exit the king BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
March 26, 2009
Closing:
January 1, 2009

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

Synopsis: 

Berenger I is sovereign to a decaying realm. His vast armies are dispersed, the walls are tumbling and even the palace washing machine has been pawned. His partner wife advises him that he has only the length of the play to live, while his trophy wife attempts to distract his attention from this distasteful reality.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF exit the king

    This has to be the liveliest death on record. Never mind those scary figures of legend who kept on fighting with bullets, poisons and knives in their guts: Rasputin, Blackbeard, that psychopath from the “Halloween” movies. When it comes to refusing to shuffle off the old mortal coil, these men are all small time compared to his moribund majesty King Berenger, whose last hours on earth have been brought to life like a fire-trailing comet by Geoffrey Rush.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF exit the king

    If an evening-long death scene isn't your idea of exhilarating theater, you haven't been to "Exit the King." This inspired revival of Eugene Ionesco's seldom-seen 1962 absurdist tragicomedy has been conceived as the unlikely love child of a fractured fairy tale and "King Lear."

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF exit the king

    Times may be tough, but our nation's troubles pale compared with those suffered by the royal subjects in Exit the King.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF exit the king

    "Nothing's abnormal when abnormal has become the new normal," declares Geoffrey Rush, a short distance into his astonishing performance as the dying monarch in "Exit the King." It's that state of pervasive uncertainty, in a world thrown into chaos as an empire crumbles, that rescues Eugene Ionesco's 1962 absurdist tragedy from the dusty vaults and infuses it with unexpected currency. But the play's relevance is secondary to the virtuoso work of its lead actor, who unleashes a dazzling arsenal of mime, clowning and physical techniques to swerve in an instant between comedy and pathos, keeping the audience riveted to him through every hairpin turn..

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF exit the king

    In the revival of Eugene Ionesco's 1962 play "Exit the King," Geoffrey Rush's portrayal of a dying monarch makes this absurdist comedy about death extremely lively and loopy - for a while.

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  • NEW YORK POST REVIEW OF exit the king

    WHILE he's been known as a stage animal for decades in his native Australia, Geoffrey Rush is only now making his Broadway debut. Based on his performance in "Exit the King," a major injustice has finally been rectified.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF exit the king

    Geoffrey Rush, making his Broadway debut, manages a mesmerizing high-wire act of balancing outrageous comedy and overwhelming tragedy in a fascinating revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist "Exit the King."

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