What Do Critics Think of Marvin’s Room on Broadway?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Marvin’s Room on Broadway?
Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor, and Celia Weston star in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Scott McPherson’s 1990 drama that officially opened on Broadway June 29.

The Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s 1990 play Marvin’s Room officially opens June 29 starring Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor, and Celia Weston. Obie winner Anne Kauffman directs the Roundabout Theatre Company production, which is scheduled to play the American Airlines Theatre through August 27. Previews began June 8.

Watch a scene from the Broadway production in the video above.

In McPherson’s comedic drama, two sisters are reunited when one is diagnosed with leukemia. After learning of her illness, Bessie (Taylor) attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister Lee (Garofalo). Weston plays their aunt.

Rounding out the cast are Jack DiFalco (Yen), Carman Lacivita (Sense & Sensibility), Nedra McClyde (Jessica Jones), Luca Padovan (School of Rock), and Triney Sandoval (Macbeth).

Read what critics thought of the show below. Playbill will continue to update with reviews as they are published.

amNY (Matt Windman)

Broadway News (Charles Isherwood)

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

Entertainment Weekly (Allison Adato)

Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

Huffington Post (Steven Suskin)

Lillith (Aileen Jacobson)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

NJ.com (Christopher Kelly)

NY1 (Roma Torre)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

Wall Street Journal (Terry Teachout)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org or call (212) 719-1300 for more tickets. The American Airlines Theatre is located at 227 West 42nd Street, New York.

View production photos below:

Marvin’s Room was developed and produced at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 1990 and later in New York. The film adaptation starred Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep as Bessie and Lee, respectively, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. McPherson died in 1992, and the film was released five years later.

“Exploring an unsentimental reality with hope, compassion and a dose of wonderfully absurd humor, Marvin’s Room is a life-affirming reminder of the gift we give ourselves when we love unconditionally,” state Roundabout production notes.

The Broadway production features sets by Laura Jellinek, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lights by Japhy Weideman, and sound design and original music by Daniel Kluger.


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