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Photo Coverage: 'NORMAN' Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway!

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Wall Street Journal - “This 1973 triptych of plays about the travails of a suburban family is one of the 20th century’s comic masterpieces, and the Old Vic’s production is as good a staging as you’re likely to see in your lifetime.”

New York Times - “For in its impeccably natural portrayal of tales of ordinary misery, “Conquests” suggests nothing so much as Chekhov pumped full of nitrous oxide. Like “The Seagull” it is built on one of the wonderful paradoxes of theater: deeply unhappy people can generate profound happiness in audiences allowed to eavesdrop on their lives.”

Hollywood Reporter - “Shifting effortlessly from broad farce to Chekhovian poignancy, the plays feature not only an endless series of hilarious one-liners but also some of the most brilliant physical clowning to be seen on Broadway. But despite all the hilarity, we’re constantly reminded of the humanity of the characters — even Norman, who remains wonderfully endearing despite his utterly amoral behavior.”

Bloomberg - “The six actors — Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root — could not be better, and Matthew Warchus (of “Boeing-Boeing” and “God of Carnage” fame) conclusively establishes himself as one of our era’s supreme farce directors. Production values are up to snuff, notably Rob Howell’s costumes and David Howe’s lighting, and the writing is consistently superb”


Variety - “There’s no such lack of audience fulfillment in the richly rewarding revival transferring from London’s Old Vic, its structural ingenuity matched by an exceptional cast and by the supple modulations of Matthew Warchus’ direction.”

Post - “A merry British sprite has been sprinkling magic dust all over Broad way. No, it’s not Mary Poppins: It’s Matthew Warchus. After last season’s “Boeing-Boeing” and, more recently, “God of Carnage,” the director’s just spun comic gold out of another good-not-great play.”

NY1 - “Seldom has a comedy crossed our shores that produced the kind of gut splitting laughter heard in Alan Ayckbourn’s masterful “The Norman Conquests.” I’d have to go back to the original “Noises Off” on Broadway to recall such a comically consummate production. It’s three separate plays that can stand alone or be seen back to back. But I recommend seeing all three because it’s the only way to appreciate the ingeniousness of the thing and it’s three times the fun.”

New York magazine - “Over peanut M&M’s, my new date explains that he feels a bit left out; much of the audience keeps laughing for seemingly no reason as jokes initially made three hours earlier unexpectedly pay off. He likes the play just fine, he just feels like he’s missing the best bits.”

Associated Press - “Ayckbourn’s dialogue crackles with the wit of fine British drawing-room comedy, often stinging but anchored in the sharp observations of a playwright who has a generous, forgiving heart for human frailty. Well, at least for everyone except Norman. And, not unexpectedly, a feeling of Chekhovian sadness, floats over the proceedings, too, a realization that life most often doesn’t turn out the way you want it to.”

amNewYork - “Matthew Warchus, who also directed “God of Carnage” and “Boeing-Boeing,” is truly a master when it comes to staging comedy. And in this absolutely hysterical in-the-round production with an impeccable cast, “The Norman Conquests” turns out to be one of the most rewarding theatrical experiences in an already overstuffed spring season on Broadway.”


