The Climbers
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The Climbers
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The Climbers NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(18 Reviews)
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Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Dated

About the Show

Metropolitan Playhouse presents a revival of Clyde Fitch's 1901 drama, a still timely tale of social climbing at all costs.

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Member Reviews (18)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Relevant, Deep

See it if Lengthy development of characters, struggle to maintain status, reaction to betrayal of trust, trappings of 1900 but relevant today.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for slow elaboration of the characters, 3 acts with many scenes each. Simple staging in a small space.

601 Reviews | 88 Followers
83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a story about how people react when they lose financial security. Some people rise to the occasion and others are ruthless.

Don't see it if you don't like period dramas. Read more

455 Reviews | 126 Followers
88
Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing, Perfect/gorgeous costumes, Relevant

See it if You love Lillian Hellman's work as this is written in a similar style. You enjoy Victorian drama and are not put off by the sexist elements.

Don't see it if You don't like lengthy plays. This is almost 3 hours long. Drama between the sexes is not your thing.

369 Reviews | 51 Followers
86
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if you are interested in a play that may be 100 years old but still relevant today. People still grapple with social & financial status.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a play that runs over two and a half hours, even if it is interesting.

270 Reviews | 53 Followers
73
Creaky

See it if Set, costumes, most acting very good. Writing not so much. I generally like old plays but this one could have stayed on the shelf.

Don't see it if Could have been trimmed quite a bit. Whole scenes unnecessary. Humor really didn't work.

231 Reviews | 43 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Clever, Dated

See it if you like "High Society" shows similar to Downtown Abbey. It has beautiful costumes, great acting and complex plot.

Don't see it if it you hate long shows (almost 3 hours) and you don't care about problems of the wealthy class. Read more

214 Reviews | 57 Followers
79
Dated, Entertaining, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like period pieces. The costumes were excellent and really set the mood; the staging was clever; the acting was quite good.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays with a mix of satire, humor, and melodrama representing the culture from another time period. Read more

172 Reviews | 24 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Excellent portrayal of this seldom seen play; funny and poignant; great acting by all

Don't see it if you don't like a very small theater

Critic Reviews (2)

Talkin' Broadway
September 15th, 2017

"A top-notch revival...Part social satire, part melodrama, and part Ibsenesque problem play...The play combines raucous comedy scenes, overwrought tragic moments, and polemical discussions...Remarkably, the tonal fluctuations work within the precarious social and ethical world in which the play is set...There are some longueurs, but overall, the play is rich and compelling...A good deal of the play's success must be credited to Hardart and his excellent company of actors."
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TheaterScene.net
September 23rd, 2017

“While ‘The Climbers’ may seem dated to the uninitiated, it is an excellent example of the serious plays from its era. Michael Hardart's superb production makes an excellent case for this as a turn-of-the-last-century American classic. The play's relevance has returned in our own era, and also demonstrates that the corruption of the American dream through greed and ambitious has been going on for over 116 years.”
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