Faith Healer

  • Date:
    May 1, 2006


    Written by: Brian Friel
    Directed by: Jonathan Kent
    Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones, Ian McDiarmid.
    Synopsis: Tells the tale of dissolute, charismatic Frank Hardy, his long-time lover and his devoted manager as they travel the back roads of Scotland and Wales peddling miracles. As the three wrestle with Hardy's genuine but elusive gift for healing, they ask potent questions about who we trust, what we know and why we believe.

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �A mesmerizing revival.�

    CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "This is an evening of the most wonderful theater."

    HOWARD KISSELL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "Extraordinary, unforgettable."

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "The production is classy but not especially compelling."

    ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "Ralph Fiennes delivers the nuanced intensity that makes him one of our most compelling stage and screen actors."

    JACQUES LE SOURD of THE JOURNAL NEWS says "The tale leaves you shaken, and impressed with some of the acting on view � particularly McDiarmid's amazing performance. But if you aren't fully rested, you might lapse into an inopportune slumber."

    ROBERT FELDBERG of THE RECORD says "An evocative, extremely intelligent play that offers a lot to chew on -- a drama that stirs the intellect, if not the heart."

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "A peculiar but mesmerizing evening."

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "Haunting, unsettling masterpiece of a play."

    FRANK SCHECK of THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER "Brian Friel's 'Faith Healer' is acknowledged as a modern classic, but it takes more than a little faith to sit through."

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