The Gravedigger's Lullaby
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The Gravedigger's Lullaby
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The Gravedigger's Lullaby NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(58 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
10%
Negative
2%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

TACT presents a new drama about the life of an honest, hard-working gravedigger who sweats and bleeds to support his small family.

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Member Reviews (58)

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841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
75
Great acting, Gritty, Dark, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You like dark dramas exploring themes of class & struggling to make ends meet. Performances are excellent.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare or a comedy.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
80
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Slow, Intense

See it if Talbott's blue collar drama wears its heart on its dirty sleeve but Koch's excellent Baylen has us in grip from his first sigh of exhaustion

Don't see it if Drama takes too long to reach its points about economic injustice & strives for a questionable mythic quality; good direction helps focus

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if great acting esp by Ted Koch.Lighting and Sound match to perfection. 90 minutes. Be ready for some woe"Not now, before" as the author says

Don't see it if You want a fun musical It is as somber as it can get. Some lives are tough to see. 90 minutes Tense action re: relationships among pals kin

488 Reviews | 103 Followers
84
Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if today because there are only two more shows left both on april 1st

Don't see it if you are in the mood to see something light Read more

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see a brilliant contemporary drama that will keep you riveted from first word to last ! Realism is on stage.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate physical fighting and raw language and dialogue sometimes incredibly loud. No intermission in intensity in this drama !

411 Reviews | 72 Followers
82
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if You'd like to see a well-written premier about hard working people just barely ekeing out a living.

Don't see it if You can't understand someone who gets so angry at the boss and his situation that he lashes out at a co-worker.

384 Reviews | 71 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like serious tough thoughtful plays. A gravedigger stuck in his life. Sad, touching, powerful. Super set. The lead actor is terrific.

Don't see it if You want laughs humor or light play. This is not that. There is a sex scene that goes on too long. Read more

377 Reviews | 52 Followers
83
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Emotionally powerful, Absorbing

See it if plays about class/financial struggles engage you and you can handle gut wrenching situations.

Don't see it if you want to leave the theater with a song on your lips and a smile on your face.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
March 14th, 2017

“There’s a core of honest emotion at the center of Jeff Talbott’s ‘The Gravedigger’s Lullaby.’ That isn’t enough to redeem this new play’s problems, but it fuels a few poignant scenes in this fablelike story…The cast members handle the script with deftness…That script could stand to trim some self-conscious poeticism and to smooth a few uneven plot points…Some parts of ‘The Gravedigger’s Lullaby’ are often skewed. But its heart is always in the right place.”
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Lighting & Sound America
March 20th, 2017

"The bones of great drama are there, but the execution is stolid and sluggish, a problem sometimes exacerbated by Thompson's direction...The playwright has avoided any details that would ground the action in a specific reality. Similarly, the characters are lacking in shading...Whenever the actors get an opportunity, they seize it with gusto...Gripping scene-by-scene yet a little dull in its overall effect, an unsatisfying, yet startlingly different, work from a still-developing playwright."
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TheaterScene.net
March 13th, 2017

"Emotionally involving due to its engaging performances, but ultimately unsatisfying because of its oddly, strategic lack of specificity, 'The Gravedigger’s Lullaby' is a grim, kitchen-sink drama...Playwright Jeff Talbott offers an overall well-written and plotted social drama that detours into a strident political battle over capitalism...The flawed script is energized by the impeccable production elements...Director Jenn Thompson’s staging is accomplished."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 28th, 2017

"There are believable, deep, layered human stories revealed by playwright and four stalwart performers, honed with subtlety and deliberate pacing under Jenn Thompson’s firm directorial hand...The world, in this production of this splendid play, is specific, charming, fearsome, intimate and haunting...Class divisions are tested by human tragedy but rigidly reassert themselves. Sex and physical risk and fear and redemption all combust and resolve, in under two hours. A marvelous creation."
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CurtainUp
March 12th, 2017

"With both script and production design sidestepping temporal specificity, the play has a sense of universality that works quite well...Thompson's exquisite collaboration with her actors ensures that what's in the interstices of the dialogue and the silent sequences of the production is poetic, theatrical, and powerful...The well-calibrated pace of what the actors do when they're not talking brings a sense of real life, with its ups and downs, yet keeps things from becoming wearisome."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 13th, 2017

"The conflict between the barely surviving gravediggers and the privileged Charles...reminds us of that between what we now call the 1% and the 99%. This, though, doesn't seem Talbott's purpose, which appears to be the revelation of how, even in the direst circumstances, love...can survive and even flourish...'The Gravedigger's Lullaby' is a minor genre piece that generally achieves what it sets out to do. If only that red herring didn't swim into view toward the end."
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Times Square Chronicles
March 31st, 2017

"Mr. Koch makes you feel for Baylen....Mr. Lawson brings the pain of never having escaped loss, combined with humor. I have long loved Mr. Beck’s work and, here again, he allows you to see a human side of someone who has more than everyone else...Jenn Thompson’s direction holds this piece together. She allows the pacing and the character study is fleshed out...Talbott’s script has some elements that need a little more subtlety, but there are easy ways to fix that."
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W
March 12th, 2017

"Playwright Jeff Talbot’s character portraits are terrific...'The Gravedigger’s Lullaby' features pain, sacrifice, determination and commitment under grim, untenable circumstances, yet its overriding message is one of the persistence of human spirit...Anguish, resolution, and a single moment of joy, all seem authentic. We empathize rather than sympathize...Director Jenn Thompson does a marvelous job of defining her characters, right down to the way they carry themselves."
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