contemporary.” Full Review
"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 surveillance available today. As we wake up to reports of hacking on an almost daily basis, the play's relevance seems to have diminished greatly in the intervening years since it was written." Full Review
See it if You enjoy a study of the relationship between the individual and the state, a la Antigone.
Don't see it if You seek escapist fare. You think 100 minutes is too long for a play with no intermission.
See it if you like Arthur Miller and want to see a relatively unknown intelligent work of his that relates to the times we live in today.
Don't see it if you just want to concentrate on the lighter side of life.
See it if You are familiar with the play in text, and would like the opportunity to view one of Arthur Miller’s seldom produced play.
Don't see it if You do not like wordy plays or have difficulty following philosophical dialogue.
See it if I must say I went into this play with low expectations. But I really enjoyed it, good acting, and really kept me engaged.
Don't see it if You have trouble sitting through serious plays for almost 2 hours without an intermission
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.
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.
See it if Obviously, if you're a Miller fan or interested in expanding your own knowledge of Miller's works.
Don't see it if You can't sit for an intermissionless show; or if a slower moving pace in a show won't hold your interest.
See it if you love Arthur Miller & want to see his less popular plays. Very good production of a quirky 2nd rate play. Interesting, but not his best.
Don't see it if you expect it to be like Miller's iconic masterpieces. Or a fast-paced modern play. Actors & director can only do so much with this script
See it if you like to know how dissident writers must have felt in Eastern Europe (much hints to Prague) during the Cold War. Great acting+atmosphere.
Don't see it if you don't like 105 min plays w/o intermission or if you prefer lots of "acting". This is mainly talking. The created atmosphere felt right.
See it if If you are an Arthur Miller fan with good acting in a play that is not that well written
Don't see it if Slow long play that repeats over and over again so that the characters become annoying since they have nothing new to say.
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
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?
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.
See it if you love Arthur Miller and want to see one of his less frequently performed works (which is why I went).
Don't see it if you don't love Arthur Miller and you don't like plays that are set all in one living room.
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.
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
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