- “ELAINE MAY GIVES A PERFORMANCE FOR THE AGES. She will break your heart in Kenneth Lonergan’s wonderful ‘The Waverly Gallery.'” The New York Times
- “ELAINE MAY’S PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS YOU’LL EVER SEE IN A BROADWAY THEATRE. Elaine May absorbs the energy of the other actors like she’s getting a blood transfusion, live on stage.” Chicago Tribune
- “KENNETH LONERGAN IS AMERICA’S GREATEST LIVING DRAMATIST.” The Wall Street Journal
- “KENNETH LONERGAN’S PLAY SEEMS TO HAVE GROWN RICHER WITH THE YEARS, LIKE A SUPERIOR VINTAGE WINE.” Broadway News
- “WHAT A PERFORMANCE! Elaine May delivers a portrait so meticulously calibrated, it should be measured in pixels.” The Washington Post
- “I STILL HAVE NOT RESUMED NORMAL BREATHING after watching Elaine May’s devastating opeining night performance in ‘The Waverly Gallery’ last night. It is powerful. It is funny. It is painful. Go see it. Go. See. It.” Reuters
Directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer (in her Broadway debut), the cast includes Grammy Award winner, and Academy and Golden Globe Award nominee, Elaine May; Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges; Tony Award winner Joan Allen; and, in his third Lonergan play, Michael Cera.
The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson.