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From: TimeOut NY | By: Adam Feldman | Date: 07/23/2018

Hammer, in his stage debut, leans on sincerity a bit heavily but radiates charm, which goes a long way. Likability matters here; it helps keep the play's potential didacticism in check. She may poke fun at these guys as they poke at each other, but Lee is not dismissive as she gently squeezes their universe into a foosball and rolls it toward an overwhelming question.


‘Straight White Men’: The Best Play You’ve Ever Seen About Mediocrity

From: New York Observer | By: David Cote | Date: 07/23/2018

So the play works both as a political satire/PC PSA and also as a philosophical study of human limitations. It does both brilliantly because Lee is, in fact, one of our boldest living playwrights, one I rank with Wallace Shawn, Suzan-Lori Parks and Tony Kushner. She's superficially goofier and perhaps less lofty than those canonized worthies, but the thinking drills deep and the writing is superbly executed. For a hard, clinical look at mediocrity, Straight White Men is thrillingly great.


Theater Review: Straight White Men Dares to Be Complicated

From: Vulture | By: Sara Holdren | Date: 07/23/2018

The 90-minute examination of the ingrained dynamics at work amongst an aging father and his three adult sons is, in large part, exactly those things Lee points to as so currently unfashionable: It's nuanced, curious, and compassionate. That's not to say it's comfortable-Lee's sense of mischief and her expert control of tension are still at play-but it is, in its bones, gentle. Those buying tickets hoping for a gleeful evisceration of straight white male privilege, a parodic fuck-you of a play, may be disappointed. Good. Lee is doing something much harder and much more humane.

Young Jean Lee's delicate balance of a play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro with a more sensitive understanding of character than pace, brings together three adult brothers and their widowed dad over a Christmas holiday that will see laughter and tears.


Broadway Review: Armie Hammer in ‘Straight White Men’

From: Variety | By: Marilyn Stasio | Date: 07/23/2018

The re-written version of the play seems to have extended and pumped up the fun and games from the original version that played downtown at the Public under the playwright's own direction. But who would begrudge this super cast a few extra laughs? Charles plays an inspired game of "Privilege" and Hammer is especially fetching rubbing his sore nipples after one of these bro-on-bro matches.


Straight White Men brings Armie Hammer, bro jokes, and harsh truths to Broadway: EW review

From: Entertainment Weekly | By: Nick Maslow | Date: 07/23/2018

Straight White Men might sound like a frat-tastic comedy in the vein of The Hangover, but it's actually a powerful social commentary opening Monday at the Hayes Theatre on Broadway. With the help of a star-studded male ensemble making impressive Broadway debuts - including Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Josh Charles (The Good Wife) - the play examines toxic masculinity and white male privilege while making you disappointed that modern men still haven't harnessed their strength in a positive movement the way women have with feminism.


Review: ‘Straight White Men,’ Now Checking Their Privilege on Broadway

From: New York Times | By: Jesse Green | Date: 07/23/2018

The casting of shiny actors like Mr. Hammer (of "Call Me By Your Name") and Mr. Charles (of "The Good Wife") has the perverse effect - though they are both spot on - of making the play seem mainstream. So does Ms. Shapiro's direction, which is confident and highly polished; even the boys' mortifying, half-remembered rec-room dance routines are snappily choreographed, by Faye Driscoll.


'Straight White Men': Theater Review

From: The Hollywood Reporter | By: Frank Scheck | Date: 07/23/2018

Straight White Men is great fun for much of its running time, but the play falters when it attempts to explore more serious terrain. The playwright doesn't manage to convey successfully what she's trying to say about the expectations that inevitably accompany privilege. The work's ambiguity, deliberate or otherwise, ultimately proves frustrating, especially in its unresolved conclusion.


Review: Armie Hammer and the Quiet Satire of ‘Straight White Men’

From: Daily Beast | By: Tim Teeman | Date: 07/23/2018

However, Lee's wider point about privilege is sharply made. Straight White Men proposes that this privilege does not have to be enacted in a viciously spoken word, or an active and overt act of discrimination or cultural mastery. It can simply be a powerful silent presumption, and in the aimless Matt Straight White Men satirically toys with what the rejection of that presumption may mean.


'Straight White Men' starring Armie Hammer is more lecture than drama: Broadway review

From: | By: Christopher Kelly | Date: 07/23/2018

Young Jean Lee's play "Straight White Men," starring Armie Hammer in his Broadway debut, is a consideration of the experiences of, well, Straight White Men struggling to find their place in these "woke" times. Or at least I think that's what the play is about, since it's impossible to tell whether Lee is lampooning her characters, who have a tendency to wield their privilege even when they're ostensibly trying to surrender it, or if she finds their plights genuinely worthy of empathy.


‘Straight White Men’ Broadway Review: Typecasting Armie Hammer and Josh Charles

From: The Wrap | By: Robert Hofler | Date: 07/23/2018

Like so many 90-minute plays these days, "Straight White Men" is a mildly amusing extended skit. Lee gooses her fragile and very contrived story line by having the men engage in outrageous horseplay. But their dancing, singing, and physical gross-out antics are the kind of theatrics one learns from watching too many episodes of "Two and a Half Men."

There is no character development or plot, besides a handful of guys sitting around on a couch. As their father looks on, the three young men play games (including a retooled version of "Monopoly" created by their mother), joke around (breaking into a parody version of the title song of "Oklahoma!") and strut around in matching pajamas.