By Robert Simonson
23 May 2004
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Match began previews at the Plymouth Theatre March 13 and officially opened April 8. While the drama—about a Juilliard dance teacher and a young couple who seek him out for mysterious reasons—received mostly faulting appraisals from the critics, Langella won high marks for his flamboyant, inventive, sympathetic performance as the effusive, but lonely teacher. His work earned the show its only Tony nomination. He will compete against Simon Russell Beale of Jumpers, Jefferson Mays of I Am My Own Wife—both still performing—and Kevin Kline from Henry IV and Christopher Plummer of King Lear, Lincoln Center shows which have closed their scheduled runs.
Langella has won the Tony twice before, for Seascape and Fortune's Fool.
The show was Liotta's Broadway debut. Adams won a Tony Award for An Inspector Calls, and has also acted in I Hate Hamlet and Enchanted April.
The Araca Group produced with direction by Nicholas Martin. The creative team also includes set design by James Noone, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Kurt Kellenberger and Jerry Yager.
The playwright's other titles include Tape, A Small, Melodramatic Story, The Death of Frank and The Transparency of Val.
The Plymouth Theatre is located in Manhattan at 236 West 45th Street. Match plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays at 2 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.