Previews: 01/11/09- Close: 02/07/09
Reviewed for TheaterOnline.com By: Ashley Griffin
Seven truths about 23 Knives:
Truth #2: 23 Knives was one of most satisfying evenings in the theater I have had for a long time.
Truth #3: The cast was remarkable. Each member of the five-person ensemble was wonderful, and meeting each character was like taking out and enjoying a new jewel in a box of precious gems.
Truth #4: As wonderful as the cast was, the performance of Todd Alan Crain as Janus stood out, and stayed with me long after I’d left the theater. A brilliant cross between Marc St. James from “Ugly Betty” and Samwise Gamgee from “The Lord of the Rings,” Crain made me laugh out loud and broke my heart – and the devastating twist regarding his character made me gasp out loud in the theater.
Truth #6: The design elements worked beautifully. Sarah B. Brown’s sets managed to give the feeling of being in an epic Roman palace while retaining the wonderful intimacy of the Clurman Theater. The scenic design, paired with Pamela Kupper’s simple and lovely lighting, made for times when I actually saw a vibrant sunset or the crowds gathered just outside of the palace walls, even though no such images were literally depicted. Director Eric Parness kept the tension constant, while keeping the action simple. The only possible complaint might be that the cues seemed to be called a hair too early at times in the second act.
Clurman Theater (Theater Row) : 410 W 42nd St