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2009-2010 Drama Desk Award Winners


Drama Desk Award Winners

The 55th annual Drama Desk Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre, were presented last night.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Santino Fontana).
FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) & Outstanding Music in a Play (Branford Marsalis).
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’s Catherine Zeta-Jones won Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
A special award was presented to the cast, creative team and producers of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE as the theatrical event of the season.
RAGTIME won Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (ACME Sound Partners).

RED won Outstanding Play (John Logan), Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Grandage) and Outstanding Lighting (Neil Austin).
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S THE ROYAL FAMILY won Outstanding Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell).
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS won Outstanding Lyrics (John Kander, Fred Ebb).
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE won Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber).

A special award was presented to Jerry Herman.  



   2009 – 2010



The Outer Critics Circle Award Winners were announced today.


The awards ceremony will take place on May 27, 2010.

FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis).
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).  
LEND ME A TENOR won the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Award (Jan Maxwell).
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC won Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis).

NEXT FALL playwright Geoffrey Nauffts has won the John Gassner Award.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE won Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Wilson).  
RED won Outstanding Broadway Play.
WISHFUL DRINKING has won Outstanding Solo Performance (Carrie Fisher).


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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends


Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture

With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

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The Orphans’ Home Cycle now in its final two weeks




THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, the world premiere of a three part theatrical event by the late Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote, is now in its final two weeks at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company. Following two extensions, the production’s critically acclaimed run ends Saturday, May 8.

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The Orphans’ Home Cycle plays 200th performance tonight




The critically acclaimed THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays its 200th performance tonight since the run began in September, 2009 at Hartford Stage.   THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE has been extended by popular demand through Saturday, May 8th at Signature Theatre Company.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, the world premiere of a three-part theatrical event by the late Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote, is being co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work. 

Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas and based partly on the childhood of Foote’s father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is a wide-ranging, intricate work that spans the lives of three families over three decades.  All actors in the production play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the various plays which comprise the Cycle. 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE begins with a father’s death in a small Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father and patriarch.

The ensemble of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Amii Harrison, Bill Heck, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Gilbert Owuor, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.

The design team for THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Jeff Cowie and David M. Barber (Set Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Jan Hartley (Projection Design), Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Wig and Hair Design). Peter Pucci (Choreography), Ralph Zito (Voice/Dialect Coach) and Mark Olsen (Fight Director).

Each part of the three-part cycle is staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons.   Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy. 

Foote completed work on THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE prior to his death on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92. The cycle features nine plays that were originally written as full-length pieces.  Hartford Stage commissioned Foote in 2007 to adapt the plays in this new three-part form.

PART 1: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD begins at the turn of the 20th century and follows Horace Robedaux in his formative years.   Part 1 begins with the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale.

PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE focuses on the courtship years of Horace Robedaux and his search for a wife.  Part 2 consists of the plays The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine’s Day.

PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land.  Part 3 is made up of the plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa

Four of the individual plays, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine’s Day, are being staged for the first time as part of the cycle.

Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1994-1995 season to Horton Foote, including the world premieres of The Young Man from Atlanta (for which Foote won the Pulitzer Prize) and Laura Dennis and the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures.  Signature also produced the world premiere of his The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-2001 Season, as well as the award-winning production of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 during the company’s 15th anniversary season. 

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. 

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company.  Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program.  The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. 

Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011. The twentieth season will feature the work of Tony Kushner.  Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and twenty-two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

Signature Theatre Company recently announced a new, permanent home for the company on W.42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, scheduled to open in 2012.  The Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center will comprise three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level—a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. The Signature Center will feature three unique programs: the continuation of the Master Playwrights Residency, the expansion of the Legacy Program, and the introduction of a new Emerging Playwrights Residency, which will feature early and mid-career playwrights, and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a four-year residency. For more information on The Signature Center, please visit signaturecenter.org.


Tickets for all performances are $65. Marathon performances ($225) are on April 3 and May 8.

Please visit www.signaturetheatre.org for the full performance calendar.


Tuesday-Friday at 7PM

Saturday at 8PM

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM

No Wednesday matinee performance March 31 and May 5

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).   

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20 for the individual performances of all three parts. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).  

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. Support for Signature Theatre Company’s Horton Foote Legacy Season is provided by American Express, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation.

Shows Will Go On Today As Scheduled

Shows Will Go On Today As Scheduled

Due to the accumulated snowfall in the New York area the following information has been compiled for the benefit of ticket buyers for today’s performances:

·Atlantic Theater Company’s AGES OF THE MOON will perform as scheduled at 8PM. Please check with the box office at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street) for tickets. 

