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MUSIC BOX THEATER

239 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

THE VERTICAL HOUR

Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy return to the New York stage in the world premiere of a timely drama by David Hare (Stuff Happens). Sam Mendes directs in his first Broadway foray since piloting the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
contemporary political divisions find universal truths,
Mar 12, 2007
reviewer: from New York
All you could possibly expect from the theater. Great acting, intense plot, beautiful and imaginative sets and challenging ideas. Iraq, yes or no? Responsibility, loyalty, committment, freedom, and taking action all issues dealt with. The vision of a still imature U.S., brash and idealogical compared to a staid Europe, cautious and jaded makes for great dialogue and lots of humor as well as some heavy emotion. Bill Nighy, Jullianne Moore are superb with a great supporting cast and David Hare once more demonstrates his skill with words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Gets better and better,
Dec 26, 2006
reviewer: from New York, NY
I've seen this play three times so far, and it gets better and better. The cast has definitely settled in since the third preview, and there are little touches here and there that help. Seeing it again, it becomes clear why Nadia (Julianne Moore's character) so often comes off as "flat" in the first act...but to reveal why would give away a good deal of the second. It's not an easy play, and there is a lot of subtelty, but there is SO much in there. And yes, now that it's opened and Julianne's settled into the character, when she lets fly, she lets fly. Just not in Act One...for reasons that, like I said, become obvious in Act Two. I love this play...but then I've never been one who likes easy answers all tied up in a bow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
subtle enjoyment,
Jan 24, 2007
reviewer: from US
moore's character builds on you during the play from a rote professiorial academic to someone who finally realizes what is important to her both personnally and professionally. and bill's character and performance is truly admirable; its a wake up call for what's really important in our lives as inhabitants of the planet. and phillipp is a up and coming star who performs quite well with a role that is direct and consequential. worth seeing .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Loved Nighy,
Nov 29, 2006
reviewer: from Jersey City, NJ
Went to see Bill Nighy and was not disappointed - he was his typical spectacular self. Julianna Moore's character had lots of "deep" thoughts but there was an emptiness to some of them. She was delightful in her typical way, but the character was flat and all the great lines were written for Bill. Her character/acting just didn't generate much response in me - I felt pretty neutral about her. Overall I was happy with the content and direction. Set was gorgeous and simple.

 

Had a fabulous prix fixe dinner at the 21 Club before with free parking. Monday night was a great night to go because the city was quieter.
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Surprisingly good,
Dec 23, 2006
reviewer: from New York, NY, USA
Most summaries of the play mentoned this huge sexual chemistry and romantic issues. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was in fact a political drama. While Moore's performance is somewhat lacking, Nighy is wonderful and Andrew Scott is amazing. Another interesting aspect is that both sides of the debate about the Iraq war are equally debated. This is a show that is not to be missed.
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