The Great Leap
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The Great Leap
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The Great Leap NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(50 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

About the Show

Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee ('The Hatmaker’s Wife') makes her Atlantic debut with this new cross-cultural drama.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (50)

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266 Reviews | 27 Followers
98
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a unique story with unanticipated twists & turns; you want to see BD Wong on stage at his best; you enjoy drama with humor

Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate theaters; you only like musicals; excellent writing doesn't impress you; you're offended by 4 letter words

686 Reviews | 110 Followers
93
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting

See it if BD Wong's tear-jerking act of a man surviving in Communist China decides to take a stand. Explores the love of a sport vs loved ones/family.

Don't see it if Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 / Communist China in the 70s/80 are triggering. Can't stand profanity. Read more

665 Reviews | 125 Followers
92
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if You want to see an incredibly well balanced cast of amazing actors.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that deals with basketball and more importantly the crazy history of a communist country Read more

87 Reviews | 10 Followers
90
Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You have a strong interest in modern Chinese history' like BD Wong

Don't see it if You have a real problem when actors voices are unclear Read more

554 Reviews | 285 Followers
90
Highly entertaining, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you enjoy plays dealing with both basketball & an important historical event in China. BD Wong is giving an extraordinary performance.

Don't see it if you don't like plays dealing with historical events or other cultures.

95 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Intense

See it if you like a good story that is well written about recent historic events

Don't see it if you're looking for a fancy production with big scenic design Read more

187 Reviews | 30 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to take a step back in time to 1989 and see the Tiananmen Square protests woven into a human interest story.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Chinese culture.

514 Reviews | 96 Followers
89
Great writing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you are a huge fan of actor B. D. Wong. He is brilliant in this production.

Don't see it if small intimate plays about larger life issues doesn't ring true to you. Read more

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
June 4th, 2018

"Congested tale of two countries...Ambitiously straddles several well-worn narrative forms, and not without strain. The play is replete with the clichés of sports underdog nail-biters, angry-young-teen stories and roads-not-taken dramas of middle-age regret...But Ms. Magar keeps the more conventional machinery of “The Great Leap” moving at a well-oiled pace. And the performances are smooth and credible, even when the plot is not."
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Time Out New York
June 5th, 2018

"'The Great Leap' can feel hasty and overstuffed; there’s a whole prestige-TV season’s worth of big reveals crammed into her two hours. Yee's writing for Manford and his cousin Connie shows its expository effort, and her last-minute repurposing of real-world heroism is unintentionally offensive. Yet there’s a lot to applaud here. Yee knows how to make her characters seem like real people and Taibi Magar’s precise production has visual flair."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 4th, 2018

"Smart, feisty, highly enjoyable...Here in Magar’s swift, punchy staging, anchored by four excellent performances, we feel the kind of up-and-down-the-court rush Yee is striving for...They don’t illustrate the game — rather, they help us imagine its stakes, its dangers, its magic...If 'The Great Leap' is a touch Hollywood-ish in its narrative neatness, it’s still an exhilarating, deeply satisfying piece of work, powered by gutsy performances and full of bright, inquisitive, humorous life."
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BroadwayWorld
June 10th, 2018

"Its kicker of a finish...is both surprising and makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, despite a fine company and a story with some spark to it, getting to that terrific ending is a bit of a trudge...At its best when comparing the two cultures' contrasting styles of play to their contrasting styles of life. But Yee's story seems too large and action-packed to be satisfactorily told in a four-character play. Too much is described rather than seen, which saps the piece of potential excitement."
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Lighting & Sound America
June 5th, 2018

“Magar, has handled her cast of newcomers and old pros deftly...Engaging as it is, ‘The Great Leap’ runs into trouble in its later passages, as things get increasingly tangled in the wildest coincidences...Still, the cast and dialogue are usually lively, and Wong gives one of the first notable performances of the new season. His quietly focused, witty, and often moving depiction of this complex character provides plenty of evidence that this fine actor still has plenty of game.”
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Talkin' Broadway
June 4th, 2018

“Yee draws some interesting parallels between sports and politics even though she's guilty of falling back on clumsy contrivances to advance her plotting...The absence of actual basketball playing isn't necessarily a problem—until it is. Magar keeps the action moving and her superb cast in motion...Despite its flaws, it's gratifying to see an innovative play hold up a mirror to sports and finds politics and our shared humanity reflected back.”
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New York Stage Review
June 8th, 2018

“Thrilling basketball action with only one player, no basket, and barely a Spalding in site...Yee is in thorough control. She manages to mix the sweep of the Chinese and American dynamics, the humor of her borscht-belt-like Ugly American, and the harsh-but-tender family drama. And basketball...The performance of the evening, though, comes from Wong...I don’t know that I’ve seen him give such an affecting performance since ‘M. Butterfly.'”
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CurtainUp
June 4th, 2018

"A moving, thoughtful story about parents, children, friendship, and love...It's a well-constructed plot in a well-conceived play. But the production really works because of its characters and the exceptional acting which brings them to life...For a 'basketball play,' there are a few odd times where the production seems curiously static. But these missteps are few and far between. For the most part, Yee's play is compelling and powerful, with performances (especially Wong's) to match."
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