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To Life

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant

About the show

The Rosen family, battered and blessed, celebrates life as their hearts lie gasping on the floor. More…

From the show:

Backs are turned and accusations hurled as the Rosens come together and fall apart, bound by heartbreak and humor. Nobody escapes a good kick in the tuchas as the family exposes their foibles, confronts their fears, and clings to their fragile connection amidst the chaos. The story is both elegy and eulogy to the death of a family and reminds us that we’re not alone. 


Member Reviews (20)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Resonant
77
Avg Score

70
Intense, Slow, Disappointing

See it if The Rosens are in tumult when gathered for life support:Two members ailing, daughters resenting, and father sexually and physically abusing.

Don't see it if How did they all even make it to Act II? Better writing and acting would support the weight of all these dysfunctions packed together.(2hrs)

Also "L'chaim(to life)! I thought all of this would bring us closer/Closer ... Read more Read less

88
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great cast (Mom has been on Broadway before). Poignant tale of son stricken w/cancer in hospital bed. Family dynamics. Remember good times.

Don't see it if You don't like sad stories. You don't like feeling emotions. You don't like well-acted dramas (2 hours 15 min).

80
Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Strong acting during this family drama. 1st act is much better than 2nd act.

Don't see it if The topic of illness and death make you feel uncomfortable.

75
Upsetting, Cliched, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like family dramas, you can deal with addiction, abuse, coverups, secrets, and general nastiness

Don't see it if you are upset by miserable unsupportive people

Also I certainly wasn't bored but I think the play ran on too long. The fin... Read more Read less

78
Banal, Indulgent, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want a family crisid being played oit in a hospital room .Starts promising before sizzling out...good talent in the cast.

Don't see it if You get bored of having children blame thier parents for the ills in their lives...

78
Great acting, Dizzying, Quirky, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a heavy drama concerning a dysfunctional Jewish family centering around themes of incest and illness.

Don't see it if You want something lighter and with a happy ending.

Also Very heavy themes, probably too many for one play. I would say this ha... Read more Read less

70
Slow, Resonant, Intense

See it if you want to see a (mostly) naturalistic play about family dysfunction.

Don't see it if you'd find a play that has cancer, child abuse, sexism, and misogyny overwhelming or overwrought.

Also The family's problems are exposed early on, so this isn't a play that ... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You enjoy theater that makes you think and question.

Don't see it if If you are uneasy with plays dealing with inappropriate behavior between family members.

80
Profound, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if 5 members of a Jewish family show their vulnerabilities while visiting a sick son/bro@a hosp ward. All cast is talented esp J.Merino/father.

Don't see it if The story is very intense. If you are familiar with the play 'Dust', you will appreciate 'To Life' BUT preferably do not see them close

Also to each other.Both are worth seeing ,yet,... Read more Read less

70
Intense, Disappointing, Indulgent, Great acting, Sad

See it if You are interested in getting an inside view of an extremely dysfunctional and physically ill family as they lose the functional member

Don't see it if If you want to feel happy or hopeful. It focuses on terminal illness and sexual abuse/incest. It is heavy and sad

68
Intense, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in the effects of child sexual abuse and in watching some very dysfunctional people

Don't see it if You like lighter fare; even when you like heavy drama you like likeable characters

Also I saw God Said This less than a year ago which has many similar themes... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like family drama. The acting is fantastic! Very strong writing.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a comedy. This play is not for the faint of heart!

76
Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy family dramas with intense plot lines.

Don't see it if If you want to see an upbeat, non heavy show, or musical.

72
Slow, Disappointing, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like family dramas about illness and death with dysfunctional characters or good acting is enough.

Don't see it if you like light entertainment with some humor.

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if ...you enjoy drama/dark comedy about family, illness, death.

Don't see it if ...you want something upbeat, cheerful, or a neat happy ending.

90
Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You like well written, well-acted powerful work that gives a real emotional pull towards the characters

Don't see it if You react too negatively viewing realistic stories about families affected by abuse and cancer

100
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Enjoy relevant stories which deal with real life. With passion, humor, real life challenges which need to be brought to light

Don't see it if Looking only for comedy or a musical

89
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy naturalistic acting, dark dramedies, or want to see a new and thought-provoking take on the dysfunctional family.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a raunchy, belly laugh comedy. there are comedic moments in the play, but it is not a comedy.

Also The story follows a Jewish family that comes together at the bedside o... Read more Read less

90
Profound

See it if Great cast! the characters truly bring the play TO LIFE! We get to feel, share their emotions

Don't see it if Yes, there is some humor, but if you are looking for a comedy that may not be it.

90
Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to witness a nuanced depiction of the effects of abuse within a family, the role of enablers, and the permanent damage it inflicts.

Don't see it if You are interested in a fun-filled farce for the whole family!


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