Review Roundup: Man and Boy

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Roundabout

The New York Times
The Art of Wreaking Havoc With Other People’s Money
Ben Brantley

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.”

Full review.

Time Out New York
David Cote

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.”

Full review.

Marilyn Stasio

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.”

Full review.

Langella’s Suave Mogul Crashes in ‘Man and Boy’
Jeremy Gerard

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.”

Full review.

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.

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2011-2012 Season, Man and Boy, Roundabout Roundup

1 Comment
  1. Steven Bernstein

    November 21, 2011

    Certain fast paced dialogue parts of presentations such as in The Importance of Being Earnest and Man and Boy (primarily in the first scene) impede the audience’s ability to hear and understand. Perhaps, directors believe that this fast pace is necessary for the full expression of the roles. I do not refer to our capacity to hear, but to absorb the dialogue as spoken. If the audience is unable to understand what is spoken the meaning and effect of the role is lost. This is the feeling of my wife and I. I wonder if others express similar views? Thanks



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