Broadway lights go up in post-Sandy NYC
A line of ticket-buyers wait at the TKTS booth, which sells discount tickets to Broadway shows, in New York's Times Square on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Most Broadway theaters were reopening Wednesday for regular matinee and evening performances following several days of closures related to superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
I'm still working on this review, but can you send some shots. It opens tonight. http://www.boneaubryanbrown.com/show/The_Heiress/ log in: press password: press The latest revival of "The Heiress" has done the near impossible — it's drained the light from one of the most luminous actresses working today. In a good way. Jessica Chastain, that ravishing redhead with the milky skin who shot of dose of bubbly charm to the film The Help, turns almost ghoulish in the title role at the Walter Kerr Theatre, just in time for Halloween. It opened Thursday. Chastain had her work cut out for her playing the "dull" and "plain" Henry James heroine forced to choose between a suitor and her father, but the actress has seemingly scrubbed all beauty from her face and voice. What's left is a skittish woman with hollow eyes who is a simply horrible hostess and speaks in a dull monotone. Full credit goes to Chastsin, who has buried herself in fugly to play one of theater's more formidable proto-feminist roles. The men on her life — David Strathairn plays her father and Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" — aren't too shabby either, each turning in performances that are complex and sympathetic. Neither actor, under the superb, subtle direction of Moises Kaufman, emerges as a straw man. Strathairn's disapointment is heavy and laced with sadness, while Stevens' makes sure his love of the heiress and of fine things is not mutually exclusive. in a rich, wonderfully acted production that stresses heartbreakingly
NEW YORK (AP) — The lights went up again on Broadway Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit New York, as entertainers headed back to work in a city still wracked by power-outages and a suspended subway system.
Though some Broadway shows, including Disney's "Mary Poppins" and "The Lion King" remained dark Wednesday night, the curtain was to rise for many of the other 38 shows, including "Cyrano De Bergerac." Patrick Page, who plays the villain Comte de Guiche in the production, was heading back to the theater for a matinee performance, even if he was unsure if there would be anyone in the seats.
"Broadway is as important an icon of New York City as the subways, so to get back to work is a sign that we can bounce back," he said. "This has been such a tough time for so many and it's vital that we show the lights are on and there's great work being done onstage."
Page said he spent a restless time off in his Upper West Side neighborhood, worried about his in-laws along the New Jersey shore — he is married to actress and TV personality Paige Davis. He said he checked Facebook to find out how friends were fairing, obsessively watched the news and went out to check that neighbors had ridden out the storm.