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“A sparkling production of a comic gem.

David Hyde Pierce and the entire ensemble give performances to treasure.”

— Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News


The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Samson Raphaelson’s ACCENT ON YOUTH opened Wednesday to acclaim from some of Broadway’s leading critics at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Below is a sampling of what they had to say:


“Under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, Accent on Youth offers the cozy comforts prized by theatergoers. The priceless David Hyde Pierce hits his comic marks with precision. He strikes the right note of self-mockery and brings a light touch to the more expressly emotional passes, too. Charles Kimbrough provides some tasty comic flavor. Byron Jennings is equally amusing.”

–        Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


“Elegantly put together and savvily cast by Daniel Sullivan. David Hyde Pierce positively brims with likeability – he exudes a genuineness that informs whatever role he plays. Mary Catherine Garrison is delightful. Charles Kimbrough is a consummate comic who can get a giggle out of the most unlikely lines.”

–        Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press


“FOUR STARS! A sparkling Broadway production of a comic gem. Daniel Sullivan, David Hyde Pierce and a venerable ensemble that includes Rosie Benton, Curt Bouril, and John Wernke provide diversion from whatever you may need diverting from. There are other performances to treasure as well. Notably, Byron Jennings gives a master class in playing a drunk scene, the great Charles Kimbrough and Lisa Banes. The real find is Mary Catherine Garrison who makes naïveté attractive. The inviting set is by John Lee Beatty, the dappled lighting by Brian MacDevitt and the elegant costumes by Jane Greenwood.”

–        Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News


David Hyde Pierce has everyone laughing all night long.”

–        Joan Hamburg, WOR Radio


“Exotic and fun. They haven’t written debonair romantic comedies like Samson Raphaelson’s bonbon in a very long time – it’s amusing, charming and effortlessly pushes our nostalgia buttons. Under the smart direction of Daniel Sullivan, the actors perform their roles with complete conviction, but also a knowing twinkle. The deadpan David Hyde Pierce nails every comic possibility —he is witty, stylish and likeable as always.”

–        Robert Feldberg, The Record


“Manhattan Theatre Club serves up an attractive soufflé. In Daniel Sullivan’s spiffy production, David Hyde Pierce strikes a delightful balance of suave affability and vanity, and his timing is effortless! Mary Catherine Garrison is touching.”

–        David Rooney, Variety


 “David Hyde Pierce gives a finely measured display of wit and sophistication. David Furr is stylishly turned-out. Charles Kimbrough all but steals the show.”

–        Malcolm Johnson, Hartford Courant


To see a sneak peek at ACCENT ON YOUTH, CLICK HERE.


ACCENT ON YOUTH is directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Sight Unseen, Proof) and features Lisa Banes (High Society, Arcadia), Rosie Benton (Saturn Returns), Curt Bouril (A Man for All Seasons), David Furr (Cymbeline), Mary Catherine Garrison (Top Girls, Rabbit Hole), Byron Jennings (Is He Dead?, Sight Unseen), Tony nominee Charles Kimbrough (Company, “Murphy Brown”), Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (Curtains, Spamalot, “Frasier”), and John Wernke (The American Plan).


ACCENT ON YOUTH, a new production of Samson Raphaelson’s comedy, is a salute to love’s possibilities, both on stage and off. Successful playwright Steven Gaye (Pierce) is about to abandon his latest script, when his young secretary (Garrison) offers him new inspiration. With her as his muse, he stages the show on Broadway, only to learn, to his dismay, that the show’s young leading man (Furr) is being inspired by her too. 


The creative team for ACCENT ON YOUTH includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jane Greenwood (costume design), Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound design), and Tom Watson (hair & wig design).



  • Single tickets to ACCENT ON YOUTH are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • ACCENT ON YOUTH tickets range in price from $56.50-$96.50. 


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