Broadway Openings: “Storefront Church” & “Medieval Play”

Josh Hamilton & Tate Donovan in “Medieval Play”. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Pulitzer and Tony-winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck) finishes his trilogy of church & state plays with a comedy/drama about disparate residents of the Bronx thrown together during foreclosure proceedings on a family home.

“…unwieldy but affecting new play…” New York Times

“But don’t go to John Patrick Shanley’s new play expecting ripped-from-the-headlines realism. This is more of a melancholy fable, or maybe a twisted fairy tale.” New York Post

“…wordy, unfocused and unresolved.” Variety

“…the intense drama about several related crises of faith opened in a quirky yet searing production…” Associated Press

Mizer’s Two Cents:  While the central conflict is not entirely persuasive, the play is filled out with such endearing, moving supporting work (particularly from the heartbreakingly funny Zach Grenier) that I was happy to spend time in this world. And in a cynical age where most plays underline our personal/global inability to communicate, that Shanley reaches for a sense of collective hope and reconciliation (and silence) feels quietly revolutionary. See it if you want to watch a top notch cast engage with a problematic, searching script.

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