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BIRTHDAY CANDLES, sans Messing, last week
Last Edit: AC126748 09:38 am EDT 05/24/22
Posted by: AC126748 09:37 am EDT 05/24/22
In reply to: Doubtfire and birthday candles closing this week - dramedy 11:55 am EDT 05/23/22

I saw BIRTHDAY CANDLES last week. Debra Messing was out; her understudy, Kate Upworth, was competent but not particularly memorable. I liked the play itself but don't feel like it's well served by Vivienne Benesch's high-key, often cutesy production, which smooths some of the sharper, darker edges of the script. I'd be interested to see it again in a more naturalistic, less ornamented staging. Some very good acting in the ensemble, especially Susannah Flood (heartbreaking as the lead character's mentally unstable daughter) and Enrico Colantoni (who I hope does more stage work in the future). Weeknight house was maybe half full, perhaps due to Messing's absence, perhaps to the tepid reviews.
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