If liberal activist and filmmaker Michael Moore thought his Broadway play — entitled The Terms of My Surrender — would draw rave reviews from fellow progressives who would be “galvanized” into taking out Republican President Donald Trump, he was sadly mistaken.
While New York Times theater critic Jesse Green claimed the play, which opened on Thursday at the Belasco theater, “is a bit like being stuck at Thanksgiving dinner with a garrulous, self-regarding, time-sucking uncle,” Peter Marks of the Washington Post asserted that “Michael Moore should leave Broadway to the pros.”
Green tried to soften the blow by noting:
Don’t get me wrong: Mr. Moore has led an exemplary life of progressive activism, both in the trenches and as a filmmaker.
His early movies … represent an impish moral intelligence at its most incisive. It helps that he chose good targets and had an ear for irony.
“Still, you don’t have to disagree with Mr. Moore’s politics to find that his shtick has become disagreeable with age,” the reviewer continued. “He wants to help liberals turn their Post Traumatic Trump Disorder into practical action.”
However, the play “is not organized well enough” and “falls short of offering seriously useful ideas about how individuals can make a difference,” Green claimed. “Such a character would be easier to dismiss if his stated motive for appearing on Broadway were not so timely.”
“But,” the reviewer stated, “even when Mr. Moore turns his attention to more recent and generally compelling matters, as in a long, impassioned segment…Read More