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TO BE OR NOT TO BE
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

NOT TO BE
By ROGER B. HARRIS
Published October 21 2008

  Jan Maxwell and David Rasche/PH:Sara Krulwich

The Manhattan Theatre Club's production of To Be Or Not To Be will close at the end of its subscription run on November 16. An extra week of performances optimistically penciled in through November 23 will not be necessary.

The play written by Nick Whitby and directed by Casey Nicholaw, is based on Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 dark comedy of the same name. It starred Jack Benny and Carole Lombard as leading members of a Polish theatrical company in 1939, who dupe the Nazi occupiers.

The cast includes David Rasche , Jan Maxwell, Peter Maloney, Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Michael McCarty, Kristine Nielsen, Brandon Perler, Rocco Sisto, Jimmy Smagula, and Marina Squerciati.

The critics didn't see much in the production. Writing for theaternewsonline, reviewer Bill Stevenson summed it up in a nutshell: "The actors strain for laughs, but seldom get them." Hard sledding for a comedy.

 


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