In a Fifth Avenue apartment high above Central Park, a weathy art dealer and his wife are trying to interest a moneyed friend in a $2 million investment when an unexpected young guest arrives - and changes their lives forever. Veering effortlessly from hilarity to pathos, this dazzling play was lauded by The New York Times as "transcendent, magical, and a masterwork." Performed by a full cast starring Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault.More
The timing and expression of talented stage actors bring this play's subtle allegory home for better or worse, and usually better. Alan Alda plays Flanders Kittredge without self-consciousness. He is familiar with the phrasing necessary for this dramatic work whose essence relies on what the characters hear. Hunter-Gault makes a spoken metamorphosis from punk to prodigy, and his role is a difficult one that requires fooling other players and the listener. A full cast rounds out the production, and the live audience leads the way as we follow their amusement and their silences. The short play makes for a brief encounter, but the cast captures its charm and gravity for as long as it lasts.
"...an excellent production of Guare's famous play." (Library Journal)
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Good but not great.
- Gwynne O'Reagan
Six Degrees of Genius
I have listened to this performance a dozen times already. It is WONDERFUL and alive.
None of the characters are particularly endearing but Swoozie Kurtz breathes life into Ouisa Kitteridge.
It is beautifully done and although it seems to race at time it is the complete play done completely with love.
- Clive Hazell