By Robert Simonson
09 May 2006
The play officially opened at the Belasco on April 17, after previews from March 24.
The cast features Mark Ruffalo as the striving wise guy Moe, Ben Gazzara as righteous Marxist grandpa and Zoe Wanamaker as the fretfully materialistic mother. Also living in the play's stifling Bronx apartment building are Lauren Ambrose and Pablo Schreiber as Wanamaker's two children, Ned Eisenberg as capitalist Uncle Morty, Jonathan Hadary as Wanamaker's "failure" husband, Peter Kybart and Richard Topol.
The classic American play first staged in the Depression by The Group Theatre is seen at the Belasco Theatre, where the drama originally opened in 1935. The production celebrates the playwright's centenary.