·GOD OF CARNAGE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 8PM. The theatre is taking precautions to make sure the cast and crew can get to and from the theatre. Please check with the box office at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) for tickets.  

· JERSEY BOYS will continue with its regularly scheduled performances at 2PM and 8PM. Those interested in purchasing tickets should check with the box office at August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) for cancellations. 

· A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will continue with its scheduled 2PM matinee performance. As previously scheduled, there is no Wednesday evening performance this week. Please check with the box office at the Walter Kerr Theatre (230 West 49th Street) for tickets. 

· MAMMA MIA! will continue with its scheduled 8PM evening performance. Per the regular schedule, there will be no matinee performance. Winter special discount today  – $31.50 tickets available at Winter Garden Theatre Box Office (1634 Broadway) only. Rush seats available for any and all.  NO Student/Senior ID needed. 

· Manhattan Theatre Club’s TIME STANDS STILL will play at 2PM & 8PM as scheduled at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 W. 47th Street). For today only, both performances have a special snow discount for as little as $38 on select seats, subject to availability. Use code: SSMAN36 at Telecharge.com or at the Friedman Box Office.

· Manhattan Theatre Club’s EQUIVOCATION will play its first preview today at 8PM at New York City Center – Stage I (131 W. 55th Street). For tonight’s show, a special winter discount is available for 50% off the normal ticket price ($37.50, tickets normally $75). Use code “OTH” at the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street) or via telephone. If purchasing online at nycitycenter.org, use code: 5661. 

· Contingencies for both TIME STANDS STILL and EQUIVOCATION have been planned to ensure that the casts and crews of both shows will be able to make their respective performances. If there are any general inquiries, information will be available at http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com <http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com>. If ticket holders have specific questions, they should contact their point of sale. 

· Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of PRESENT LAUGHTER starring Victor Garber will perform as scheduled at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) at 2PM & 7PM.  Roundabout has made arrangements to ensure that the casts and crews of both shows will be able to make their respective performances.  Due to the snowstorm, Roundabout is expanding their day of rush tickets ($21.50) to include 100 additional seat locations based on availability for today’s performances. This offer is available to the general public.

If there are any general inquiries, information will be available at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org>. If ticket holders have specific questions, they should contact their point of sale. 

· Signature Theatre Company’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 7PM. Please check with the box office at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) for tickets. 

·STOMP will continue with its scheduled 8PM performance. As per its regular schedule there will be no matinee performance. Students with valid I.D. can get $39 tickets tonight and tomorrow at the box office window only (4 tickets per I.D.). 

·A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 8PM. The following statement has been issued on behalf of the producers: “With people perhaps wary about travelling into the city tomorrow for last minute ticket purchases, A View From The Bridge has some availability at the matinee- A perfect time to see the show in orchestra seats.” Please check with the box office at the Cort Theater (138 West 48th Street) for tickets. 

Additionally, rehearsals for A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, LEND ME A TENOR, LOOPED, 
THE MIRACLE WORKER, and NEXT FALL will continue as scheduled.

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Critics rave for The Orphans’ Home Cycle Part 3


THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY, the final part of the world premiere three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, opened last night at Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues – and the critics are cheering!    

is co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work.  
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE has been extended by popular demand for an additional six weeks through Saturday, May 8, 2010.
Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say about THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY:

Life, Death and Family in Foote’s Texas <http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/theater/reviews/27orphan.html?ref=theater>
The New York Times
By Ben Brantley
January 27, 2010

“Nobody in Harrison, Tex., needs to ask for whom the bell tolls. Not, at least, in 1918, the year that gives the title to the opening work in the reverberant final installment of Horton Foote’s “Orphans’ Home Cycle” at the Peter Norton Space on West 42nd Street.
Again and again, the iron tongue clangs from the church steeple, and people in town realize that the flu has taken another victim, most likely someone they’re acquainted with. Odds are they’ll know the name of the deceased — and the time and place of death — before the tolling stops.
The three short dramas that make up “The Story of a Family,” which opened on Tuesday night, are both the starkest and most sentimental of this lovingly painted life-and-times portrait, directed by Michael Wilson in a co-production of the Hartford Stage and the Signature Theater Company.
More than its predecessors, “Family” brings home the sense of how tenuous existence was in western America in the early 20th century, and how desperate it could become. Small wonder that people clung to the notions of their extended families as if they were the very tree of life.
One of the pleasures of repertory is watching how actors become different characters. Here, under Mr. Wilson’s gliding direction, this is usually achieved with a simple, restrained grace, acknowledging that the canvas matters more than the figures within it.”
Foote’s Fine ‘Family’ Goes the Whole Nine Yards <http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/foote_fine_family_goes_whole_nine_EHealii6DlbnrawtajBDSP>
New York Post
By Elisabeth Vincentelli
January 27, 2010

With a total running time now up to nine hours, Horton Foote’s “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” finally draws to an end with the opening of its third and last three-act installment, “The Story of a Family.” It’s been a long, steady ride since the first one opened in November, and reaching the destination brings a fulfilling sense of completion.

