Monday, October 6, 2014

Two Broadway Openings

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog because of work and the holidays, but I am back.  Two shows have opened on Broadway in the interim and the reviews are in.  The two shows in question are Manhattan Theatre Club's Chekhov-inspired The Country House and the National Theatre's Broadway import of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Written by Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan, Manhattan Theatre Club's The Country House opened on October 2nd and received mixed-to-negative reviews.  The play seemed contrived and, while amusing at times, was not considered to be simply a rehash of things we've all seen too many times before.  Blythe Danner, the play's leading lady, received some positive recognition for her performance, however.  It may or may not be enough to net her another Tony nomination -- it will have to depend on the competition and how long voters' memories are.

The other opening that happened recently is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a transfer from London's National Theatre.  The play opened last night and received absolute raves across the board.  This will definitely be the hot ticket of the season as well as the big winner come Tony season.  Almost every element of this play received mentions in several reviews, including the direction, design elements, and acting, particularly of the young male lead.  This is sure to receive nominations for Best Play, Lead Actor (Alex Sharp), Featured Actress (Francesca Faridany), Director, Set Design, Lighting Design, and, if the Tony committee decides to bring back the category, Sound Design.  The reviews were strong enough that they might also carry off a nomination for costumes.  This production may also become the second play in Tony history to be nominated for choreography.  The play is also likely to win for best play, along with its design elements being awarded come next June.  This will be the hot ticket of the Broadway season.

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