Frank Langella, the American star of Fortune's Fool, celebrated the April 2 opening of the Ivan Turgenev play with fellow actors Alan King (currently in Mr. Goldwyn) and Tony Randall.
Turgenev's Fortune's Fool is about a cash- poor gentleman (Alan Bates) who has lost his lands and managed to linger on for 20 years as a guest at a Russian estate. Langella plays a meddling, arrogant neighbor who gets in the way of Bates' reunion with the returning daughter of the long-gone master of the estate. Fortune's Fool, directed by Arthur Penn, opened April 2 at the Music Box Theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.