Between Riverside and Crazy

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    July 1, 2014

    What the popular press said...

    "Between Riverside and Crazy, which features a superb cast led by Stephen McKinley Henderson and directed by Austin Pendleton, shows no signs of backsliding by its author...I’d locate it somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "Austin Pendleton has always been an actor’s director, and he comes through here with a taut production and a dream ensemble to play Guirgis’s colorful and quirky characters.."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

    "Directed by Austin Pendleton, the show strains only when it doesn’t know where to stop — as with Walt Spangler’s set, which rotates distractingly, or with a baffling encounter with a Brazilian church lady (Liza Colón-Zayas), whose magical-realist powers include giving Walter a sexy, sacrilegious Jim Beam baptism."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "What a wonderful new play has opened Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, right in the dead of summer and without the kind of movie-star names that would catapult it directly to Broadway. But this is a genuine original, one that deserves to be seen by anyone hungry for a smart, exuberantly funny urban dramedy with a spirit as shrewd and forgiving as its motor-mouth language is wild and lush."
    Linda Winner for Newsday

    "Between Riverside and Crazy is quite possibly his most accomplished piece to date. And compared to his other street operas, it's almost cuddly in its intimate family-living backdrop. In this case, cuddly also entails booze, drugs, and prostitutes. "
    Jason Clark for Entertainment Weekly

    "...Austin Pendleton's animated but sensitive direction, and a cast that includes, in addition to a predictably sublime Henderson, a vigorously convincing Ray Anthony Thomas as Junior and a vibrant Liza Colón-Zayas as a mysterious, sensual "Church Lady" who becomes an unexpected (and at one point hilarious) source of light in Pops' life."
    Elysa Gardner for USA Today

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