The Violet Hour

Starring: Laura Benanti, Scott Foley, Robert Sean Leonard; Director: Evan Yionoulis; Author: Richard Greenberg; Opening Date: 10/16/2003

April Fools’ Day, 1919: A young, ambitious publisher (Robert Sean Leonard) receives a mysterious machine that begins to pump out piles of manuscripts – from the future! That’s a perfect setup for Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (”Take Me Out”), who has a shimmering, Stoppard-like talent for spewing language and ideas. But the play’s reams of content fail to coalesce, despite terrific performances from Leonard, an attractive Scott Foley, and a hilarious Mario Cantone.

Originally posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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