Shining City

  • Date:
    May 1, 2006

    Written by: Conor McPherson
    Directed by: Robert Falls
    Cast: Oliver Platt, Br�an F. O�Byrne, Martha Plimpton and Peter Scanavino.
    Synopsis: Focuses on a guilt-ridden man who visits a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. What starts out as an everyday exchange becomes a gripping struggle to survive � a struggle that will change both men for the rest of their lives.

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �Quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play.�

    CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "We're offered snippets of stories that never quite hang together and never quite make sense. They're presumably meant to illuminate characters which, unfolding before us, provide a meaningful dramatic experience. They don't."

    HOWARD KISSELL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "Despite the wonderful cast and Robert Falls' sensitive direction, 'Shining City' never quite jells."

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "An artful, absorbing new drama about two men deeply haunted by their actions."

    JACQUES LE SOURD of THE JOURNAL NEWS says "Everything is right about 'Shining City,' Conor McPherson's fantastic new play."

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "The play, recounts clumsy attempts at intimacy by lonely but not especially interesting people."

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "McPherson has written a small, carefully calibrated tale that requires delicate handling. Fortunately, it has been given a scrupulous production by Manhattan Theatre Club."

    FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "The interplay between these two troubled souls forms the heart of this alternately amusing and deeply moving work."

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