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The Father (TFANA)

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Theatre for a New Audience presents August Strindberg's startling vision of marriage and the battle of the sexes. More…

Strindberg reportedly wrote 'The Father' in response to Henrik Ibsen's 'A Doll's House.' Now, for the first time ever, these two plays will be performed in rotating repertory. Working with a new adaptation of Strindberg's classic by Scottish author David Greig, Theatre for a New Audience mounts both shows with director Arin Arbus and Drama Desk Award winning actors Maggie Lacey and John Douglas Thompson.

Member Reviews (32)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you love great drama, wonderful acting and Strindberg

Don't see it if you want something uplifting and not an intense psychological drama

Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if For the majestic John Douglas Thompson, coming apart at the seams at the hands of his tactically superior wife. The dark humor is a joy.

Don't see it if You don't care for an epic battle of the sexes circa 1887. It seems like yesterday. It feigns a sexism we see today, though we hide it now.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like shows about marital strife. This one is evocative of both "Gaslight" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf".

Don't see it if you dislike bare sets (this one isn't completely bare, but it comes close) or if you can't handle one or two overly long monologues.

Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a fan of John Douglas Thompson, who gives yet one more great performance in a challenging role!

Don't see it if you don't like really intense tragedy.

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if love great acting and Strindberg. Excellent new translation. Tight, taught and fast moving production.

Don't see it if Don't like Nordic School of drama

Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Profound

See it if In a relationship, got a partner, want to understand your parents? See this superb production. Sorry, you only have one more day, till 6/12.

Don't see it if You might have a tough time getting in, but try. I see no reason not to see this battle of the sexes play. Getting hitched? Think twice.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a great performance (by John Douglas Thompson), you like Strindberg or interested in his response to A Doll's House

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy. There are moments of humor, but this play is delivered in a dramatic, serious way

Great acting, Dizzying, Depressing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if misreviewed.

Don't see it if ....

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Riveting production , deftly directed,brilliant performance by J.D. Thompson and outstanding Maggie Lacey, and cast. Powerful,relevant!

Don't see it if Strindberg's view on marriage and the sexes don't engage you.

Great acting, Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are in a serious mood

Don't see it if if you want something light and cheery

Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want a well written dark look at marriage and family.

Don't see it if you need more than strong dialogue to be entertained.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound

See it if It was a privilege to be in the audience to experience Mr Langella's performance.

Don't see it if This is a must see play and performance

Riveting, Shattering performances, Great writing

See it if to witness a devastating drama by Strindberg performed with immediacy and great intensity​. A must-see for true theater lovers.

Don't see it if you prefer a Hollywood ending and the war of the sexes and dysfunctional family life are not for you.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to see Strindberg's modern take on the battle of the sexes, with an amazing performance by John Douglas Thompson.

Don't see it if You can't stand that the whole mishegoss could have been avoided with one DNA test. Where is Dr. Phil when we need him?

Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Dated, Great writing

See it if You never saw a Strindberg play. Strindberg was a contemporary of Ibsen, and wrote this reacting to "A Doll's House". V. good, Ibsen wins.

Don't see it if No interest in Strindberg/Ibsen, or traveling to Brooklyn.

Great acting, Great acting, wonderful battle of the sexes

See it if You have never seen John Douglas Thompson. you will find him to be one of the true treasures of contempary theatre.

Don't see it if You can't give a 100 year old play a little leeway.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Intense

See it if You are a fan of John Douglas Thompson. You want to see some great acting in a classic Strindberg play

Don't see it if You hate Strindberg

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like to be surprised

Don't see it if The subject matter is too close to home

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if You want a clear look at life of an Alzheimer's patient

Don't see it if You don't like intense dramas

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy excellent acting

Don't see it if you are confused about the story line of a play

Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Profound, Intense

See it if You like the discussion of gender roles

Don't see it if You are impatient. There is no intermission

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have feelings about gender roles. You are into alternative staging and classics.

Don't see it if You don't like historical literature.

Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like theatre for a new audience

Don't see it if you don't like strinberg

During previews
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Great staging, Mixed performances

See it if you like intense dramas and strong male-female conflict, as the playwright had quite a grudge against women ("the enemy"). Crazy ending.

Don't see it if mixed acting abilities or anti-feminist rants annoy you. The father was amazing, the wife and her brother were sadly no match for him.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like dramas

Don't see it if you don;t like family relationships

May 25th, 2016
"What really awakens the senses here is the feeling of suffocation that pervades the domestic battlefield…Ms. Arbus’s interpretation and Ms. Lacey’s performance help insure that the argument here is by no means one-sided. If Laura is compelled to destroy her husband, it’s because she has effectiv...
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May 25th, 2016
“Turgid doesn’t begin to describe the dialectic embedded in August Strindberg’s melodramatic battle of wills, and yet adapter David Greig manages to winkle out humor and insight...Though Strindberg was clearly on the side of his hog-tied title character, a grudging respect is surely due such a re...
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June 9th, 2016
"The battle of the sexes comes served two ways in Theatre for a New Audience’s sturdy and ever-accessible double bill of classics...Maggie Lacey plays against her girl-next-door looks. In 'The Father,' she’s a wife who drives her husband crazy by undermining his trust...John Douglas Thompson brin...
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May 25th, 2016
“As played by Thompson, the Captain comes across like an innocuous nut job...By contrast, Lacey's Laura is calculating in her malice, ‘I've yet to meet the man I can't defeat,’ she tells her husband, her icy gaze freezing him in his tracks. Such melodramatic lines pervade the text, and this fabul...
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