Therese Raquin is playing at Studio 54 located at 254 West 54th Street. It runs two hours and thirty minutes with one intermission. The play closes on January 3, 2016.
The play was written by French writer Emile Zola. It was published in 1867. The first performance was in 1873.
Beowuff Boritt is the set designer. He won a Tony Award in 2014 for Act One.
Jayne Greenwood is the Costume Designer. She won two Lucille Lortel Awards for Old Money (2001) and Sylvia (1996). In 2014 she received a Tony Award, Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
Keira Knightley was nominated for two Academy Awards for Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Imitation Game (2014).
Judith Light won two Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for The Assembled Parties (20130 and Other Desert Cities (2013) and was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Lombardi (2011). She won two Day Time Emmy's for One life to Live in 1980 and 1981. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Ugly Betty (2007).
David Patrick Kelly won a Tony Award in 2012 for Once.
Gabrielle Ebert won a Tony Award in 2013 for Matilda: The Musical.
Madame Raquin (Judith Light) is checking on her son Camille (Gabriel Ebert). She thought he was getting sick. Therese Raquin (Keira Knightley) stands by very quietly.
It seems Therese is the daughter of Madame Raquin brother. He was a seaman and his daughter’s mother was an Africa princess. He left Therese with his sister to go to sea but never returned.
Camille insists they move to Paris.
Madame Raquin has her son marry Therese. Neither is happy about it.
Friends come over to play games once a week. They are Superintendent Michael (David Patrick Kelly), his daughter Suzanne (Mary Wiseman), Monsieur Grivet (Jeff Still) and Laurent (Matt Ryan). Therese and Laurent are attracted to each other.
Things happen; well I won’t tell you what.
There was no character billed up. We know little about the characters to care what happens. The first act was so mundane. I did everything to stay awake.
The second act was better but not much.
The show lacked fire. Have a match?
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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