As Arthur Miller’s waterfront narrator and conscience, this sensitive, silver-haired character actor desperately seeks to determine whether he could’ve forestalled a neighborhood tragedy. The veteran thesp’s probing moral intelligence turns a tedious, omniscient, reminiscing windbag into this revival’s stunning artistic triumph.
Matt Jones gives poignant evidence of this 22-year-old’s insecurity and ambivalence— beaming with anticipation of the Jim Brown/Sam Cooke world of women and fame, while sheepishly paying heed to Malcolm X’s declaration that he has a moral responsibility to be a new kind of leader for the black citizens of this country.
Even among all those fairy tale characters, Alex Ellis nailed the small role to great comedic effect.
In an instant, Burt Grinstead shifts between night and day in this technical tour de force, playing twins. He does it so well, it takes the audience a moment to grasp that the sunny, naïve, openly gay Peter and the erudite, pensive, rather cruel Craig—these two looking nearly, but disquietingly not, the same—are played by this one highly skilled actor.