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Best of 2010: Roundabout Theatre Company on Top Ten Lists

Roundabout Theatre Company

(Todd Haimes, Artistic Director)

proudly recognizes the following productions acknowledged on many

Top 10 lists of the best theatre of 2010:

Brief Encounter, The Glass Menagerie, Tiger Be Still & Everyday Rapture

Noel Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER, adapted and directed by Emma Rice

is a critically acclaimed limited engagement extended through January 2, 2010.


New York Times – Best Theatre 2010 round-up.

            Honorable mention goes to Brief Encounter. “Among the eight productions, I have not included this wonderful show seen on Broadway in 2010 — Brief Encounter — because it was on my list last year for its Off Broadway incarnations.” “By the show’s end I felt enlivened, enlightened and seriously moved.” – Ben Brantley. http://nyti.ms/eb2ysr


NY1 – 2010 Theater: The Best of Broadway.

            “The lushly romantic adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter has audiences swooning.” – Roma Torre. http://bit.ly/hq2cp5


New York Magazine – The Year in Theatre, Top Ten!

            “The forbidden lovers in the glittering ad hoc bricolage Brief Encounter, a sort of melo-romantic marionette show with real humans from mixed-media queen Emma Rice.”  – Scott Brown. http://bit.ly/hn4LX1

USA Today – Bold year for Broadway.

Most charming British Import: Brief Encounter “London’s Kneehigh Theatre artistic director Emma Rice found new depths of tenderness and passion in vintage Noel Coward.” – Elysa Gardner. http://usat.ly/h7ck59


Entertainment Weekly – The Best Shows of the Year.

Brief Encounter: Brooklyn/Minneapolis/Broadway.  “British director Emma Rice transforms the 1945 movie melodrama into an enchanting musical, complete with songs by Noel Coward and ingenious stagecraft – characters literally leap through an onstage screen, then appear as figures on the film projections.  It’s a pip!” – Thom Geier. http://bit.ly/ekDIYc


Broadway.com – Best of Broadway, Top Five Shows of 2010

            “A swooningly romantic show that’s also a laugh riot? It doesn’t seem possible, but the British import Brief Encounter is anything but a typical evening of theater. This mix of drama (based on Noel Coward’s 1945 screenplay about a star-crossed couple who falls in love at first sight in a British train station) music (incorporating Coward’s clever songs), projections and even stage flight packs a wallop of emotion, with passionate performances by Hannah Yelland and Tristan Sturrock. But Brief Encounter is never maudlin, thanks to the supporting cast’s comic and musical bits. The bottom line is that Brief Encounter is simply thrilling.” http://bit.ly/fzhf6k


Chelsea Now Newspaper – The Ten Best Live Performances of 2010.

            “Brief Encounter: In both its St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway incarnations, Emma Rice’s floridly imaginative rethinking of Noel Coward’s warhorse gave you a wondrously complete Coward immersion of romance, wit, performance, and song. The after-show spontaneous sing-song performances by the adorable, melodious cast were an added generously warm-hearted treat.” – David Noh. http://bit.ly/fIq75P


CentralJersey.com – Top Theatre Productions

            “The top 10 includes the visually captivating musical Brief Encounter (6).” – Bill Canacci. http://bit.ly/ghsO2q

Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by

Gordon Edelstein opened on March 24, 2010 at the

Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

The play extended due to popular demand and won two

Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (Judith Ivey),

a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance (Judith Ivey) and a Theatre World Award (Keira Keeley).

New York Times – Best Theatre 2010, Bright Fodder for Future Revivals.

            Honorable mention goes to The Glass Menagerie. “Certainly Judith Ivey’s marvelous Amanda Wingfield in Gordon Edelstein’s production of The Glass Menagerie made an indelible impression.” – Charles Isherwood



Wall Street Journal – The Best of the Best, 2010

            “Best Revival: Gordon Edelstein’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie originated at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., then transferred to the Roundabout Theatre Company’s off-Broadway house and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  I saw it in New York, where every line was as fresh as a shaft of sunlight.” – Terry Teachout  http://on.wsj.com/ho15wd


Advocate.com – Best Theater of 2010

            “I thought I knew Tennessee Williams’s 1944 memory play, but director Gordon Edelstein pulled out tricks in his pocket for Roundabout’s bold new staging at the Laura Pels Theatre. Our narrator Tom conjured the St. Louis tenement of his youth from a New Orleans hotel room, a concept established by Tom’s typing, reading, and mouthing other characters’ lines. As his smothering mother Amanda, ‘Designing Women’s’ Judith Ivey cashed in on the role’s comedy without cheapening it, but the real revelation here was Patch Darragh’s unabashedly gay take on Tom. No question that this tipsy swish was out hitting gay bars instead of movies. And when his sister’s gentleman caller arrived, Tom seemed even more smitten than she did.” – Brandon Voss. http://bit.ly/g0Kr6A

 Kim Rosenstock’s TIGERS BE STILL, directed by Sam Gold.

A sold out hit at Roundabout Underground, the celebrated director

Sam Gold, joined Roundabout as an Associate Artist in November.

 New York Times – Best Theatre 2010, Bright Fodder for Future Revivals.

            Honorable mention goes to Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still. “In Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout Theatre Company Kimberly Rosenstock created a piquant, funny portrait of a traumatized family slowly knitting itself back together.” – Charles Isherwood. http://nyti.ms/ftPy4r

Everyday Rapture, a new Broadway musical by Sherie Rene Scott

and Dick Scanlan and directed by Michael Mayer

opened on Broadway on April 29, 2010 to critical acclaim. 

The production received Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical (Scanlan & Scott) and Best Actress in a Musical (Scott) as well as

Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical,

Actress in a Musical, Orchestrations and Sound Design.

 NY1 – 2010 Theater: The Best of Broadway.

            “Audiences were rapturous over a couple of solo shows: Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture.” – Roma Torre. http://bit.ly/hq2cp5


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