Foote doesn’t neatly tie up loose ends, but it doesn’t matter because what he does do is provide an ending that feels as natural and satisfying as a river reaching the sea.
The playwright gave himself a big challenge by making Horace a “good man” — the kind of stoic, reliable citizen you don’t necessarily associate with pulse-quickening drama. But “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” is unrelenting in its own gentle way, and we easily become hooked to its succession of seemingly mundane events, quarrels and small pleasures.

‘Orphans’ Home Cycle’ offers pleasures worth the wait <http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2010/01/27/2010-01-27_as_you_like_it_and_final_chapter_of_orphans_home_cycle_offer_theatrical_pleasure.html>
Daily News
By Joe Dziemianowicz
January 27, 2010
Superior acting, direction and design work — hallmarks of the first two segments of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” — are front and center in this final installment. The show is filled with riches. To his credit, Foote, who died last March, doesn’t tie things up with a pretty bow — rather with something more uncertain. The line that lingers near the end is a simple one: “A family is a remarkable thing, isn’t it?”  It is. So is this theatrical event. 

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle’ reaches a satisfying end <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_en_re/us_theater_review_orphans__home_cycle_2>
Associated Press
By Mike Kuchwara
January 26, 2010

The story of Horace Robedaux comes to an emotionally and theatrically satisfying conclusion in Part 3 of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” Horton Foote’s monumental, nine-hour saga of one man’s journey to adulthood.

After already having spent six hours with the man, Horace has, by this third collection of one acts, become an old friend. He anchors Foote’s intricately woven tapestry of life in fictional Harrison, Texas, during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Part 3, which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company, is called “The Story of a Family,” and is directed — like Parts 1 and 2 — by Michael Wilson with stunning clarity. Its themes are pretty much summed up by one of the characters in the evening’s second act: “A family is a remarkable thing, isn’t it? You belong. And then you don’t. It passes you by, unless you start a family of your own.”

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 3 – The Story of a Family’ <http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20339477,00.html>
Entertainment Weekly
By Melissa Rose Bernardo
January 26, 2010

A cloud of sadness looms over The Story of a Family, the third and final installment in The Orphans’ Home Cycle — and it’s palpable even before the play’s funereal beginning. It signals that Horton Foote’s sublime trilogy is coming to a close; these are

After nine hours of The Orphans’ Home Cycle, it seems ungrateful to want more: There are, after all, nine plays and three productions on display at Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre; director Michael Wilson and his 22-member cast have done remarkable work, imbuing Foote’s epic piece with a delicate intimacy.  Grade: A.

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle: Part 3’ <http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/82306/the-orphans-home-cycle-part-3-theater-review>

Horace Robedaux’s journey ends

Time Out New York
By David Cote
January 26, 2010
«««««  (out of five)

Before his death last year, Horton Foote finished condensing nine full-length, sequential dramas (written in the ’70s) into the nine-hour epic that we now know as the Orphans’ Home Cycle. But as the plays were boiled down to their essences, a rich and strange mutation occurred: Time became radically shortened. Events that should take about an hour of real stage time (a trip into town, a funeral, getting sick from influenza) now unfold in five or ten minutes, which ramps up drama and forces you to suspend disbelief.
So fine-tuned is the ensemble’s acting, and so precise is Michael Wilson’s direction, this temporal strangeness only heightens the complex pleasures of Foote’s melancholy masterpiece.

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle: Part 3 – The Story of a Marriage’ <http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-off-broadway/ny-review-the-orphans-home-cycle-part-three-1004062293.story>
By Erik Haagensen
January 26, 2010

“Don’t be too sure. Don’t be too sure about anything, Big Horace. Not anything in this world.” Horton Foote’s extraordinary nine-play saga, “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” ends with this plainspoken warning from one brother-in-law to another as a family sits down to dinner. Simple, perhaps even obvious words, and yet in Foote’s hands they are quietly shattering, taking on mythic dimension. Now that the end of the cycle has been reached, I’m happy to say that what I hoped for after seeing Part One is true: Foote’s final gift to the stage is glorious, an essential American masterwork.

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