Already closed | 2h 15m | East Village

The Poor of New York

From 51 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Delightful

About the show

Metropolitan Playhouse presents a revival of this mid-19th century melodrama, which offers a trenchant challenge to an ethos of "winning" at all costs and exposes the bitter conflicts inherent in income inequality. More…

In a desperate bid to save his own family from the financial Panic of 1837, banker Gideon Bloodgood seizes the fortune of a dying sea captain. Twenty years on, when another crisis hits the markets, Bloodgood is among the wealthy New Yorkers who have learned to prosper off others' losses. But as he grows richer, the captain's family sinks deeper into poverty, as do a wealthy heir, a wily thief, and the immigrant family who tie them all together. Will an unexpected hero be able to save them all from their private torments? Only if he survives a spectacular tenement fire.

2h 15m | Already closed | Metropolitan Playhouse (East Village)

Member Reviews (51)


Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Delightful
Avg Score

Uneven acting abilities, Interesting historically, Maudlin, Victorian revival, Absorbing

See it if you're curious abt Victn popular taste. Script has crazy coincidences, changeable chars, expositn speeches. Still, fascinating period piece.

Don't see it if you're put off by uneven acting. Or by weird "insights" (newly poor are more to be pitied?) For happy endings, you've come to the rt place.

Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Very good acting and clever direction and staging. Metropolitan playhouse did a great job.

Don't see it if If you want a lighter musical or grander production.

Melodramatic, Funny, Dated, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if 1850's NY comes alive with a villainous banker, his spoiled daughter, a scoundrel-turned-hero, & poor suffering salt-of-the-earth families.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a cliched but fun "evil rich" vs. "good poor" morality play. The audience was hissing at the villain by the end.

Also The intimate layout of the Metropolitan Playhouse brings out wonderful... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Resonant, Indulgent, Great staging

See it if Roe's dynamo staging of dated mid-19th century melodrama is a huge accomplishment both in physical production & period stylings A MP triumph

Don't see it if While Boucicault's theatrical style is out of fashion, his social justice themes are ever relevant; esp how insider trading aids the 1%

Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Spectacular costumes. Arena staging is special for me. The use of the rotating stage works so well. Also

Don't see it if flight of stairs.

Also Written in 1857 and still relevant today. We missed it in Liverpool Du... Read more Read less

Must see, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like an excellent ensemble cast who can act, sing and bring an old play to life in an intimate theatre that providing a great experience

Don't see it if you do not appreciate the many talents on and off stage that fulfill this community theater's mission of presenting historical works.

Also Costumes and choral direction were spectacular.

Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Older play, that is refreshing about subject of yesterday/today, with some comedy.

Don't see it if time period, with some singing

Also The first rows around the stage is close to the actors. Small theater ... Read more Read less

Allegory-like, Melodrama, Great ensemble acting, Great set design

See it if Descriptive narratives and four-part hymns overlay an eight-sided, kaleidoscopic revolve were simple set pieces are used to reenact scenes

Don't see it if With a thin predictable thread of a plot that shows poor honest laborers being exploited by dishonest bankers and traders.

Great staging, Dated, Museum piece, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if interested in drama history, Dickensian situations, want a sense of what 1850s pop culture was all about. Small, charming theater space.

Don't see it if you want a powerful show. This play is so old. Some earnest parts impossible to take seriously (like Livingstone’s stump speech).

Also More interesting as an example of middle class Victorian entertainment... Read more Read less

Great acapella, Dated, Entertaining, High production value

See it if you enjoy large casts in a period piece about economic classes. You enjoy mixed genres - drama, comedy, absurdist, etc - in one show.

Don't see it if you don't like overly long dramedies with dated views of poverty.

Also I left this show with mixed feelings.... Read more Read less

With singing!, Heart breaking heart warming funny, Solid acting, Wonderful staging

See it if A tiny gem of a theater, melodrama from the 1850's, serious, over-serious, A wonderful production that is realistic, not tongue-in-cheek. GO

Don't see it if If you prefer shiny modern spaces, slick plays and dialogue, glitz and glamour, stay away.

Melodrama, Touching, Relevant, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the history of New York City or are curious about a mid-19th century melodrama experience. This one is great!

Don't see it if period costume dramas with some singing aren't your thing.

