Broadway Review: Man And Boy
|Frank Langella and Adam Driver in Man And Boy|
photo: Sara Krulwich, NY Times
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On September 14th at the American Airlines Theatre, I watched Frank Langella rule the stage in Man and Boy. The setting is a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, NY, on a fall evening in 1934. Langella was soo good, I forgot he was on a stage. I felt genuine pity for his character Gregor Antonescu, the mastermind behind a Ponzi scheme that was about to put him in jail or perhaps not. Gregor chose money over everything and he was about to pay a prize for it.
Man And Boy is a devastating play that reveals humanity in a man who seems a monster to his family and the world. With his wit, he scammed everyone, including Basil, his son——played by Adam Driver. For a minute there, it seemed that he would be getting away with his cruelty, like he had in the past. I found the play incredibly emotional and the cast excellent.