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EXIT THE KING OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS

EXIT THE KING

OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS

www.ExitTheKingonBroadway.com

 

 

 

 

The Broadway production of Eugene Ionesco’s EXIT THE KING opened last night, Thursday, March 26 to rave reviews.  Starring Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin, William Sadler and Brian Hutchison, and directed by Neil Armfield, EXIT THE KING is on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).  www.ExitTheKingonBroadway.com

 

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES:

“BRUTALLY FUNNY. This has to be the liveliest death on record, brought to life like a FIRE-TRAILING COMET by Geoffrey Rush. His KNOCKOUT portrayal is hilariously spastic. The rest of the cast follows him in style. The presentation is GENIUS, luring us into raw and very real emotional territory.”

-Ben Brantley, The New York Times

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/theater/reviews/27ione.html?ref=theater

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS:

“We haven’t seen a star turn like this in quite a while. Geoffrey Rush manages a MESMERIZING high-wire act of balancing OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY and overwhelming tragedy in A FASCINATING revival, INVENTIVELY directed by Neil Armfield. EXTRAVAGANT, HILARIOUS and HAUNTING.”

-Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hldBMVD-80dKBxD92GQJ1U68s3bwD9760DBO0

 

VARIETY

“GEOFFREY RUSH is ASTONISHING. He unleashes a DAZZLING arsenal of mime, clowning and physical techniques to swerve in an instant between comedy and pathos, keeping the audience riveted to him through every hairpin turn. SUSAN SARANDON MESMERIZES. LAUREN AMBROSE is RADIANT. ANDREA MARTIN has a GIFT for comedy.”

-David Rooney, Variety

http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117939945.html?categoryid=33&cs=1

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A SPLASHY NEW PRODUCTION of NOT YOUR TYPICAL BROADWAY FARE. Susan Sarandon is crisply regal. Andrea Martin is a peculiar treat. The cast is uniformly strong, but Geoffrey Rush commands the stage, toggling easily between tragedy and comedy, not to mention between high comedy and low. Of such moments are great performances made.”

-Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20267836,00.html

 

NY1:

“GEOFFREY RUSH earns the crown for Broadway’s most entertaining despot! Whether he’s pratfalling, silly dancing, panicking or just sitting there, he commands an incredible arsenal of acting techniques, knocking us dead in this TOUR DE FORCE! This fine production is funny and moving, much like life itself.”

-Roma Torre, NY1

http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_living/theater_reviews/96348/ny1-theater-review—exit-the-king-/Default.aspx

 

NEW YORK POST:  

“EXHILARATING. IT’S ‘RUSH’ HOUR! GEOFFREY RUSH ascends to BROADWAY ROYALTY! Making his Broadway debut in what is possibly the ODDEST, FUNNIEST agony in the history of the theater, Rush is never less than VIRTUOSIC! His King Berenger is a delicate balance, at once theatrically stylized and all too human.”

-Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/seven/03272009/entertainment/theater/its_rush_hour__161527.htm

 

DAILY NEWS

“Oh, what a rush! Extremely lively and loopy. Geoffrey Rush’s sensational performance is a vivid portrait of human buffoonery and suffering at the same time. He takes us on an insightful journey from denial to awareness. And Rush isn’t the only ace on stage. Andrea Martin is that rare comedienne who can make you smile simply with a gesture. Whenever she appears, the stage is dusted with laughter.  Lauren Ambrose sweetly and tearfully plays the king’s favorite wife. Director Neil Armfield demonstrates skill and originality in orchestrating this human circus.”

-Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2009/03/27/2009-03-27_oh_what_a_rush_geoffrey_rush_takes_broad.html

 

BLOOMBERG NEWS

“Mordantly funny and properly sobering. GEOFFREY RUSH, SUSAN SARANDON and a solid American cast engage in all manner of audience-pleasing, circus-like behavior. a boisterous good time.” 

-John Simon, Bloomberg.com 

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aU4GNltXMWI0&refer=muse

 

USA TODAY

“A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT! Ionesco’s account of a ruler who squanders his time is well worth yours. Director Neil Armfield culls excellent work from the cast. GEOFFREY RUSH gives a flamboyant, hilariously physical performance that becomes profoundly moving.”

-Elysa Gardner, USA Today 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/theater/reviews/2009-03-26-exittheking_N.htm

 

NEWSDAY

“INSPIRED, EXHILARATING THEATER. GEOFFREY RUSH is SMASHING in his OUTRAGEOUSLY FOOLISH, PROFOUNDLY MOVING Broadway debut. Neil Armfield’s production is EXQUISITELY UNHINGED. It feels not just absurd, but absurdly wise.”

-Linda Winer, Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/friday/partii/ny-etthelede6083305mar27,0,506895.story

 

TIME OUT NEW YORK:

“****(4 of 6)! In director Neil Armfield’s handsome production, Geoffrey Rush plays the evanescent king with unflagging virtuosity, blurring the lines between tragedian and clown. He commands the audience completely.”

-Adam Feldman, Time Out New York 

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/theater/72934/exit-the-king-at-etherl-barrymore-theatre-theater-review

 

WOR RADIO:

“TRULY REMARKABLE! YOU MUST SEE IT! Incredibly fine acting. Some of the BEST SCENES EVER STAGED. Rush to the theatre and get tickets!”
-David Richardson, WOR Radio (link not available)

 

ABOUT EXIT THE KING

EXIT THE KING stars Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin, William Sadler and Brian Hutchison.  Eugene Ionesco’s classic comedy is directed by Neil Armfield, and translated by Armfield and Rush.  

 

EXIT THE KING is a hilarious and poignant comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger (Rush) whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin.  Despite the efforts of Queen Marguerite (Sarandon) and the other members of the court to convince the King he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control.

 

The design team for EXIT THE KING includes Dale Ferguson (Set & Costume), Damien Cooper (Lighting), Russell Goldsmith (Sound) and John Rodgers (Composer).

 

Geoffrey Rush is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.

 

Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre box office, 243 West 47th Street.  Box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

 

Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $116.50.  Student rush tickets will be sold the day of the performance when the box office opens. Tickets are $26.50 and there is a limit of two tickets per person with valid ID and they are based on availability.

 

The performance schedule for EXIT THE KING is Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.  Please note that on Sunday, June 7, the curtain is at 2:00pm.

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www.ExitTheKingonBroadway.com

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