Hit & Miss…

To Kill A Mockingbird soars.

The play is that good.

If you see one show on Broadway this season, you must see this spellbinding drama.

Harper Lee’s classic novel is deftly adapted for the Broadway stage by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin.

The cast is phenomenal.

Jeff Daniels is commanding as Atticus Finch, a towering symbol of integrity and righteousness.

Celia Keenan-Bolger is remarkable, bringing Scout to life with youthful innocence and a compassionate and insightful mind.

Calpurnia, played by the powerful LaTanya Richardson Jackson, is the voice of reason.

Despite the adults who brought 2 Fairway grocery bags filled with food to sustain them during the epic 2 hours and 35 minute play, a hearing impaired senior who loudly verbalized her feelings every time a racial remark was made and a 10 year-old who jumped up when Scout moved around on stage, nothing could distract us from the other riveting  drama unfolding in front of us.

I went home, had a martini and reread the novel.

Conversely, The Great Society, the sequel to All The Way, is a ponderous, one note, overwrought play.

Brisn Cox who is a commanding presence in Succession on HBO is a bore…where is Bryan Cranston when you need him?!

Cranston played LBJ in All The Way and won a Tony for his compelling performance.

The play spans the years LBJ served as president, 1965-1968.

I left unfulfilled and annoyed that I had to pay for mediocrity.

As with life, you have to take the good with the bad.

To Kill A Mockingbird Schubert Theatre 225 West 44th Street  New York City. Jeff Daniels is replaced by Ed Harris beginning November 5th.

The Great Society Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center 150 West 65th Street New York City. 12 week limited engagement.

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