Also A lovely production of a historic play that resonates today. "Deceptio... Read more Read less

Bad sight lines, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy old fashioned melodramas in which goodness prevails & the villain is punished but treated w/ compassion; excellent ensemble acting

Don't see it if you dislike melodrama/Dickens--the plot & characters are a bit like those in some of his novels;dislike simplified sets; prefer edgier drama

Also I didn't like the play itself as much as "State of the Union," the pri... Read more Read less

Great staging, Enjoyable, Relevant, Entertaining, Melodramatic

See it if You're interested in a somewhat clinched story about nineteenth cent. New Yorkers during a depression. Fun, with a villain you can hissed at

Don't see it if You only like modern plays/don't like small venues. Beautifully produced in a tiny space. Acting isn't perfect, but well worth your time.

Relevant, Wry and witty, Clever, creative staging, Great ensemble acting, Entertaining

See it if you'd like to see a terrifically acted, fast-paced Victorian-era play about money, greed & opportunism, so relevant to our world today

Don't see it if you're looking for modern language, glitter & a mindless plot

Also Brilliant acting, lovely singing of period songs, Fun but makes a bold... Read more Read less

Resonant, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theater. Teresa Kelsey has a beautiful voice and David Rankin is hysterical.

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

Also The entire cast did a great job.


See it if Entertaining melodrama w/some great performances esp Rankin & O'Daly & wonderful singing by Kelsey.Music bits are brief and add to the tone.

Don't see it if You might find it schmaltzy. It's quite long. Some of the actors are definitely not up to the a cappella singing.

Also I always enjoy shows at the Metropolitan. Even when I don't like the p... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Historically interesting, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the history of theatre and like old-fashioned melodrama. It was long but generally engaging.

Don't see it if An old-fashioned melodrama from the 1800s isn't your cup of tea. It is cliched and kind of silly. Interested me as a historical relic.

Well done, Meaningful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want an enjoyable night of theater. The setting is mid 1850's but the subject matter is still relevant - the greedy vs the poor.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces

Also The stage was small but they made it work with clever movement and lig... Read more Read less

Dated, Great singing, Great staging, Clever

See it if You’re into classic plays; efficient scene changing with a rotating platform, while actors sing tunes of the era (the program provides info!

Don't see it if You’re more into new relevant works; you dislike melodramatic acting style; 140min is a bit too long; 3 gender neutral toilets cause traffic

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like older melodramas about deceit and survival with period costuming and a full cast. Hard working and fun performance.

Don't see it if You want complex characters or current topics, while class is always topical this take is a bit maudalin. Don’t like lean staging.

Must see, Romantic, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a great production of a historical drama that takes place in NY during financial crisis in 1830s.Full ofGreed, love,honor

Don't see it if You dont like intimate theater, lots of stage prop changes in front of you (while the play goes on), not a fan of musical or period piece

Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like musicals that also tell a story that is relevant to things going on today.

Don't see it if You just want musicals or comedies that don't deal with serious problems

Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Interesting production of this 1800s play. Great acting, costumes, set and storyline

Don't see it if You prefer something more current or musically oriented

Also First time visiting the Metropolitan Playhouse and really liked the co... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like to see a historical play about money, greed, compassion, friendship that is still relevant today. Clever staging & great acting!

Don't see it if you don't like historical plays which still have meaning today. But you would miss a wonderful performance of the whole cast.

Also Another outstanding performance at the Metropolitan Playhouse. We real... Read more Read less

April 26th, 2019
"An eminently entertaining and well-played production that is filled with hissable villains and honorable but desperately impoverished victims and heroes...As outlandishly as its convoluted, coincidence-strewn plot defies the traditional conventions of play writing, it has a ton of heart...You ar...
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April 30th, 2019
"One of the theater's most skilled 19th-century melodramatists, Boucicault was uninterested in the finer points of history, character development, or narrative objectivity which, of course, is why, as the Metropolitan Playhouse's lively revival of 'The Poor of New York' demonstrates, his works ar...
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April 29th, 2019
"Directed and designed by Alex Roe, this production has been given an inventive staging...Although very dated in style, the play effectively hits its targets. The actors often speak their thoughts to the audience to help move the plot along. As performed by this solid cast, this historical perio...
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April 28th, 2019
"Alex Roe keeps this show tight. Actors move freely and smartly throughout the economical stage with great timing and as such, the musical blends and works beautifully for the entire two hours and 15 minutes...The staging of this show was refreshingly different...All the actors were very strong i...
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