Ends Oct 08

The Climbers

Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent
83
Critics
80
1 review
Members
83
8 reviews
 

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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Upon the death of their patriarch, the Hunter family struggles to maintain their social and economic standing. Funds are stolen for dangerous financial schemes, dubious marriages are contemplated, and summer dresses are sold on the cheap.

 
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Reviews (9)

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Talkin' Broadway

"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." Full Review

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83
Avg Score

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.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Great staging

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.

Also The Metropolitan Playhouse is a little gem. It revives old plays and r... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dated

See it if You want to see a historical play presented very well

Don't see it if You are impatient with long, slow stories

90
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a brilliant staging of a lost classic play performed in an intimate setting that shows the resourcefulness to survive.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of old fashioned multi act plays from yesteryear that still have relevance in the 21st century.

80
During previews
Entertaining

See it if You are curious about the the playwright Clyde Fitch. The production is too large for the small & intimate Theater. Big cast, good acting,

Don't see it if Have the patience for a long play.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Dated

See it if You enjoy period dramas and are interested in life among the upper class in the early twentieth century who are struggling with social chan

Don't see it if You dislike melodrama. This play tries to combine social satire with standard melodrama and it really does not work although Fitch devotes

Also With regard to the satire/melodrama divide Fitch tries to devote the f... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You like seeing socially relevant obscure playwrights from the turn of the 20th century

Don't see it if Can't sit for 3 hours

94
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You enjoy revivals of forgotten American classics. You're a fan of top-notch ensemble acting, thoughtful staging, and gorgeous period garb.

Don't see it if You don't have the patience for lengthy (almost 3hrs) plays with a lot of dialogue, or if you don't like small theatre spaces.

Also The Metropolitan Playhouse consistently delivers intelligent, well-pro... Read more Read less