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.
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.
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.
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.
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%
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.