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Review Roundup: ‘Golden Boy’

The reviews are in: Lincoln Center’s 75th anniversary revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, the dramatic tale of a gifted violinist who turns to boxing for fast fame and easy money, still packs a dramatic punch. A talented cast of 19 actors includes stage and screen star Tony Shaloub as well as Broadway veterans Anthony Crivello and Danny Burstein. Director Bartlett Sher, who helmed a successful 2006 revival of Odets’ first hit, Awake and Sing!, appears to have honored the playwright again with this emotional heavyweight.

 

Tony Shaloub and Seth Numrich in Golden Boy

Tony Shaloub and Seth Numrich in Golden Boy

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times:

“But the blows that truly stun are the ones we cannot literally see, the jabs to the soul that Joe inflicts on himself, torn as he is between the urge to make it big as a boxer and the desire to be the artist he feels he was meant to be.”

 

Erik Haagensen of Back Stage:

“In these days of the small-cast, tidy domestic drama, what a pleasure it is to encounter Clifford Odets’ soaring, expansive, and tough-as-nails ‘Golden Boy,’ a white-hot dissertation on the downside of the American dream. … ‘Golden Boy’ is grand and glorious theater.”

 

Golden Boy on Broadway Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News:

“‘South Pacific’ Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs this revival. As with his 2006 vision of ‘Awake and Sing!,’ he shows a keen affinity for Odets. There’s a richness and lived-in feeling in every scene — whether it’s at the home of Joe’s noisy, close-knit family or the gym, where you can practically smell the sweat and desperation.”

 

Elisabeth Vicentalli of The New York Post:

“Michael Yeargan’s sets and Donald Holder’s lighting magically summon 50 shades of tough-guy gray, and some of the boxing scenes look like animated versions of George Bellows’ paintings.”

 

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter:

“Performed on the same stage where it premiered in 1937, this grave assessment of the cost of the American Dream still thrums with a heartfelt humanism both soaring and tragic.”

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