Stephen Fry raised eyebrows and inspired laughter as he confidently strutted onstage in cross-gartered yellow stockings while playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's comedy about mistaken identities and misguided attractions. Making his Broadway debut, Fry depicted Malvolio, a man deluded by his own self-importance, in a performance that was hilarious and also thoughtful, delving into his character's insecurities as well as his ambitions. Malvolio is the target of an embarrassing trick plotted by his peers, and Fry's portrayal of him inspired sympathy from the audience and communicated to them why he was such an easy victim. Upon reading a forged love letter, Malvolio states, "I will be proud," and Fry should say the same of his performance.
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.