RE:Interesting but fatally flawed
As a fan of Sarah Ruhl, I rushed out to the first preview last night and found the play to be long 2 1/2 hours -- felt like longer and very uneven. By the last moments, as a gimmicky scene with a naked actor happened, I was wondering why I was watching this at Broadway ticket prices when it seemed to belong in an off-Broadway venue. Performances are all over the map -- Cerveris is ok but uninspired, Benanti is distractingly modern, and Williams seems to be in a different play entirely. Only Dizzia seemed to hit the right note in interpreting Ruhls words. Hopefully the show will get better as the run goes on...Live and learn. No more rushing out to previews for me. Patience is a virtue.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play on Friday, Oct 23rd, 2009
Ludlow Lad -- you're right... but --
Of course Broadway should have new American plays. There are far too few of them. But $100 is a lot to pay for a ticket to a play that would have never made it out of rep if it were by a different playwright. Its easier to be adventurous as a ticket-buyer and to be tolerant of misses or near-misses if youre paying $35.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play on Sunday, Oct 25th, 2009