Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of Ivo van Hove's A Little Life | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Reviews: Here's What Critics Think of Ivo van Hove's A Little Life

The play is based on the best-selling novel by Hanya Yanagihara.

A Little Life BAM

The US premiere of the Ivo van Hove-directed A Little Life has officially opened as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave 2022 festival, and reviews are out.

Based on the best-selling yet controversial novel by Hanya Yanagihara, and adapted by Koen Tachelet, the play explores the complex relationships between four friends—a lawyer, an actor, an architect, and an artist—over the course of three decades. Under Hove's direction, the show follows them from college into their middle-age lives in New York City.

A Little Life is presented in German with English subtitles, with translation by Kitty Pouwels and Josephine Ruitenberg. The company consists of Ramsey Nasr, Maarten Heijmans, Majd Mardo, Edwin Jonker, Hans Kesting, Marieke Heebink, Jacob Derwig, and Bart Slegers.

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

The New York Times (Naveen Kumar)*

New Yorker (Helen Shaw)*

Slant Magazine (Dan Rubins)*

Theatrely (Nolan Boggess)

US Today (Erin Avery)*

Variety (Daniel D'Addario)

Vulture (Jackson McHenry)

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

Van Hove's creative team includes dramaturgy by Bart Van den Eynde, scenography and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, music and sound design by Eric Sleichim, and costume design by An D’Huys. The show is produced by Schaubühne Berlin in co-production with Festival Athens and Festival d'Avignon.

The Tony Award-winning director first premiered A Little Life at Amsterdam's Stadsschouwburg as the 2018-2019 season opener for Netherlands repertory company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, where van Hove has served as artistic director since 2001.

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