Jerusalem: Theater Review
Jez Butterworth's play is much more than an "alcoholic, bucolic frolic."
NEW YORK – It seems significant that the program for Jerusalem lists no understudy for Mark Rylance, because watching his astonishing performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron makes it impossible to imagine anyone else ever inhabiting the role. That takes nothing away, however, from the rude beauty of Jez Butterworth’s sprawling, shattering play. To borrow a phrase from Rooster, it might be described as an “alcoholic, bucolic frolic,” except that it’s so much more.
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