“When Frank Langella plays good, he’s fine; but when he’s bad, he’s a wonder. Having ditched the halo he wore as the sainted Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” in 2008, Mr. Langella—the only actor to star on Broadway as both Dracula and Richard Nixon—has stepped back into the dark side in style. And this time he’s a villain that New York audiences should really love to hate: a soulless financier who wreaks havoc with other people’s money.”
Time Out New York
“Langella glides frictionlessly through his scenes, coolly muscling his way to center stage. As for confidence, well, it’s hard to imagine a more commanding and forceful actor in the city. Langella is such a master manipulator of space and time, it’s hard to believe that his character is destined for a semitragic fall.”
“Frank Langella was born to play fabulous monsters like Richard Nixon, Count Dracula, and now, Gregor Antonescu, the international financier beset by ruinous scandal in Terence Rattigan’s 1963 drama, “Man and Boy.” Play is set during the Great Depression, but feels eerily contemporary in its cynical portrayal of industry barons who think nothing of robbing the innocent and endangering the economy with their reckless power games. Secondary roles are exceptionally well cast in Maria Aitken’s well-oiled production, providing solid support for Langella’s suave and superbly nuanced perf of a towering figure teetering on the edge of a moral precipice.”
Langella’s Suave Mogul Crashes in ‘Man and Boy’
“Smashingly revived on Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Terence Rattigan’s 1963 drama is choice goods for an actor of Langella’s gifts: stentorian delivery, intimidating physicality and a natural ease at feigning sincerity while slipping in the shiv. The role was written for Charles Boyer, and it fits Langella like a bespoke suit.”
Man and Boy is playing at the American Airlines Theatre through November 27, 2011. For more information about the show or how to purchase tickets, click here.
2011-2012 Season, Man and Boy, Roundabout Roundup