The Best Man

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Until Sun Sep 9 2012

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  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

    The Best Man
  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

    The Best Man
  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

    The Best Man
  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

    The Best Man
  • The Best Man

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

    The Best Man

The Best Man

Photograph: Joan Marcus

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. By Gore Vidal. Dir. Michael Wilson. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. Two intermissions.

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JG

This is one of my favorite plays so I was very excited to see it again. While the play is still as compelling as ever, I thought this production suffered from too much star casting, with performances that weren't always in tune with one another. John Larroquette seemed incredibly stiff and humorless as Russell. Spaulding Gray was much better in the last revival. Michael McKean and Jefferson Mays were so good but wasted in supporting roles. Either of them would have made a better Russell. Candice Bergen seemed incredibly uncomfortable and nervous on stage. She had numerous odd line readings, where she would emphasize strange words. Very disappointing to see her so out of her element. When Bergen and Larroquette shared scenes alone on stage, the production would grind to a halt. They each often seemed to be struggling to remember their lines. James Earl Jones was pretty good though difficult to understand at times. Angela Lansbury was fun and memorable in a small role. Eric McCormack and Kerry Butler were actually quite good in the more colorful roles in the play. While every effort was made to transform the theatre into the vibe of a political convention, this feeling only occasionally found its way on stage. The set was quite impressive with seamless use of turntables. This is a really great play, one of my favorites, so it's worth seeing if you've never seen it, but it's not the strongest production I've seen. I think the who's who of stunt casting, even with some of the more effective performances, just distracted from the piece.