Friday, April 24, 2009

"The Norman Conquests" Conquers Broadway as the Critics Rave!

It’s 10 a.m. Do you know where theater fanatics are? Probably gearing up for the marathon -
the three-plays-in-one-day fun fest that is “The Norman Conquests.”

Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘73 trilogy about an incorrigible seducer - Norman, the horny librarian (Stephen Mangan) - just opened to glowing reviews at Broadway’s Circle in the Square. You can see it one play at a time, or immerse yourself in all three on a Saturday or Sunday. And while there are bathroom breaks aplenty, even die-hards pale at the prospect of too much of a good thing. (”The Coast of Utopia,” anyone?) No worries. Here’s how to enjoy nonstop “Norman.”

They knocked ‘em dead at the Old Vic Theatre in London last fall. Now the cast of the first Broadway revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy trilogy The Norman Conquests is ready to charm New York City. The critics raved! Here's all the reviews for your reading pleasure!!

Pictured to the right is Kevin Spacey who is the Artistic director at the Old Vic in London and also producer of this show reading the early review from the NY Times on his Blackberry and I think he likes what he's reading!

"The Norman Conquests":

[ T ] Alan Ayckbourn recalls ordeal of The Norman Conquests by Tim Walker
With his comic trilogy The Norman Conquests opening in New York next week, Alan Ayckbourn recalls its first performance in America, with Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Estelle Parsons and Carole Shelley. "Let's just say some of the performances were very good and some appalling," he says, none too diplomatically.
[ NYT ] Unrequited Lust, in Triplicate By BEN BRANTLEY
The topping, London-born revival of Alan Ayckbourn's "Norman Conquests" cripples you with laughter that shakes the body and, more subversively, fractures the soul.
[ NY ] Diary of a Marathon By Dan Kois
On seeing uproarious three-part farce The Norman Conquests in one M&M-fueled day.
[ DN ] 'The Norman Conquests' conquers B'way with laughter by Joe Dziemianowicz (*****)
[ AMNY ] Review of The Norman Conquests by Matt Windman (3.5 out of 4 Stars)
[ EW ] Review: The Norman Conquests By Melissa Rose Bernardo (A)
[ BN ] Spacey, 'Norman' Storm Broadway With Killer Comedy: John Simon
[ BR ] A comedic triple play BY ROBERT FELDBERG
Last Saturday, I had an Alan Ayckbourn immersion. And it was one of the most hilarious days and nights I've ever spent in a theater.
[ V ] The Norman ConquestsReview By DAVID ROONEY
Over seven hours of hilarious peaks and contemplative valleys, his 1973 trilogy "The Norman Conquests" delivers more laughs than ought to be legal while steadily expanding our perspective on the needling dissatisfaction beneath the comic chaos of his characters' lives.
[ WSJ ] Laugh and the World Cries With You By TERRY TEACHOUT
I'll be surprised if the 16 remaining marathon performances don't sell out in a matter of days, so get cracking.
Plus "Mary Stuart."
[ JN ] Alan Ayckbourn provides a triple dose of comedy in "The Norman Conquests" By Michael Kuchwara, The Associated Press
There's an astonishing triple-header happening at Circle in the Square, and you are advised to get in on the action quickly.
[ TB ] The Norman ConquestsReview by Matthew Murray
Rare indeed in the theatre - and certainly uncommon in recent Broadway memory - is the guilty-pleasure gut-buster that doesn't also leave you with pangs of remorse the morning after.
[ TIME ] Man of the Moment By Richard Zoglin
The new Norman Conquests is pitch-perfect. Can't anyone in America pick up the tune?
[ BS ] The Norman Conquests - Reviewed by ERIK HAAGENSEN
It's proving to be a stellar year for revivals on the Great White Way, but none packs as much comic punch as the Old Vic Theatre Company's splendid production of Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests."
[ TM ] The Norman ConquestsReviewed by: David Finkle
Alan Ayckbourn's rollicking trilogy about marital strife benefits from Matthew Warchus' assured direction and a superb ensemble.
[ HC ] A Long Day's Hilarity With 'Norman Conquests' By MALCOLM JOHNSON
[ R ] "Conquests" a brilliantly staged comic trilogy By Frank Scheck (Hollywood Reporter)
[ CU ] The Norman Conquests: Table Manners, Living Together, Round and Round the Garden
With the terrific British cast and director from the much lauded Old Vic production on board, the triptych is as hilarious and poignant as ever.
[ NY1 ] Review: "The Norman Conquests" By: Roma Torre
His in-the-round production adds yet another notch to a stellar career. In this triumphant "Norman Conquests", everyone wins.
[ TE ] The Norman Conquests Conquers B'way by OSCAR E MOORE
Playwright Alan Ayckbourn is a master of the intricate plot and complicated character relationships that will have you laughing out loud one minute and then contemplating the seriousness of it all the next.

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