New York | 2h 30m | Already closed

The Climbers

From 2 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, 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. More…

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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Metropolitan Playhouse (East Village)


“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.” Full Review

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

Dated, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Also The show is done in a very small space with only 51 seats and staged i... Read more Read less

Relevant, Perfect/gorgeous costumes, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

Dated, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Earnest, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if a lovely, small, intimate classic on subject matters which still resonate today

Don't see it if you prefer modern to classic plays

Deep, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Absorbing

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.

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Relevant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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

Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Entertaining, Dated

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.

Also I enjoyed this show and found the ideas and problems exposed are relev... Read more Read less


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.

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

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

Slow, Intelligent, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you appreciate a company with a small space taking on big old plays. The director did a great job making most of the material work well.

Don't see it if you don't have the attention span for a 3 act play.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you like historical dramas.

Don't see it if long plays bore you.

Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like period pieces ,appreciate beautiful costumes and interesting stage sets ... great acting !

Don't see it if You don't like period pieces and can't sit for 2 and a half hours

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

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

During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Intense

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

During previews

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.

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, 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

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