Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekly Margin, 2018 W15: Lobby Hero

4/13/18: Lobby Hero
What: Second Stage finally has a Broadway house in the newly renovated Hayes Theater, and commemorates it with a revival of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero, a play about what we're willing to sacrifice - career, family, friendship, integrity - to get what we want.
And? Lonergan is not a playwright I particularly care for, but this is probably the work of his I hate the least. The cast is good, including the Hollywood guests (Michael Cera is surprisingly well cast as Jeff; and Chris Evans is actually pretty great as Bill, and doesn't try to charm his way around his unlikeable character), with Brian Tyree Henry a particular standout as the upright William with a moral dilemma.

Brian Tyree Henry, Bel Powley, Michael Cera, and Chris Evans as
William, Dawn, Jeff, and Bill. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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