Boy's Life

  • Date:
    October 1, 2008


    What the press had to say.....

    "Slight comedy." & "The play feels like virtually any episode of any sitcom. There are a few chuckles, however, and the surefooted staging by Michael Greif gets a boost from the novel scenic design (sets by Mark Wendland are inside big movable boxes) and two very charismatic performances. Both Coiro and Scanavino ooze personality and the story snaps to life whenever they're onstage."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "Like the overgrown male children at its core, Howard Korder's 1988 "Boys' Life" has an immaturity it can't quite overcome.... lacks the depth to make it truly interesting. "
    Frank Scheck
    New York Post

    "Populated by good actors and staged by Michael Greif, admirable director of 'Rent' and 'Grey Gardens,' among many other excellent productions. But darned if 'Boys' Life' doesn't just lie there like a frat brother out cold after a keg party. "
    Michael Sommers
    Star-Ledger

    "The set changes are a lot of fun. When there is more energy and originality between the scenes than in them, however, one is left wondering, yet again, about the theater's fascination with grown men who - insert obligatory dirty word here - just don't wanna grow up. "
    Linda Winer
    NewsDay

    "Three characters staggering to heaven knows where, in a dramaturgy of calculated indeterminacy."
    John Simon
    Bloomberg

    "That brilliant director Michael Greif and his able cast find the grace notes of complexity in the raw sexual comedy."
    David Sheward
    Back Stage

    "The 90-minute panorama of male narcissism is entertaining, if not terribly deep." & "It�s pretty weak, and unconvincing, but in the slightly exaggerated, partly satirical comic world of �Boys� Life,� it�s not a deal-breaker."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "The production is as slick as it needs to be. But the play doesn't stand up. Its illustration of protracted adolescence, sexual predatoriness, selfishness, emotional insecurity and competitiveness no longer has anything fresh to teach us. And its caustic, quippish dialogue is more often glib than funny."
    David Rooney
    Variety