Of Mice and Men

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

    "The presentation is lucid, stately and neutral. Such traits might make this revival an excellent audiovisual aid for middle-school instructors who are teaching Steinbeck’s novella. Habitual theatergoers, though, shouldn’t expect the kind of revivifying interpretation that makes revisiting a classic feel essential."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "He (James Franco) deserves an appreciative nod for his Broadway debut in 'Of Mice and Men'. The '127 Hours' Oscar nominee and Chris O’Dowd do first-rate work in this stirring revival."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "Lennie’s combination of childlike innocence and prodigious strength leads to a tragedy that — decades after Steinbeck wrote it in 1937 — hasn’t lost an ounce of intensity."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "The story is told dutifully, as befits a classic, but with very little dramatic power. It's thin and antiseptic, rather than plunging into the grim, dusty, forlorn world of the Depression."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "Director Anna D. Shapiro's deeply respectful take on the 1937 play is gripping, grounded and emotionally penetrating."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "James Franco and Chris O’Dowd may be the big draws (and well deserving of all their kudos) in this emotionally devastating revival of John Steinbeck’s 'Of Mice and Men'. But the other star of the show is helmer Anna D. Shapiro, who turns in an impeccably mounted production without a single blemish."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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