What Did Critics Think of Cleo, a New Play About Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Cleo, a New Play About Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton?
 
The Lawrence Wright play runs through April 29 at Houston’s Alley Theatre.
Richard Short and Lisa Birnbaum in <i>Cleo</i>
Richard Short and Lisa Birnbaum in Cleo Lynn Lane

The Alley Theatre world premiere of Cleo, a new play by Lawrence Wright, runs through April 29 at the Houston, Texas, venue. Taking center stage in the Bob Balaban-helmed production are Lisa Birnbaum as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Short as Richard Burton.

The play is set during the filming of the infamous 1963 film Cleopatra and explores the tempestuous, tabloid-fueling romance between the two stars. The cast also includes Mark Capri as Rex Harrison, Brian Dykstra as Joe Mankiewicz, and Adam Gibbs as Eddie Fisher.

Read what Houston critics thought of the production in the reviews below.

Houston Chronicle (Wei-Huan Chen)

Houstonia (Doni Wilson)

Houston Press (D. L. Groover)

Cleo features sets by Richard Hoover, costumes by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by David Weiner, and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

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