The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

  • Date:
    May 1, 2006

    Written by: Herman Wouk
    Directed by: Jerry Zaks
    Cast: David Schwimmer, Zeljko Ivanek, Tim Daly, Terry Beaver, Murphy Guyer, Joe Sikora, Robert Devaney, Scott Ferrera, Ben Fox, Geoffrey Nauffts, Tom Nelis, Brian Reddy, Paul David Story, Peter Bradbury, Denis Butkus, Tom Gottlieb, Greg McFadden, Michael Quinlan, Brian Russell, Doug Stender.
    Synopsis: A courtroom suspense drama about a naval lieutenant on trial for mutiny in wartime.

    What the critics had to say.....

    BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says �It is just possible that a stint weighing a worker's compensation case could offer more thrills than this eye-glazing attempt to resurrect Herman Wouk's 1953 play.�

    CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "There is nothing in the popular theatre like a good old courtroom drama to get the adrenaline flowing, the interest held, the nails bitten and the mind expectant. 'The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,' has it working to a fare-thee-well."

    HOWARD KISSELL of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "It seems a shame the production doesn't make a more compelling case for the play. "

    MICHAEL SOMMERS of the STAR-LEDGER says "No raising "Caine" here: The revival flickers only intermittently at best."

    ELYSA GARDNER of USA TODAY says "David Schwimmer, the latest screen star to arrive on Broadway, is no dilettante when it comes to theater. But as the new revival of Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial makes plain, an impressive résumé does not guarantee a brilliant performance."

    JACQUES LE SOURD of THE JOURNAL NEWS says "It's as riveting as a reading of the 2006 tax code."

    ROBERT FELDBERG of the RECORD says "It's impossible to kill a good courtroom melodrama, but this revival inflicts severe wounds on Herman Wouk's hardy play."

    LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "Summer stock came early last night, when Jerry Zaks' mechanical revival of Herman Wouk's World War II warhorse."

    JUSTIN BERGMAN of the ASSOCIATED PRESS says "Were it not for Ivanek's portrayal of a tortured man slowly digging his own grave, the entire show would seem as flat as the pea green paint on the courtroom wall."

    FRANK SCHECK of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says "While this well-crafted courtroom drama still displays a thoughtful complexity in its depiction of the trial of a naval officer accused of mutiny, this fairly plodding version fails to bring the material to fresh life."

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