“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.”
"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."
Time Out New York
Rosemary Harris glows in a flickering revival of Athol Fugard's drama.
"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."
New York Post
Luminous Performers Brighten 1984 'Road'
"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."
The Road to Mecca is playing at the American Airlines Theatre through March 4, 2012. For more information, click here.
2011-2012 Season, Roundabout Roundup, The Road to Mecca