The Verdict: Critics Review Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella | Playbill

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The Verdict The Verdict: Critics Review Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella Eric Coble's new family drama The Velocity of Autumn, starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella, opened on Broadway April 21 at the Booth Theatre.
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Molly Smith, who directed The Velocity of Autumn at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., also helms the Broadway production. 

"The Velocity of Autumn swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years," press notes state. "In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, and becomes the family's unlikely mediator. No sooner are the words 'Hi, Mom' uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. The Velocity of Autumn is a wickedly funny and wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life."

The critics have filed their reviews and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.


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The Booth Theatre is located at 222 West 45 Street. Visit for more information. 


The Velocity of Autumn, Starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, on Broadway

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