Elling BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
November 21, 2010
Closing:
November 28, 2010

Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theater / 243 West 47th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Set in the current day, Elling is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Both Elling and Kjell are patients in a mental hospital—Elling suffers from acute anxiety following his mother's death, while Kjell is a childlike 40-year-old eager to lose his virginity. The two become roommates and face the challenge of establishing a normal life when released from the institution.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Elling

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    November 21, 2010: One is an almost-40-year-old virgin, understandably obsessed with sex but not particularly fond of bathing. The other is a proud mama’s boy who does not see the point in leaving the apartment — ever. Both are Norwegian and nutty as fruitcakes.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Elling

    November 21, 2010: The story of two recently released mental patients bunking together in an apartment in Oslo doesn't sound like perfect fodder for a Broadway comedy. But there's something relentlessly charming about "Elling."

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  • WALL STREET JOURNAL REVIEW OF Elling

    November 21, 2010: In theory, any play can be good. I've been surprised time and again by the excellence of shows that I expected to be awful. Sometimes, though, a show turns out to be fully as bad as I was expecting, a fact that usually becomes evident shortly after the curtain rises.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Elling

    November 21, 2010: Jacking up the comic volume on intimate material, this stage treatment smothers the off-kilter appeal and tender character observation of the movie.

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  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Elling

    November 21, 2010: “Elling,” a delicate parable about male outcasts that combines elements of “The Odd Couple” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” might have been well served in an intimate Off-Broadway theater. Instead, it has been poorly chosen as a star vehicle for Brendan Fraser, who is making a horrifically bad Broadway debut.

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  • NEW YORK MAGAZINE REVIEW OF Elling

    The Low-Key Pleasures of Elling

    Scott Brown

    November 21, 2010: Even the fiercest Palinite will succumb to the charms of Elling, a bent little love triangle between two middle-aged, mentally ill men and a mildly exasperated European welfare state. This gentle, subversively mellow comedy-of-quirks, adapted from a series of Norwegian novels that have already made multiple visits to the stage and screen (a movie version was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2002), follows the same ingratiating Oscar-and-Felix rhythms that dominate lots of roommate-story situations — with an important twist.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF Elling

    Brendan Fraser lets demented side show in Broadway debut

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    November 22, 2010: Odd couples are the stuff comedies are made of. And duos don't come stranger than the one in "Elling," an endearing but wearying play at the Barrymore Theatre.

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  • NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM REVIEW OF Elling

    Brendan Fraser and Denis O’Hare costar in ‘Elling’

    Michael Sommers

    November 21, 2010: Not having read Norwegian writer Ingvar Ambjornsen's novel "Elling" nor seen the 2002 film drawn from it, I cannot assess how faithfully his story regarding two misfits has been adapted for the stage.

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