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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#1
Posted: 1/15/20 at 10:48pm

Given the show opened tonight, I figured we should have a central location to share the professional reviews.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#2
Posted: 1/16/20 at 12:18am
No one seems to care about this one. I am absolutely surprised at how good the reviews have been, given the limited feedback on this board...’the most boring thing I have ever seen’, etc. since I am a huge Laura Linney fan, I am halal that her reviews have been strong.
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#3
Posted: 1/16/20 at 7:05am
"Noel [Coward] and I were in Paris once. Adjoining rooms, of course. One night, I felt mischievous, so I knocked on Noel's door, and he asked, 'Who is it?' I lowered my voice and said 'Hotel detective. Have you got a gentleman in your room?' He answered, 'Just a minute, I'll ask him.'" (Beatrice Lillie)
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#4
Posted: 1/16/20 at 10:11am

At this point I almost don't want her to get a Tony nom just to lose another time LOL

 

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#5
Posted: 1/16/20 at 9:32pm

The New York Times is pretty much a rave review, and a bouquet of roses for Laura Linney.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/theater/my-name-is-lucy-barton-review.html

I, for one, would love to see her finally get the NY theater recognition she's deserved for two decades.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#7
Posted: 1/20/20 at 9:35am

I'm really surprised how well this is selling.  Was holding out for TDF, but never appeared to my knowledge.  Went to get a ticket and hard to find decent seats.  Ended up buying a mid-level mezz for its current closing night - house manager indicated it might extend one week.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#8
Posted: 1/20/20 at 1:38pm

Anshel2 said: "I'm really surprised how well this is selling. Was holding out for TDF, but never appeared to my knowledge. Went to get a ticket and hard to find decent seats. Ended up buying a mid-level mezz for its current closing night - house manager indicated it might extend one week."

I'm surprised as well. I can't imagine it will.appear on tdf but hope I'm wrong

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#9
Posted: 1/20/20 at 2:30pm

Mr. Musto, I read your review in which you described solo plays as often having "contrivances." What does that word mean in a theatrical context?

Anybody can answer this for me, by the by.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#10
Posted: 1/23/20 at 5:12pm

I too was hoping that this would show up on TDF but no such luck.  I finally bit the bullet today and purchased a seat for late February in the mezzanine.  There's not much left.  It is sickening that they have premium $299 weeknight seats in row P and Q.  

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#11
Posted: 1/23/20 at 5:38pm
I caught this the other night and thought it was dreadful. A waste of time and Laura Linney’s talent. A total snoozefest.

I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, unless you love overly saccharine Lifetime/Hallmark movies or find rhapsodic descriptions of fields and sunlight profound.
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#12
Posted: 1/23/20 at 7:31pm

ColorTheHours048 said: "I caught this the other night and thought it was dreadful. A waste of time and Laura Linney’s talent. A total snoozefest.

I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, unless you love overly saccharine Lifetime/Hallmark movies or find rhapsodic descriptions of fields and sunlight profound.
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AGREED. Easily one of the biggest let downs of the season so far.

"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#13
Posted: 1/23/20 at 9:38pm

The BroadwayWorld roundup wasn't updated to include the negative reviews from New York Magazine and The New Yorker.  Here are the links to those reviews:

https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/theater-review-my-name-is-lucy-barton.html

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/01/27/exploring-family-trauma-in-my-name-is-lucy-barton

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#14
Posted: 1/23/20 at 10:01pm

I completely agree with the negative reviews above.  As awful as this is, this is the first broadway show I actually fell asleep in (yes, I'm very embarrassed of it).  It was just so boring.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#15
Posted: 1/24/20 at 1:11am
That's too bad. Well, I guess at least I shouldn't be as disappointed that I can't seem to click quickly enough to catch rush tickets. I swear though, I have tried multiple times and click right at 10:00 and they're always sold out immediately
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#16
Posted: 1/24/20 at 8:18am
Seeing this on Friday and just dreading it at this point haha I love Linney though and would see her in anything.
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#17
Posted: 1/24/20 at 11:07am
I adore Laura Linney, but even watching Broadway.com’s “Show Clips” from this bored the hell out of me.
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#18
Posted: 1/24/20 at 11:40am

I actually was incredibly moved by the play, moreso than I expected. Linney's performance is marvelous, as always. I had read the book last year and enjoyed it, but I think this hit me at a really sensitive and appropriate point in my life, as I am leaning VERY heavily on my mother at the moment. I was in tears leaving the theater and on my way home, and actually sent Linney a gushing fan letter, thanking her for sharing this performance and story with us. 

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#19
Posted: 1/24/20 at 12:17pm
I would pay to see Laura Linney read the phone book for 90 minutes so I was going to see this regardless. While it was a pleasure watching her command the stage and there were some meaningful and poignant underlying messages, I felt my mind wandering frequently during the stories and frankly, the whole narrative just wasn't that compelling.
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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#20
Posted: 1/31/20 at 10:12am

This play was kinda all over the place to me. There were some moments of brilliance, but it didn't add up to much to me. Linney was marvelous given the material, but there were a lot of threads I feel were not tied up. Plus, when you throw in a 9/11 analogy within the last 10 minutes... like, why add more? There's plenty to work with already.

Almost entirely unrelated, but the coughing last night in the theater was outrageous. Full, lungs about to fall out, constant coughing from everywhere in the theater. It really took me out of the headspace. I'm convinced that everyone at the Friedman last night now has Coronavirus -- myself included. So if I don't post for a while, I've been quarantined.

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My Name Is Lucy Barton - Reviews#21
Posted: 2/15/20 at 11:11pm
Saw today. I kept thinking that Linney was not the actress for this (I adore her BTW). Someone like a younger Kathleen Chalfant or Christine Ebersole. Edgier.