Of George Bernard Shaw’s 1919 work, director Harold Clurman wrote that ”there is a tendency to become solemn.” Exhibit A: Robin Lefevre’s current restaging. Granted, Heartbreak House (Shaw’s favorite play) is an action-lite, dialogue-heavy Chekhovian homage. (Act 1: Make small talk; Act 2: Question everyone’s moral fiber; Act 3: Reflect upon Acts 1 and 2 as bombs drop in the background.) But there’s no shortage of Shavian wit, and while Swoosie Kurtz’s clenched-jaw hausfrau is a kick, only Philip Bosco’s grizzled Captain and Lily Rabe’s sly Ellie have humor and gravitas. They’re almost too good to be true.
Heartbreak House Of George Bernard Shaw's 1919 work, director Harold Clurman wrote that ''there is a tendency to become solemn.'' Exhibit A: Robin Lefevre's current...Heartbreak HouseGeorge Bernard Shaw Of George Bernard Shaw's 1919 work, director Harold Clurman wrote that ''there is a tendency to become solemn.'' Exhibit A: Robin Lefevre's current...2006-10-27Byron Jennings
Starring: Philip Bosco; Starring: Byron Jennings; Director: Robin Lefevre; Author: George Bernard Shaw; Opening Date: 10/11/2006; Status: In Season
Posted October 27 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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