The Father: Langella, Dementia on Broadway. Review, Pics, Video

The Father, a deliberately disorienting new play starring Frank Langella, is the second work that I’ve seen on a New York stage in the last two months that focuses on a character struggling with dementia, and the fifth that features such a character. But it uniquely tells the story from the sufferer’s perspective….The Father cleverly employs the kind of effect perfected by absurdist playwrights from Albee to Ionesco, but this time for a specific, accessible purpose – to bring us into the mind of a man losing his faculties…Still, for all the freshness of the conceit and the cleverness of the construction, our interest flags whenever Andre is not on the stage.

Full review at DC Theatre Scene

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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