FENCES

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

    What the popular press said...

    "Vibrantly acted."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "Tendency to overemphasize the play's inherent soapiness."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Keeps audiences on the edge of their seats."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "Washington may not portray Troy's spiritual quandaries as completely or hauntingly as others have, he makes his story compelling."
    Elysa Gardner for USA Today

    "Denzel Washington also hits a home run with a richly textured, Tony-worthy performance."
    David Cote for Time Out NY

    "Kenny Leon’s direction weaves all these outstanding elements into a seamless whole."
    John Simon for Bloomberg

    "It's a deeply moving, hugely satisfying evening of theater."
    Erik Haagensen for Back Stage

    "Without a commanding performance by the actor playing Maxson (Washington), the drama's weaknesses — the whiff of soap opera, moments of sentimentality – become more evident."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "Denzel Washington.... acquits himself well in this blistering revival."
    Michael Kuchwara for Associated Press

    "Superb revival."
    Frank Scheck for Hollywood Reporter

    " 'Fences,' August Wilson's 1987 drama, ..., is a masterpiece, and this meticulously mounted production does it proud."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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