The Columnist

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    April 1, 2012

    What the popular press said...

    "Director Daniel Sullivan ... and a very good cast ... do their best to bring flesh to what remains essentially an annotated outline."
    Ben Brantley for NY Times

    "A disappointingly soggy drama."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for NY Daily News

    "Is as pulse-quickening as a wire dispatch about gardening controversies."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "Under Daniel Sullivan’s unerring direction, John Lithgow delivers a riveting turn in the title role of this crackling entertainment."
    Erik Haagensen for Back Stage

    "Not the most dynamic drama you'll ever see. ... Lithgow's performance makes the columnist fascinating, but not that compelling."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "As written and performed, it's an excellent character study even if it doesn't make the best theatre."
    Roma Torre for NY1

    "Lithgow’s vivid artistry helps to make Alsop into excellent company even when the playwright’s material runs thin."
    Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

    "Many of the elements are in place for a satisfying drama, but The Columnist doesn’t quite nail it, suggesting that it could use further work."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "Supported by a solid cast, Lithgow finds the humanity in this irascible, obsessive and quite unlikable demigod. But neither he nor helmer Daniel Sullivan can do the impossible: manufacture a play out of the scattered events of Auburn's well-articulated but loosely structured scenes."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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