Plays that flourished and faltered in U.S.
EmptyThe plays that flourished:
Tony winner Frank Langella and Michael Sheen made a dynamic duo in Peter Morgan's close-up on politics and celebrity.
Jude Law's volatile take on the brooding Dane helped overcome mixed reviews to expand significantly the Bard's audience on Broadway.
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Nuanced writing and a razor-sharp production made Alan Bennett's very English play the can't-miss theatrical event of the New York season.
Martin McDonagh in Kafkaesque mode, coupled with compelling turns from Billy Crudup, Jeff Goldblum and Michael Stuhlbarg, made this a winner.
This penetrating Chekhov staging led by Kristin Scott Thomas was the brightest light in an otherwise patchy fall.
The plays that faltered:
A full choir singing Handel onstage made this a pricey production, but Americans didn't take to the Dickensian tale's florid melodrama.
Unless it's "Macbeth," in this beleaguered economy, greed + power + deception = audience turnoff.
The secrets and lies of a Scandinavian family titillated West End audiences, but the Dogma adaptation left Broadway cold.
The battle fatigue of a country embedded in two wars might have doomed this revival of the 1928 World War I drama, despite stellar reviews.
Critics gushed, but playwright Tom Stoppard's intellectual athletics proved too rarefied a sport for wide participation.