Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wow. I wasn't expecting much from R.C. Sherriff's Journey's End, but by the time I left the Belasco, I felt as if I'd definitely just seen the best revival of the season. Scratch that: the best revival in recent memory. David Grindley's production is both razor sharp and drum tight, and comes off as so relevant you'd think it was written yesterday. The entire ensemble is flawless, and brilliantly led by Hugh Dancy as Stanhope, a man broken by the indignities of war. He is nicely contrasted by the bright-eyed and still innocent Raleigh, nicely portrayed by Stark Sands. Boyd Gaines and Jefferson Mays offer terrific support. For the first time in quite a while, I left the theatre saying that I couldn't wait to go see the show again.
[Tony prediction: Hugh Dancy for Best Actor in a Play]