Trumpery

  • Date:
    December 1, 2007

    "While it is ultimately more admirable, than exciting, �Trumpery� rarely feels like a simple lecture." & "This climactic encounter, unfortunately, is overwritten and overexplicit. As Darwin and Wallace trade ideas about the nature of mankind and propound personal credos, they begin to sound increasingly, well, pontifical." & "Overly tailored work of a dramatist imposing a clean, calculated order on the unruly business of natural life."
    Charles Isherwood
    New York Times

    "Director David Esbjornson's production is lethargic. Cristofer plays Darwin like he's a tragic hero from a Shakespeare play."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "There are fascinating ideas here and Parnell makes good use of biographical detail in attempting to portray the private life of a notable man. Unfortunately, his script is too cliche-ridden and obviously sentimental to add much to the evolution vs. intelligent design discussion."
    Julie Reed
    Associated Press

    "Swept along by the taut dramaturgy, the propulsive direction and, above all, Cristofer's forceful characterization." & "It does make damned effective theater."
    Marilyn Stasio
    Variety