from New York, New York
WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY
I went in knowing nothing about the show, only that Adam Driver was in it, but this has to be the most boring show I have ever seen. There was little to no plot and the acting left much to be desired. There were some comedic moments, but only enough to elicit a surprised laugh from me. Most of them felt very forced. I even saw a guy three seats down from me sleep through the entire show. I am not familiar with Keri Russell, since I've never seen any of her TV shows or movies. Her acting was just grating. It was one note and lifeless, with no inflection in her voice. It was like she was reading off a script in her head. With each line, I could feel my annoyance building. Adam Driver had more range and a lot of energy, but I can't say I enjoyed it even though he was the reason I came to watch the show. I thought I would be star struck by seeing him on stage but it was quite the opposite. Maybe I'm just not used to hearing him yell for 2 hours straight. I did enjoy Brandon Uranowitz's role as Larry. He was the saving grace of the show. Overall, there are other Broadway shows out there better worth your time and money.
Debbie from New York, New York
I agree with those who felt Keri Russell was one-note and unconvincing. There was actually no believable reason to think she and Pale (Adam Driver) would wind up together after their first "we're both grieving, let's comfort each other" bonk. I liked the Larry character but thought Adam Driver's character was funny but lacking in nuance and overplayed.
Pam from Orlando, FL
"DISAPPOINTING" IS BEING KIND
I saw this on March 30, assuming the actors would be mostly settled into their roles and the kinks worked out. Sadly, I don't think you can "fix" what's wrong with this play. Adam Driver excels, no surprise there. The transition from film to theater works for him, and I can't say enough about Brandon Uranowitz as Larry. David Furr plays a really solid Burton. The problem is with Russell. I hate saying anything negative, but it just doesn't work. She is stiff and as another reviewer mentioned, seemed more concerned with her hair and leg positioning than interactions with the cast. There's no spontaneity in either her vocals or movements. The chemistry between her and Driver simply doesn't exist in my opinion. She's a good actress; this performance however, was flat. I can't comment on whether the voices are now carrying well enough, as I was in the 2nd row. If you've seen everything else you'd like to see, it's okay as a filler. Otherwise, no.
from New York, New York
I enjoy Keri Russell, but a 45 year playing a young dancer didn't fly. She has the body type, but didn't have the presence or stamina. Her voice was weird, her actions only focused on pushing her hair off her face, and her emotions communicated so completely dry, the audience was begging to get out of the desert. Adam Driver saved the show! Some small funny bits delivered by the gay roommate- his name not worthy looking for at the moment. If I knew I would be bored to tears- I would never had bought tickets to this long, arduous play. The ONLY redeeming fact to see it, and i would again in the front row- is to see Adam Driver. He delivers!! The rest- a snoozefest!
Beth R. from New York, New York
I was so looking forward to this show, and was so letdown when I finally saw it. I'm a big fan of Keri Russell, so it saddens me to say, she was just plain old dull in this. Adam Driver's performance was the only reason for the extra star in my rating, he was really good, but still not enough to keep me interested. The plot itself was boring, I kept waiting for that big moment where there was somewhat of a twist, but it never came. Not to mention, I felt no chemistry between the two leads. I may be in the minority because I heard others gushing about it after the show was over, but my friends who I attended with all felt the same as I did.
Suzanne from Arlington
Not sure why this 80s throw back merits a Broadway revival, except to capitalize on the star power of the two leads. In this age of mindfulness and meditation, does anyone want to burn like a gem like flame anymore? There are two problems with the text. One, the character being mourned throughout the play is a cipher. We are told Robbie was a great dancer with a lot of drive, but given little else. Since he is so lightly sketched, I found it difficult to buy into the immense grief emanating from the stage. especially at the beginning. It might have been helpful to have a poster of him somewhere or even some kind of video, to make him more palpable. Not sure. The other problem is that Wilson doesn't seem to understand Anna is his main character, not Pale. She is the one facing life changing decisions, but she is thinly written. We are told she had a protective upbringing in the Chicago suburbs. At one pt. she complains (confusingly) that she has never had a private life. But exactly what, pray tell, is driving her into the arms of the offensive and abusive Pale? The critic at the Daily News mentioned the "eroticism of mourning," and I suppose that works as an explanation. In times of grief, we reach for life. But, still, I didn't buy her attraction to Pale for one minute. Maybe I am over analyzing here. There are lots of enjoyable, funny bits . Driver, if a bit over the top, does captivate. And while Russell's mannerisms can annoy, she looks enchanting in very flattering costumes. If you want to see two Tony nominated performances (Driver and Uranowitz) by all means go. (The Hudson is a jewel.) But if you're looking for a meaningful night of theater, I'd say skip it.
Melissa from Bergen county, NJ
I’m a a big Keri Russel fan. Loved Felicity. Loved her in the off broadway play, Fat Pig so that’s why my husband bought me these tickets for my birthday. Adam Driver was just weird. He was channeling Andrew Dice Clay perhaps? Keri Russel was just kind of just whiny most of the time and I usually love her. I blame it on the writing. The story was unimaginative and really boring. No twists no turns, so bland. Can’t believe the good reviews it is getting. Do not waste your money.
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