Time - “The Norman Conquests is so damned funny (though grounded, as Ayckbourn’s comedy always is, in real human emotion) that it may simply perpetuate the misconception of Ayckbourn as a skilled boulevard entertainer. Which would leave American audiences still largely ignorant of the astonishing body of work by — controversial-pronouncement alert! — the greatest living English-language playwright.”
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- grumpygit   Jessica Hynes... Let's Play!   Jul 29 2008, 08:16 PM
- - grumpygit   Double post meh! Times Online article Space...   Sep 6 2008, 06:55 PM
- - CazBag   Win tickets to see it from The Guardian.   Sep 15 2008, 01:14 PM
- - Rebus   QUOTE (grumpygit @ Sep 7 2008, 05:55 AM)Doubl...   Sep 16 2008, 09:36 AM
- - grumpygit   ^ Sorry about that. I should have read it properly...   Sep 16 2008, 10:46 AM
- - grumpygit   BBC News article Old Vic goes round for trilogy   Sep 26 2008, 04:11 PM
- - Zoe   Blimey, that Times interview is... interesting QU...   Sep 26 2008, 04:45 PM
|- - psychic_house_hunter   QUOTE (Zoe @ Sep 26 2008, 05:45 PM)Blimey, th...   Sep 26 2008, 07:18 PM
- - grumpygit   Listening to Jonathan Ross radio podcast and this ...   Sep 28 2008, 10:05 PM
- - Everlong   I love how Jessica slipped 'What a Prick' ...   Oct 1 2008, 05:42 PM
- - grumpygit   ^Yes, well said Jessica. Moving on.. Here are so...   Oct 1 2008, 05:53 PM
- - grumpygit   Review from the Telegraph QUOTE A warm and glowin...   Oct 7 2008, 12:52 PM
- - Zoe   Went to see 'Round and Round the Garden' t...   Oct 9 2008, 12:28 AM
- - grumpygit   Came across this radio 4 Midweek show from 01 Oct...   Oct 10 2008, 07:35 PM
- - Outatime   When I rang to get tickets this morning I was told...   Oct 15 2008, 12:37 PM
- - grumpygit   QUOTE (Outatime @ Oct 15 2008, 01:37 PM) ...   Oct 23 2008, 11:31 AM
- - grumpygit   Living Together last week was great. I saw Round ...   Nov 6 2008, 03:21 PM
- - grumpygit   2009 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awa...   Dec 9 2008, 08:28 PM
- - psychic_house_hunter   I really hope this is ok to post here. JessicaHyn...   Jan 12 2009, 11:13 AM
- - grumpygit   Direct from Sold-Out London Run, THE NORMAN CONQUE...   Feb 2 2009, 08:04 PM
- - psychic_house_hunter   I just wanted post again to let everyone know that...   Feb 6 2009, 12:20 PM
- - grumpygit   Tickets on sale now.   Feb 23 2009, 10:36 PM
- - grumpygit   THE NORMAN CONQUESTS - Meets the Press (Scroll do...   Apr 4 2009, 01:58 PM
- - grumpygit   ^Too late to edit above post. More photos here - T...   Apr 4 2009, 03:26 PM
- - grumpygit   These interviews from yesterday. PIX11 Morning Ne...   Apr 8 2009, 07:12 PM
- - grumpygit   Nice article about the cast at broadway.com Six Pa...   Apr 17 2009, 06:50 PM
- - grumpygit   Photo Coverage: 'NORMAN' Celebrates Openin...   Apr 25 2009, 03:20 PM
- - grumpygit   7th consecutive post? Must be a record. Anyway, h...   Apr 26 2009, 09:22 PM
- - AusChick   QUOTE (grumpygit @ Apr 27 2009, 07:22 AM)...   Apr 27 2009, 08:15 AM
- - sweetbutinsane   I think I got about 10 in the Quiz Show thread bef...   Apr 27 2009, 10:59 AM
- - grumpygit   2009 Tony Award Nominations Announced. Seven nomi...   May 5 2009, 03:29 PM
- - omni   Congrats to Jess for her nomination!!   May 5 2009, 04:26 PM
- - widowspider   Well done Jess! If we see you again, we'll...   May 5 2009, 04:43 PM
|- - omni   QUOTE (widowspider @ May 5 2009, 12:43 PM...   May 5 2009, 07:41 PM
|- - widowspider   QUOTE (omni @ May 5 2009, 08:41 PM) We ne...   May 5 2009, 08:05 PM
- - grumpygit   ^A Spaced Out stake out, I like. Playbill News...   May 6 2009, 07:48 PM
- - grumpygit   54th Annual Drama Desk Awards presented on May 17t...   May 19 2009, 07:05 PM
- - grumpygit   Tony Night Schedule at TonyAwards.com Sunday 7th. ...   Jun 5 2009, 05:29 PM
- - widowspider   I hope Jess wins!   Jun 5 2009, 07:07 PM
- - grumpygit   ^Seconded. Just saw this update on Kevin Spacey...   Jun 5 2009, 08:39 PM
- - grumpygit   Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play? ...   Jun 8 2009, 12:43 AM
|- - PrincessKate   QUOTE (grumpygit @ Jun 8 2009, 01:43 AM) ...   Jun 9 2009, 06:55 AM
- - grumpygit   WINNER - Best Revival of a Play.   Jun 8 2009, 02:29 AM
- - grumpygit   Some after show interviews with the cast at tonyaw...   Jun 8 2009, 09:41 PM
- - grumpygit   QUOTE 1. She's a national treasure Isn't ...   Jun 9 2009, 11:03 PM
- - logger   Funnily enough, Nic Cage has been in both of them.   Jun 9 2009, 11:06 PM
|- - PrincessKate   QUOTE (logger @ Jun 10 2009, 12:06 AM) Fu...   Jun 10 2009, 06:42 AM
- - logger   You wish.   Jun 10 2009, 10:46 AM
- - grumpygit   Broadway.com Conquering a three performance day w...   Jun 12 2009, 08:00 AM
- - grumpygit   The Norman Conquests Adds Closing Day Trilogy July...   Jun 18 2009, 03:59 PM
- - grumpygit   Broadway Tears of Joy QUOTE Today we interviewed ...   Jul 17 2009, 11:20 AM
- - grumpygit   QUOTE Stay tuned for the full interview. The Norm...   Jul 17 2009, 02:42 PM
- - grumpygit   2009 Tony Awards: What It Feels Like to Be Nominat...   Jul 21 2009, 02:22 PM


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