Friday, May 29, 2015

An Act of G-d Opens on Broadway

The first show of the 2015-2016 Broadway season has opened and the reviews are in.  And boy are they a doozy.  Charles Isherwood of The New York Times absolutely loved both the show and its star, Jim Parsons.  He gave the show the type of review that would have certainly given Mr. Parsons a strong shot at a Tony nomination if the show opened closer to the end of the season.  Of course, given that the 2014-2015 season just ended and the Tony Awards for that cycle won't happen for another week, the show (playing at the Roundabout's Studio 54) will be incredibly forgotten by the time next year's Tony's come around.

Marilyn Stasio of Variety Magazine, on the other hand, absolutely hated the show, calling it boring and trite.  The style of humor is not one she appreciates or enjoys.

Robert Kahn gave a thoroughly middle-of-the-road review of the show -- neither good nor bad.

It seems to me that the show will be very popular among a small niche market but will not last in people's memories once they walk out the door.  It may, due to its content and small cast, have a decent life as a community theater production, but that's about the extent of it.

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