Saturday, February 3, 2007
Alfred Molina is giving a career-best performance in Howard Katz, receiving its American premiere by Roundabout at the Laura Pels Theatre. The comedy-drama is easily Patrick Marber's most satisfying play, peppered with snappy dialogue, interesting characters and a compelling story. In the past, Marber has produced these desirable characteristics, but never all at once. Molina is supported by an extremely able supporting cast, which includes veteran Beckett interpreter Alvin Epstein, Tony winner Elizabeth Franz, and best of all, the peerless Jessica Hecht. Here is an actress that, no matter how little stage time she has, always makes an impression. One facial expression from her is worth more than an entire performance from most other actresses in New York. She's our Julie Harris.