Capn Design

Rating: 8 of 10


Before I talk about the play, you should note the performance I saw was a dress rehersal. So, if this website were an accredited news source, I'd be breakin' the rules.

Months ago, my friend at BAM sent me their schedule for the year and this play stuck out immediately. Angels in America had a profound impact on me and I wanted to see if one of Kushner's other works would have the same effect. In a nutshell, it didn't, but the play was still wonderful.

Although most aspects of the play were well done, it was the acting that stood out. Maggie Gyllenhaal had a strong performance, but it was really the supporting actors who made the play (I'd give you their names but I didn't get a program). One thing worth noting, that my lady pointed out, is that Maggie acts like a movie star, not a classically-trained actor. It didn't bother me, but if that bothers you then consider yourself warned.

I guess the true proof of its worth is that I didn't get sleepy once and the play lasted nearly four hours with intermissions. The minus next to the 'A' rating can be attributed to the lack of profound effect and the absence of concessions at the Harvey (you need something to nibble on during a four hour performance, even if this was a dress rehearsal).