Highlight: It’s nice to get to see Close, who, her movie-star fame aside, is also a three-time Tony winner, onstage again for the first time since she did Sunset Boulevard 20 years ago.
Lowlight: Almost everything about the production—the overly ornate set, the unattractive costumes that make Close look dumpy, the stodgy direction—seems to be trying too hard.
Highlight: Nathan Lane, who is hilarious even when he’s just standing still—and yet who seems as generous when it comes to sharing the laughs with his fellow actors as he is about giving them to the audience.
Lowlight: Some of McNally’s new zingers seem a little mean-spirited.
Highlight: McGregor has done lots of theater in London but this is his Broadway debut and it proves worth the wait. It’s also fun to see Nixon, who played Henry’s daughter in Mike Nichols' 1984 production, get the chance to appear as Henry’s wife in this one.
Lowlight: The annoying music that plays between scene changes and that adds absolutely nothing to the experience of seeing the show.
Highlight: See above. Jackson is congenitally charismatic, even when he's just cleaning fish. And it’s also great that the up-and-coming Nigerian- British actress Cush Jumbo has been cast as the girlfriend, even though there’s no mention of race at all.
Lowlight: I like a good intellectual challenge as much as the next theatergoer—maybe more—but, despite the nimble staging of director Ian Rickson, the murkiness of this play is ultimately frustrating.