Broadway Bound | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 31 2011
Price: $35-$68
This high-gloss revival of Neil Simon's 1986 play features a stellar cast led by Carmen Roman and Mike Nussbaum. Still, it feels long, and scenes that should move us to tears--as when the main character dances with his mother--only made me shift in my seat. Simon's account of two brothers determined to get a foothold in the early days of television is the weakest piece of an autobiographical trilogy that also includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, and its flaws have never seemed so apparent. David New's paint-by-numbers production lacks fire. We never feel in our guts how desperate the brothers are to break out of their lower-middle-class life, or how trapped their parents and grandparents feel. Without that yearning for something better, the show just creeps along. --Jack Helbig



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