Time and the Conways

Image of actress Elizabeth McGovern looking over her left shoulder. On the right side is bright pink text reading, Time and the Conways. The logo for Roundabout Theatre Company is in the lower left corner.

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Performance Schedule


Run Dates

September 14, 2017 - November 26, 2017

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Running Time

2:20 hrs

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Show Description

In 1919 Britain, Mrs. Conway (Downton Abbey’s Elizabeth McGovern) is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish twenty-first birthday celebration.

The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump nineteen years into the future, though, and the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably.

This time-traveling play by J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls) takes place at the crossroads of today and tomorrow—challenging our notions of choice, chance and destiny. 2017 Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) directs.


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September 14, 2017 - November 26, 2017

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Theatre Details


American Airlines Theatre
227 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Subway: Centrally located near the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, A, C, E, and S lines at 42nd Street Times Square.

By Bus: Six buses stop near the theatre. Take the M6, M7, M10, M16, M20, or M104.

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Designated, flexible wheelchair seating area behind the last row of the center orchestra.

Seating: Seats 740. Orchestra, 1st floor; Mezzanine, 2nd and 3rd Floor; 5th floor Penthouse lobby open to the public. 4th floor private. Lower lobby main public facilities and lounge.

Elevator\Escalator: Elevators are available to all levels of the theatre.

Parking: An Icon parking garage is located at 250 west 43rd between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Entrance: Primary entrance from street, through double doors into outer lobby with box office, through double doors into main lobby, through 2 sets of double doors (each 31") into Orchestra.

Box Office: 227 West 42nd St between 7th and 8th Avenues. Hours: 10am - 8pm: Tuesday through Saturday. 10am - 6pm Sunday and Monday. The box office closes at 6pm on any evening with no performance.

Restroom: Three male and three female accessible restrooms are located in Grand Lounge which is basement level and reached by attended elevator. Two of the three have grab bars but are small for turning (30" x 60"), two in each are 95"x 62" with clear space, and sink with an automatic sensor in the stall. There is also a hand dryer with an automatic sensor.

Water Fountain: Several accessible water fountains are located throughout the theatre, all reachable by elevator.

Telephone: Pay phone are accessible in Grand Lounge, not in booths, coin slots are 50" high, the cord is 30" long, volume controls are available. A second telephone is in the first mezzanine in back of Promenade near aisle E.

Assisted Listening System: Assisted listening devices available: Infrared headsets free at coatcheck. Subscribers can call (212) 719-1300 for reservations, non-subscribers ask at the coat check at the performance.

Visual Assistance: For scheduled performances for people who are Partially Sighted and Blind with supports like audio description, please call Healing Arts Initiative at (212) 575-7660 between 9am and 5pm EST

Folding Armrests: Six (6) seats are available with folding armrests.

Translation: Hands On provides two American Sign Language interpreted performances per production.

Reviews (3)

The ineluctable force that touches all our lives – the day-to-day, year-to-year process by which the present becomes the past, and the future bears down upon us – is the melancholy subject of “Time and the Conways,” a 1937 play by J.B. Priestley that has been given a stirring, spiffily cast revival at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

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Elizabeth McGovern, until recently the gracious mistress of PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” has a far more fractious household to manage in “Time and the Conways,” J.B. Priestley’s 1937 drawing-room play about the fluctuating fortunes of a well-to-do family in postwar England. Mrs. Conway’s six grown children are played in a hodgepodge of acting styles in this Roundabout Theater Company revival directed by Rebecca Taichman. But even an imperfect Priestley play offers food for thought, and McGovern is always a pleasure to watch.

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As deftly handled by director Rebecca Taichman (a 2017 Tony winner for Indecent), Priestley’s metaphysics are poignant where, in less able hands, they could come off as annoyingly mystical. And while its Downton connection might fill seats, The Conways, despite some superficial period similarities, reveals its own complex pleasures 

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