The Verdict: Did Critics Like Frank Langella in The Father on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: Did Critics Like Frank Langella in The Father on Broadway? The American premiere stars Frank Langella as a man falling into the grip of dementia.
Frank Langella and Kathleen McNenny Joan Marcus

Three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella plays a man falling into the grip of dementia in the American premiere of Florian Zeller's The Father, which officially opens April 14 on Broadway, with direction by Doug Hughes. The Manhattan Theatre Club staging began previews March 22 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Critics have begun filing their reviews. will update this list as more are posted:



Huffington Post

NBC New York

New York Daily News

New York Times



Washington Post

The Wrap

The production marks Langella's first Broadway appearance since his Tony-nominated 2011 performance in Man and Boy. His most recent New York appearance was King Lear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2013. Tony Award nominee Kathryn Erbe, who has been a regular on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, is his co-star. She earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Speed of Darkness (1991).

The cast also includes Brian Avers (Rock 'n' Roll, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Charles Borland (A Man for All Seasons), Drama Desk Award nominee Hannah Cabell (Pumpgirl, Grounded) and Kathleen McNenny .

According to production notes, The Father “offers a fascinating look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?“

Langella won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for playing President Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, a role he created to widespread acclaim at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and later recreated on film, earning him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. Langella won his two other Tonys for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Fortune’s Fool and Seascape. In addition, he received Tony nominations for Match and Dracula. He collaborated with director Doug Hughes previously on A Man for All Seasons.

The creative team for The Father includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design) and Jim Steinmeyer (illusion consultant).

Tickets can be purchased by phone at Telecharge, (212) 239-6200, online by visiting or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street).

Today’s Most Popular News:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!