Frank Langella In Man And Boy: My Review

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No, it's not about NAMBLA. Shut up.

It's a 1961 Terence Rattigan play set in the Village in 1934, about a Ponzi schemer and all-around fraud who uses his son as a pawn against his gay financial opponent, whom he calls "that silly, pink-faced old fairy!"

It's pretty racy stuff -- the man will stop at nothing, even gay baiting, while admitting, "Love is a commodity I can't afford" -- and the play's financial shenanigans seem very current in the age of Bernie Madoff, especially when you consider the suicide of Madoff's son.

Despite all that, for a lot of Act One, Man and Boy comes off stuffy and talky.

It's a one-set play with nonstop gab -- definitely not for the ADD crowd.

Fortunately, the fraudulent financier is played by three-time Tony winner Frank Langella, who brings a hint of his Nixon and a touch of his Dracula to the snakelike con man who is only reminded of conscience when his righteously appalled son is in the room.

And Zach Grenier is terrific as his pink-faced enemy, adding character flourishes that make the wheelings and dealings believable.

Best of all, it's refreshing to see a play that never gets revived -- even if you can see just why that might be.


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7 comments
Barkley
Barkley

Isn't he gay?  Not out, 'though.  He's so gay in "Diary of a Mad Housewife", hot back then, too. 

janecollins
janecollins

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Ynnocence
Ynnocence

He should have won a statuette for Frost/Nixon! When I saw Milk and The Wrestler again, Pacino and Rourke, for all their efforts, were just always a league or two behind Langella. (The musical analogy that came to mind was: Pacino, Broadway musical; Rourke, heavy metal; Langella, bel-canto opera - looks easy but can only be done after decades of training.) Sure, he's got his Tonys, but he also did deserve an Oscar at least that one time.

Sausalito
Sausalito

Your reviews are more succinct than the other ones out there. Thank you.

Abel
Abel

How odd.  I just finished reading this play but had no idea it was being done anywhere.  Thanks for reporting this.

Sausalito
Sausalito

That would be news  to Whoopi Goldberg.

Barkley
Barkley

He's also hot and semi-nude with Rebecca DeMornay in the hoopy "And God Created Woman".  I don't think the Whoopi Goldberg thing was real.

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