She also posted a 'then and now' photo on her tumblr with a photo of the first time she met him: http://dgrace29.tumblr.com/post/
Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's PRODIGAL SON Opens at MTCEach excerpt links back to the full review. I was a bit surprised at how positive most of them were. But to each their own.
This is from The Clyde Fitch Report.
John Patrick Shanley’s “Prodigal Son”: Too Prodigal?
With Prodigal Son, John Patrick Shanley has written a fascinating play. This doesn’t mean he’s written an entirely successful play, although he’s completely successful with the performance that, as his own director, he gets from Timothée Chalamet as the focal figure, a deeply distressed schoolboy named Jim Quinn.
According to the playwright’s program note, Jim Quinn is actually a moniker for Shanley himself. Thus, Prodigal Son is nothing less than a memoir conceived as a play. There you have the fascinating source for this intermissionless, 90-minute work, and there you have its complex flaw. Certainly anyone who knows anything about Shanley but doesn’t read his program note before the performance begins (as I hadn’t) will immediately wonder how autobiographical Prodigal Son is.
The full review is here.
I tried and tried to embed the video but it wouldn't work, so click the pictue or link and it will direct you to the website:
Here's another review (had to make a separate post kept getting spam message).
There is this interesting bit at near the bottom:
Robert Sean Leonard as Hoffman does as much as possible with a character who doesn’t make much sense to us because Shanley, still seeing his teacher through a teenager’s eyes, cannot make sense of him either. That being the case, and knowing from the play that Hoffman, before he died, specifically asked Shanley not to write about him, I wonder whether this material was ill served, not just theatrically but morally, by its fully autobiographical treatment
I find it frustrating that the writer makes a statement and then leaves it hanging for us to contemplate any possible reasons. I wonder if those who've seen the play have any thoughts on this?
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