Making its North American premiere, this National Theatre production traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single immigrant family. Directed by Sam Mendes. More…
From the arrival of three brothers from Bavaria to America in search of a new life to the collapse of the firm they established, triggering the largest financial crisis in history, the story of the Lehman Brothers serves as a parable of the shifting definition of the American dream. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles reprise their portrayals of the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons spanning nearly two centuries and told in three parts on a single evening.
See it if you're fascinated by immigrant stories. A doozy of Amer rags-to-riches. Avant garde staging. Fast pace. Many chars. Sweep of 150+ years.
Don't see it if you want a point to the 3 1/2 hours; TLB is just stylish storytelling. Or if you dislike men posing as women/yg kids. Or if boxes bore you.
See it if You want to learn about the Lehman Bros history. OK performances of robotic material. Their story is very interesting. The script is not.
Don't see it if Passionless reciting of a Wikipedia entry. Very little dialogue. 3hr45min
See it if You enjoy history & intersted in seeing an informative documentary style show. 90% of the text is narration, not dialog.
Don't see it if You prefer shows that SHOW you a scene rather than TELL you. It feels like an audiobook or reading of a wiki page not a play.
See it if You enjoy masterful storytelling. Phenomenal staging that only serves the story, never upstaging it. Projections and lighting stunning!
Don't see it if It’s long. Three and a half hours but it’s so incredible I wouldn’t let that stop you. This really is a must see.
See it if A creatively staged work with riveting performances. Long but engaging. I learned a lot. Lots of NYC history.
Don't see it if You can’t hang for 3 hr 20 min. You don’t like non-fiction pieces.
See it if Very well staged and good acting. The story of the Lehman family. Told mostly in third person and done very creatively.
Don't see it if If you do not want to see a play that is long. Three and a half hours long. A play spoken in third person.
See it if Contrast of vitality & mortality; tradition & modernization. More than the ledger went bankrupt. Breathtaking staging, wonderful acting.
Don't see it if You don’t want a 3.5+ hour experience. You aren’t interested in a nonfiction jewish immigrant story, questioning the idea of America.
See it if u want to see truly great storytelling; u want to see an epic tale of extravagance staged w/the utmost economy; to see masterful acting.
Don't see it if u don't appreciate the art of stagecraft; u were burned by the 2008 crash/Lehman Bros bankruptcy & don't want reminders of your misfortune.
See it if you'd like to experience a thrilling hi-tech cautionary tale about unbridled capitalism as seen by tracking 1 family & its business.
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional drama, with stable characters & dialog among them.
See it if you enjoy gripping, historical plays expertly directed & acted, linear plot, actors playing multiple roles, clever set & projections
Don't see it if 3 hours, 15 min. is too long for you, no interest in Lehman Brothers or immigration, have bad recession memories, hate corporate America
See it if you're willing to take the ride of a super slow burn that requires a lot of patience before a really rewarding payoff.
Don't see it if you want histrionics or traditional spectacle. The spectacle here is the spectacular way this super slow pace ends up feeling like a whirl.
See it if extraordinary theater appeals. Three men doubling & trippling by just changing posture. A glass box stage seemingly floats on water or fire
Don't see it if you cannot climb the 2 flights of stairs to the top of the bleachers or are unable to spend serious money for the lower front seats.
See it if Grand sweep origin American epic of Lehman immigrants assimilating from the ascent up to the capitalist clean-up collapse of 2008. Top trio.
Don't see it if Three actors playing 3 bros portraying 70 characters w/o wardrobe on a confined set is distancing/confusing. Overly narrated. Stereotyping.
Also Intimate play in a barn.
See it if you're interested in the history behind the rise/fall of the Lehman Bros; enjoy exquisite acting, direction, sets, lighting, visuals, etc.
Don't see it if no interest in an immigrant family's passion to succeed; no appreciation for 3 glorious actors playing dozens of roles; 3.5 hrs too long.
See it if You enjoy plays that are set as storytelling rather than multiple actions. You have interest in the makings of the stock market + Lehmans.
Don't see it if You don’t want to invest a long evening watching a fascinating but very serious play. The evening began at 7:30 and ended at 10:50.
See it if you're interested in historical stories. This play charts the rise & fall of the Lehman family. Superb performances, direction, set.
Don't see it if you can't sit through 3 hours and 20 minutes—which just fly by. Also, if you are not a fan of serious theatre and exquisite acting.
See it if you want to see three superb actors playing multiple roles in an inventive production of a play about family and finance over 3 generations
Don't see it if you find sitting for 3 1/2 hours challenging or if you dislike plays that rely heavily on third-person narration.
See it if you want great actors doing a relevant play in a gorgeous theatre, on a magnificent set.Topic doesn't really interest me, but this was great
Don't see it if you want a frothy musical.This is brilliant on every level. Every element was perfect-acting,lighting,set,direction.Do not miss this one.
See it if story of immigrant Jewish brothers & their descendants, traditions & struggles; history & econ. primer of financial markets that isn't dry
Don't see it if don't like unusual (but very effective) staging, actors that play more than one role (including some brief side parts); 3 hrs 20 minutes*
See it if you like beautiful writing, excellent acting. Staging unique, true story of Lehman Brothers. Acts I & II mesmerizing, ActIII a bit confusing
Don't see it if you don't like long plays..three and a half hours, very wordy & must listen to every word to follow story, three men play multiple roles.
See it if you want to lose yourself in a haunting, intelligent, and stunningly-performed family legacy that leads you through the nation’s history.
Don't see it if grand, sweeping, family stories told in poetic, hypnotizing narration by 3 actors playing all roles won’t hold your attention for 3+ hours.
See it if You want to experience an epic master class in acting and storytelling with 3 flawless performers tracing a notable family story
Don't see it if You want flashy costumes or musical numbers or don't really care about the background of modern banking
See it if great acting and an absorbing 3 hour+ story that goes by quickly. learned a lot historically and also how families change over time
Don't see it if want fluff, then this is not for you. one needs to be present at the production especially and three actors portray multiple characters
See it if Masterful storytelling about generations of Lehman Bros. Terrific performances by the three leads. Great staging in a rotating glass box.
Don't see it if You don't have any interest in the subject matter. The play is 200 minutes including two intermissions,but holds your interest and attention
See it if You have interest in the financial history of "the American dream" or you are interested in a theater piece that narrates the same.
Don't see it if you are looking for dialogue, interaction, emotional involvement, character depth, or any other aspects that form great plays.