A Free Man of Color

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    November 1, 2010

    "It remains seriously overweight. And there doesn’t seem to be even a fully articulated skeleton beneath its opulent bulk."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "A spectacular folly has just crash."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "A sprawling, frequently messy play, it jolts from stylized comedy to satire to funereal dirge with little regard for the discomfort of a bumpy ride."
    Jeremy Gerard for Bloomberg

    "The result of a collision is usually painful and messy, and that's certainly the case at the Vivian Beaumont, despite the lavish and loving production."
    Erik Haagensen for Back Stage

    "The play, which furiously flaps its wings under the hectic direction of George C. Wolfe, never gets off the ground."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "Often shrill and scattered, but it’s hardly ever dull."
    David Cote for Time Out New York

    "Complex, chaotic and teeming with detail, the sprawling play and its pell-mell production are sure to bewilder some viewers as much as they certainly will fascinate others."
    Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

    "TThe production is a banquet of too much rich food that allows a pause for digestion only when the diner is over-satiated and exhausted."
    David Rooney for Hollywood Reporter

    "Despite some dazzling writing, spectacular stage effects, a cast of thousands, and a lavish production budget, much of Guare's ambitious work is reduced to a busy bore. ."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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