Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

The Shadow Box

From 41 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant

About the show

Michael Cristofer’s Tony-winning play looks into the deep personal impact of terminal illness among three families who must face the inevitable. More…

Over the course of twenty-four hours, they will struggle through their own journeys towards self-acceptance.

But in the end, there must always be hope.

Not seen in New York in 25 years, Cristofer’s powerful portrayal of human struggles remains timely and still echoes the contemporary issues we face today, most especially in our current conversations on healthcare.

2h 20m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (41)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Resonant
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Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a show that takes a good honest look at death and dying and how it effects not only the person dying but those around him.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a light fluffy show. This is a well written unflinching look at some of the deep dark questions faced by those involved.

Also Not as well acted as it was well written.

Intense, Overrated, Riveting, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if A very serious play about terminal illness, death and dispear. Morbid but some good plot lines.

Don't see it if If a serious subject about terminal illness and dying not a gre as t set, acting questionable.

A few good performances, Occasional insights, Clunky, Dated, Scattered

See it if you like earnest plays with large casts that deal with life-&-death subjects, even if less than elegant in construction.

Don't see it if you need more from a play than sporadic insights into the human condition.

Also “The Shadow Box” deals with 3 people with terminal medical conditions ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like serious theater about dying and how affects both the individual and those close to him/her. Ambitious work by the cast on nice set.

Don't see it if you are triggered by pain and suffering or terminal illness. A bit quirky in the rotating of the stories that requires constant attention.

Significant subject, Thought-provoking, Funny, Great script

See it if gut wrenching drama with humor that explores the nature of the human condition excites you. Three hospice occupants living their life's end

Don't see it if inconsistent performances distract you. The script helps to sustain the uneven work, but there are still weak moments.

Slow, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Pre-AIDS overlapping end-of-life triptych revival.From death &dying cottages,the affected vent:"We've done enough thinking; can't we dance?"

Don't see it if Great performances blow off the dirge dust."The universe isn't a syllogism, it's a miracle/Nobody wants to hear about it, even the doctors"

Also "Don't hurt him with your hope/There must've been a time when I loved ... Read more Read less

It should have made me cry but it didn’t

See it if you want to see an old classic play that won a lot of awards a long time ago in a small theater

Don't see it if You are expecting a New York City quality show

Also A few minutes before I got to the theater I found out one of my favori... Read more Read less

Slow, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Good acting

See it if you want a serious play about terminal illness, death and despair; quite morbid and gloomy

Don't see it if you are not in the mood for this type of material; prefer light comedy/drama or musicals

Intense, Intelligent, Always relevant, At times gorgeous delivery, Beautiful passages

See it if you didnt have the privilege to see it in its debut. These characters are still very believable. Interesting casting choices felt natural.

Don't see it if Death and dying are triggers for you. If you are bothered by some clumsy acting choices. I disliked the set and found it ineffective, ugly

Resonant, Must see, Solid acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see why this play won both a Pulitzer and a Tony. Not Broadway quality but still exceptional.

Don't see it if dealing with approaching the approaching death of cancer patients and its effect on the patient and their family is not tolerable to you

Also Brilliant writing and set in the small Gene Frankel Theater. Solid act... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a play about letting go. You want to see some great performers dealing with a serious matter.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with seeing a performance about letting go of a loved one.

Over-long monologues, Dated, Slow

See it if you'd enjoy 3 perspectives on impending death. This '77 show felt very dated and the interactions didn't deliver the punch I expected.

Don't see it if you want a contemporary examination of the impacts of losing a loved one too soon. Act I takes too long to setup each universe, and the...

Also long monologues/soliloquies in Act II left me wanting.... Read more Read less

Profound, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Heartbreaking

See it if you want to experience the perspectives and relationships of three different personalities in end or near end stages of terminal illnesses

Don't see it if you cannot tolerate the emotional stress of graphic descriptions of end stage illness and desperate attempts to hang on to vitality/love

Also Despite occasional missed or messed lines, the acting quality is consi... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an moving experience about death & dying.

Don't see it if Because the show is a bit too long & needs tightening up. However this show has great potential.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you'll appreciate a mostly well-acted play dealing with the human reluctance to accept our mortality & that of those we love

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid acknowledging that all of us will die & will dislike a play which focuses on death; would rather see something lighter.

Also Back in the day, this play won both the Pulitzer and the Tony. I think... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like intimate theater about the serious subject of dying honestly portrayed from different points of view

Don't see it if . Its not an easy night out but it does touch on how complicated dealing with it is both for the dying , and caregivers left behind

Resonant, Well-acted, Sad, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-acted story of three terminal patients and their loved ones. It's a sad story but a powerful one.

Don't see it if you want consistent, lighthearted entertainment. This is a serious, somber show that is a bit slow in places but overall is well-done.

Absorbing, Slow, Intense, Confusing, Riveting

See it if you want to see a very serious, but gloomy show about terminal illnesses.

Don't see it if topics of death and terminal illness upset you

Also A noble attempt to cover the topic of terminal illness, but a bit conf... Read more Read less

Profound, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are not afraid to think about death and the lessons we can learn from those close to death.

Don't see it if You prefer fluff.

Also The acting was mostly good although some of the casting choices were o... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This theater company does a great job at bringing back old plays to the stage. This does not disappoint.

Don't see it if It's kind of long at 21/2 hours.

Heartbreaking and heartwarming, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Magnificent work of the whole cast, especially Nicole Marone, Nicole Greevy. Play about health, hope and desperate will to live and to love

Don't see it if Terminally ill relatives and loved one; prefer sick people not to be funny

Also Hot theatre, need AC on sometimes

Dated, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a revival of a Pulitzer Prized play dealing with the seriousness of terminal condition.

Don't see it if you want a happy evening or don't want to deal with serious health issues. Or can forgive some well meaning but not great acting in parts.

Also I'm not a fan of this play and the first act has some setup/Act I issu... Read more Read less

Relevant, Clever, Edgy

See it if Interesting remake of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama. The play involves the personal impact of terminal illness facing three

Don't see it if Families. This play is not for everybody dealing with difficult subject matters. Good acting, with all three troubled families alternating

Also Their stories. The play ran about 2 hours and 20 minutes with one inte... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in life death issues in 8 people’s lives. A fascinating concept to share stories with a voice questioning. Editing needed

Don't see it if You don’t want to think about end of life issues or people sharing personal feelings and stories. It covers a lot of ground.

Well performed by a talented cast of character actors, Characters as written have not aged well, Seems to speak to those old enough to have been adults in the 70s., A 1977 play whose context is out of focus with today’s modern society

See it if You like revivals of 40+ year-old plays that deal with death with characters who are not particularly easy to like or feel compassion for.

Don't see it if Death is not a topic you wish to be entertained by.

Also This play was written in 1977. And the characters & their stories are ... Read more Read less

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