Stage Review

The Violet Hour (2003 - 2003)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Opening Date: Oct 16, 2003; Lead Performances: Laura Benanti, Scott Foley and Robert Sean Leonard; Writer: Richard Greenberg; Director: Evan Yionoulis

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 Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints