After an incredible three year journey that has taken in the Edinburgh Festival, a national tour, the West End and finally New York, the curtain fell for the final time on Terre Haute on Sunday.
We'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to see the show; to everyone who worked on the show; to our US co-producer Karl Sydow; to Arts Council England, East; to all the theatres we've visited and most of all to the brilliant Edmund White.
Here's a round-up of the critical response to the New York run:
"Heated with the fire of real drama...White has captured the amusingly contrasted voices of the patrician novelist and the plebeian terrorist cannily and cogently...performances are crisply enunciated and fundamentally persuasive."
New York Times
"Compelling drama that dares to speak about matters unspeakable...exquisite dialogue...White is a concise and commanding stylist...the wonderful Peter Eyre."
"Mesmerizing...truly engaging theater."
"Fascinating and superbly acted, with the silky-voiced Eyre subtly revealing the author's vulnerability, and Westrate providing a chilling portrait of a man who's unrepentant over taking 168 innocent lives."
New York Post
"Edmund White’s intelligent, prickling drama...George Perrin’s lean and focused production."
Time Out New York
"An oddly touching glimpse of two lonely men finding a strange, final comfort with one another...George Perrin smartly focuses on White's tour-de-force dialogue...Eyre is remarkable."
"Orchestrated like a pas de deux…It's a riveting portrait of the writer and the terrorist...White has created a rich tapestry of dialogue that not only details their cross-fire of ideas but lays bare their souls...George Perrin helms the top drawer production...The acting is outstanding."
"Smart and unexpectedly touching...Peter Eyre and Nick Westrate both do fine work…George Perrin's nuanced directing."
"Provocative and engaging."
"Edmund White's spare, spellbinding drama...spilling many painful truths about morality and mortality."
Gay City News
"A gripping story...The play would be worth seeing just for Eyre's masterful portrayal of the witty, mordant writer...[Harrison] played with explosive rigor by the excellent Nick Westrate...White succeeds in pulling the intellectual and emotional threads together. His tale of two men with hearts as big (for better or worse) as cities ultimately stirs the soul."
Blog Critics Magazine