The new Lindsay-Abaire play opened on Broadway and at first it looked like a disaster. The Hollywood Reporter and New York Daily News both mentioned "TV movie" to indicate how banal they thought this drama about parents (Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery) dealing with loss truly was. The New York Post wasn't any nicer: "It's as though Dr. Phil had decided to write a feel-better play." Even Theatremania says the play is akin to TV drama (which is meant as an insult) and the solid, stolid novels of Anita Shreve.
But USA Today was polite (3 out of 4 stars), Variety calls it a revelation...and then there's the only review that matters: The New York Times. Their verdict? Well, they admit it never quite rises to the level of greatness, but say it's beautifully observed, makes audiences weep and features "some of the most revealingly nuanced acting to be seen on a stage or screen this year." It's a hit!