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.
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)
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).
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!