Coram Boy

  • Date:
    May 1, 2007

    What the press had to say.....

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD of THE NEW YORK TIMES: �More dutiful appreciation than passionate excitement... Big and broad, for sure, the play is anything but deep.

    JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: "I saw 'Coram Boy' last year in London and was quite taken. It is still beautiful, but has lost some power and magic."

    CLIVE BARNES of THe NEW YORK POST: "Absurdity chases absurdity in a not particularly well-acted melodrama."

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER: "Two-hour and 45-minute barrage of British gloom and ghoulishness somewhat preposterous and really not much fun."

    JACQUES LE SOURD of the JOURNAL NEWS: "Leaves you feeling like a goose that has been force-fed to make foie gras. In other words, it's torture."

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY: "Full of honorable intentions but muddled with "Masterpiece Theatre"

    ROBERT FELDBERG of the RECORD: "You could call 'Coram Boy' Dickensian, if Dickens wrote in cliches and didn't give a tuppence about characterization."

    ERIC GRODE of the NEW YORK SUN: "Ms. Still and her enormously talented cast and crew have created a joyful, thunderous pageant that warrants a hallelujah."

    JOHN SIMON of BLOOMBERG: "What comes out of the marriage of two dubious genres, the young adult novel and the melodrama? A pretentious, elephantine bore called 'Coram Boy.' "

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of ASSOCIATED PRESS: ""There is a dreamlike quality to Still's fluid, graceful staging. And like all potent dreams, her vision � and that includes her overseeing of those celestial musical voices � remains vivid long after the tumultuous events depicted in 'Coram Boy' are over."

    FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: "Despite all the powerful emotions being conveyed onstage, we are left strangely unmoved."

    DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY: "Still's mix of broad-strokes, elementary "Masterpiece Theatre" storytelling with stylized tricks feels lumpy and disharmonious. Commendable as it is for its ambition, 'Coram Boy' is overwrought melodrama steeped in sentimentality. "

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