Review Roundup: ‘The Road to Mecca’

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by Roundabout

The New York Times
Those Who Seek to Make Art Often Find Themselves Alone
Ben Brantley

“It makes you catch your breath. Rosemary Harris asks us to look close to find the creative soul within. And with the generosity of a great artist, she rewards us with the illusion that we have discovered the majesty of her character all by ourselves. Carla Gugino is bracingly vital and Jim Dale is first-rate in this powerful production.”

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Marilyn Stasio

"If anyone is Broadway royalty, it's Rosemary Harris, captivating as an eccentric visionary who strikes her pious neighbors as batty, but who embodies the last flickering flame of artistic freedom in her politically embattled nation."

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Jim Dale, Carla Gugino, Rosemary Harris in 'The Road to Mecca'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

Time Out New York
Rosemary Harris glows in a flickering revival of Athol Fugard's drama.
Adam Feldman

"The play catches fire in Act II, culminating in a beautiful speech in which Helen describes the lonely journey to her fanciful concrete Mecca. It's Fugard at his lyrical best, and the indomitable Harris—at 84, still inspiringly sharp—delivers it with marvelous ragged dignity."

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New York Post
Luminous Performers Brighten 1984 'Road'
Elisabeth Vincentelli

"The drama flourishes in the second act, when local minister Marius Byleveld (Jim Dale, making a welcome return to the stage) drops by.  He's trying to persuade Miss Helen to leave her house for a retirement home, and at first he looks like a manipulative, judgmental creep.  But the reverend is more complex than he seems, and Fugard endows him with the same layered depth he affords the women. There are no obvious villains and heroes here, and no easy resolutions, either."

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The Road to Mecca is playing at the American Airlines Theatre through March 4, 2012.  For more information, click here.

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2011-2012 Season, Roundabout Roundup, The Road to Mecca

  1. Taron

    February 14, 2012

    It’s much eaesir to understand when you put it that way!

  2. Allison

    February 17, 2012

    The play may have “caught fire” in the second act, but I would not know- I left at intermission. Let it be known that I am not one to do this. I have never walked out of a movie, much less a Broadway show. The exposition was so slow, the dialogue so lengthy and self-indulgent that I could not take another hour of it. The lighting was abrupt and artificial, and my suspension of disbelief could only last the first 45 minutes. Maybe some of my questions would have been answered in the next act, but I will never find out.

  3. Michelle

    February 24, 2012

    I have to agree that this became boring dialogue, well-acted. I didn’t really care about the characters, and therefore, didn’t care how it ended (which could have been a number of senarios). I left a half hour before the end as my guest, who isn’t old, fell asleep.



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