Already closed | 1h 40m | West Village

The Way West

From 28 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing

About the show

Labyrinth Theater Company presents a new comedy about a modern-day, falling-apart California town, where Mom shares death-defying tales of pioneer crossings as she waits for her bankruptcy to come through. More…

Mom has entered a new chapter in her life: Chapter 11.. She’s filing for bankruptcy, her health could be better, and she should probably stop driving. Mom can't stop her spending money…or borrowing money…or loaning money...or generally digging herself deeper and deeper into bankruptcy. When her daughters decide to stage a financial intervention, things look like they’re getting better. Until they don’t.

1h 40m | Already closed | Bank Street Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (28)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Absorbing
73
Avg Score

75
Thought-provoking, Funny, Moving, Great acting

See it if funny and poignant. True and whimsical. Great acting all around. Entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like small shows.

74
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You like stories about mothers & daughters and themes about surviving financially. The performances are good and the story is entertaining

Don't see it if You don't like small/intimate shows or shows w/ mostly women. I was fully engaged but didn't care for the monologues that broke the 4th wall

66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of Diedre O'Connell who delivers, you suffered from the great recession and want company, want to support women writers

Don't see it if one-joke plays or predictable formats don't appeal to you, you expect character growth, you were expecting a comedy, you hate obstinacy

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if you can laugh through your tears. This is an American Mother Courage. Deirdre O'Connell sings and tells stories while her world falls apart.

Don't see it if you cannot sit for almost 2 hours without an intermission.

66
Clever, Great acting

See it if because you should see everything at this theater. They always do great shows, this one was good.

Don't see it if or go to this theater if you want to see edgy stuff. The acting was good, some fat could have been trimmed off the script.

82
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if like great acting. Diedre OConnell is breathtaking. She is spot on. Set is terrific. Directing is excellent. Parts are a bit overwritten

Don't see it if you are looking for family fun

82
Different, Great acting, Quirky, Original, Funny

See it if A refreshing and quirky story of a mom facing bankruptcy and her avoidance of reality; wonderful, endearing performance by Deirdre O'Connell

Don't see it if It goes on a bit too long and fizzles out without a satisfying ending, but mostly I was entertained. O'Connell knows how to spin a yarn.

69
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like dierdre o'connell. Good performances from the actors all around. Point of the piece seems unclear - and/or not enough.

Don't see it if You aren't patient

75
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if You like stories of real people facing real challenges

Don't see it if you want a happy ending

85
Great acting, Funny, And sad

See it if Like outstanding performance by Deirdre O'connell or as we know her as Didi. As well as the other females cast members.

Don't see it if if you do not like off broadway theater.

100
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You like original clever new work with great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters

70
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy off beat, naturalistic humor. Deirdre O'Connell's performance is simply amazing.

Don't see it if You bore easily. It lags a bit, at times, and seemed a couple of scenes too long for a "one act". It dies in the end with no resolve.

74
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Diedre O'Connel. Great acting. Interesting premise.

Don't see it if you don't like workshop productions. Needs work and re-writes.

52
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you love being bored by banal characters with nothing to say

Don't see it if you want to wash the cat

42
Slow, Quirky, Overrated, Boring, Strange

See it if You like strange scenarios and are open minded to whatever may be. Very slow moving subject and story.

Don't see it if You like simple story lines

65
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like Deirdre O'Connell.

Don't see it if you want something original.

80
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Watching Deirdre O'Connell weave her magic is enough for you. It is for me.

Don't see it if You don't have and affinity for DiDi.

79
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if Family relationships and struggles resonates within your own life.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span.

95
Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Original, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love new theater and great Acting all around.

Don't see it if You are looking for fluff.

During previews
75
Bleak, Vigorous, Great acting, Engaging, Powerful

See it if you don't want to miss Deirdre O'Connell. She's amazing as always.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that (while full of life) is super bleak.

During previews
5
Heartless, Inept, Disappointing, Needs rewriting, Excruciating

See it if you want to see another fine performance by Deirdre O'Connell. Otherwise, skip this lackluster production.

Don't see it if you want more than just a first workshop production.

During previews
76
There's the germ of an idea here but needs further development, Excellent cast, Trails off at the end and leaves you wondering what to think

See it if You enjoy good acting.

Don't see it if You like a fully developed storyline.

During previews
85
The mom character is so endearing-- i just wanted to hug her, Great acting, Original, Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if Its a family dynamics and delusion story. There are elements that can feel a little "Lifetime" movie-ish, but I was completely invested

Don't see it if You are not into really intimate productions. I sat in the front row and felt like I was truly sitting in the family 70's decor living room.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Resonant, Funny

See it if you would enjoy an intimate [tiny theater] exploration of family and loss, performed by some extraordinary actors, O'Connell is masterful.

Don't see it if you lack the patience for a drama, though a funny one, about a stressed family living amid their own delusions.

During previews
80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if u want to ponder the myth of the American West in our era & relatedly the power of faith/ambition/self-delusion in forging on in tough times

Don't see it if you couldn't empathize w/ characters who use avoidance & fantasy as coping strategies as the global economy, and their household's, crumbles


March 17th, 2016
"Ms. Mansour’s dialogue can be bleakly funny...While the dialogue often has a comic crackle, the characters’ fecklessness is less charmingly kooky than exasperating...Under the direction of Mimi O’Donnell, O’Connell displays an earthy good humor that partly makes up for her tedious forays into a ...
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March 19th, 2016
"When the production itself becomes unsteady the play turns clunky and mean-spirited. But Mansour's sympathy for her central character and one casually wonderful performance mean that 'The Way West' occasionally lives up to the playwright's own ambitions…O'Connell is indispensable—a sympathetic t...
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March 16th, 2016
"With this challenging, important new play, Mansour holds a mirror up to America: where we've been and where we might be going...One of the most watchable actors in New York, O'Connell gives a typically memorable performance...You are likely to leave 'The Way West' feeling deeply ambivalent. Mans...
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March 18th, 2016
"'The Way West' suffers from a certain monotonousness--things just keep getting worse--that undermines one's interest in the characters. Watching them repeatedly screw up, it becomes increasingly difficult to care what happens to them...Mimi O'Donnell's direction can't bring urgency or a rooting ...
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