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The Verdict Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Broadway’s Appropriate?

Sarah Paulson stars in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Broadway playwriting debut.

Michael Esper, Corey Stoll, and Sarah Paulson in Appropriate Joan Marcus

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate opened on Broadway at the Hayes Theater via Second Stage December 18, and the reviews are rolling in. The production previously began previews November 29.

The production stars Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner Sarah Paulson as Toni, Corey Stoll (House of Cards, Billions) as Bo, Natalie Gold (Succession) as Rachael, Elle Fanning (The Great) as River, and Alyssa Emily Marvin (Grey House) as Cassidy, alongside Graham Campbell as Rhys and Michael Esper (The Last Ship) as Franz. Lincoln Cohen and Everett Sobers share the role of Ainsley. Rounding out the company as understudies are Maxim Chlumecky, Michael Crane, Mia Sinclair Jenness, and Danielle Skraastad.

Read the reviews here.

AMNY (Matt Windman)

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)*

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

The Guardian (Adrian Horton)

The Hollywood Reporter (Lovia Gyarkye)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Allison Considine)

Observer (David Cote)

TheaterPizzazz (Stuart Miller)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramírez)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

Variety (Aramide Tinubu)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The production marks Jacobs-Jenkins' Broadway playwriting debut, following a credit in 2022 for contributing additional material to Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth. Lila Neugebauer is directing.

The work centers on a white family who, while closing out the estate of their late father, discover some disturbing artifacts that force them to confront their family's past. The play was previously produced in 2014 Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre.

READ: 'Race Is a Hallucination': Sarah Paulson and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins on Appropriate

The Broadway run features scenic design by dots, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jane Cox, and sound design by Will Pickens and Bray Poor. The production's fight director is Unkledave's Fight House, the vocal coach is Kate Wilson, the production stage manager is Barclay Stiff, and the stage manager is Kelly Levy. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Alexandre Bleau.


Photos: Sarah Paulson, Elle Fanning, More in Appropriate on Broadway

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