The Philanthropist

  • Date:
    April 1, 2009

    "a moribund revival.., is like being stuck in a stuffy room with a bunch of pompous, malicious or dreary writers and academics."
    Charles Isherwood
    New York Times

    "it's hard to be generous about this zzzz-inducing Roundabout revival, which fails to flatter its star, director or the play."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "It's baffling to see marquee names.., land with such a resounding thud. And yet here we are, scratching our heads in bored disbelief.
    Elisabeth Vincentelli
    New York Post

    "No matter how dry the wit Hampton provides, Broderick is cold rain on the kindling. No sparks ignite."
    John Simon
    Bloomberg

    "whatever possessed the Roundabout Theatre Company to revive this mild little British satire about apathy"
    Linda Winner
    NewsDay

    "like playing word games with a group of unpleasant new acquaintances."
    David Sheward
    Back Stage

    "Good-heartedness has seldom been less compelling."
    Robert Feldberg
    The Record

    "sleepy revival"
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    "the play sits inertly, its poignancy lost and its clever dialogue hollowed into empty banter"
    David Rooney
    Variety