Marc Ginsburg in the role of Leo Bloom,
As Leo goes from seemingly normal to insanely upset, Marc Ginsberg calibrates every millisecond of comedy along the way. He can sweetly show Leo’s insecurity and longing, enact manic panic, and yet croon like a romantic tenor.
Lorenzo Pisoni (as himself)
Lorenzo Pisoni has channeled his unconventional memories of growing up as part of his family’s circus to create a charming and charmed solo show chronicling a childhood that, to him, was just life—as though everyone learned how to do backflips and fall down a flight of stairs in an effort to get a few easy laughs. His sad clown-infused performance is a quietly brilliant, a unique tribute to his father and the joys of growing up loved, even in a bizarrely unconventional environment. — Travis Holder
Jennifer Pollono in the role of Maggie,
Pollono’s rage-soaked Maggie appears to carry the weight of all her family’s generations of failed women through every jagged word and gesture.
Stephen O’Mahoney in the role of Bruce Niles
The cast of Simon Levy’s fine Larry Kramer revival really lets it rip, albeit sometimes to extremes. Which is why O’Mahoney’s simple, unaffected explanation of his lover’s ignominious death in Phoenix is the evening’s single most powerful piece of acting. The play deliberately lets us underestimate Bruce, a closeted Citibank V.P. chosen as GMHC’s leader for his beefcake quotient. So when he reveals what he has gone through with Albert on a transcontinental flight through incontinence and dementia for a final reunion with mom, Bruce’s unanticipated depth of feeling breaks the normal heart.
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