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The Royal Family

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The Royal Family, Samuel J Friedman Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Samuel J Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

3 hrs.
2 Intermissions
Important Dates
Sep 15, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
Dec 13, 2009
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Critics’ Reviews

"The Royal Family is suffused with the radiance of pure, inexhaustible love of an ancient craft. The passion at the play's heart is forever. You may find yourself moved to tears. Rosemary Harris and Jan Maxwell are giving the kind of performance that turn agnostics into true believers. It's something close to a miracle."

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times

"Effervescent! This comedy is graced with a terrific collection of actors. Jan Maxwell hilariously raises neurotic indecision to a fine art. Reg Rogers is wonderful. Ana Gasteyer is supremely comic. Director Doug Hughes never lets any of the actors descend into cartoons, which makes the play's ending all the more poignant."

Review by Michael Kuchwara from Associated Press

"The Royal Family is royal inside-theater delight. There are many pleasures in Doug Hughes' sumptuous joy of a revival. The legendary Rosemary Harris gives a thrilling and ravishing performance. Hughes clearly knows that comedy is serious business."

Review by Linda Winer from Newsday

"A fine showcase for two marvelous actresses, Jan Maxwell and Rosemary Harris. They are a joy to behold. Maxwell's elegant, high-cheekboned beauty and comic dexterity suit the part perfectly. it's imposible to imagine an actress who would be more likable or funnier. Harris similarly makes us laugh and breaks our heart. She is masterful. Under Doug Hughes' sprightly direction, the ensemble performs gamely."

Review by Elysa Gardner from USA Today

"The Royal Family is a love letter to the stage and an amusing look at the lunacies of the theater. Jan Maxwell squeezes her juicy role for all it's worth. She is a riot, while Tony Roberts is terrific."

Review by Joe Dziemianowicz from New York Daily News