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Opening Night:
Closing:
January 1, 2009

Theater: Schoenfeld Theatre / 236 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Tony winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star in the world premiere of a new play by Michael Jacobs (Cheaters). A globe-trotting photojournalist and a New York gallery owner discover that there may be an art to repairing lives.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    Pithy little life lessons keep coming at you in Michael Jacobs’s “Impressionism,” as if off a conveyor belt in a greeting card factory. But the one most immediately relevant to this undernourished play, which stars an ill-used Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, has to do with looking at life as if it were an Impressionist painting. As Katharine Keenan (Ms. Allen), the owner of an art gallery, puts it, none too academically: “You can’t get it when it’s right in front of you. You have to step back.”

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    "Impressionism" is an elaborate if awkward romance _ positively brimming with self-importance _ and showcased in a setting that includes a parade of gorgeous photographic reproductions of famous paintings

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    Michael Jacobs' new play, which opened Tuesday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, is set in a Manhattan art gallery and features works by Monet, Chagall, Picasso and other celebrated and lesser-known masters, all represented as lovingly as they are detailed in the author's stage directions. There's also the presence of Joan Allen, impossibly stunning at 52, and the still-debonair Jeremy Irons, appearing on Broadway for the first time in 20 and 25 years, respectively.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    In that jewel among teen movies, "Clueless," Alicia Silverstone's character uses the term "a full-on Monet" to describe an overstyled classmate. "It's like a painting, see?" she explains. "From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess." From a distance, "Impressionism" must have looked pretty good to its platoon of producers, with a top director, two distinguished lead actors long absent from the New York stage and a plot about mid-life love to speak directly to the prime Broadway play demographic. But did no one get up close enough to read Michael Jacobs' pretentious bore of a script?.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    It took 16 producers to present "Impressionism," a new play now open at the Schoenfeld Theatre. They would have been better off investing in low-interest CDs.

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  • NEWSDAY REVIEW OF impressionism broadway

    There must be a reason Irons chose "Impressionism" for his first Broadway vehicle since he won his Tony Award for "The Real Thing" in 1984. Surely, Allen saw something in this plodding romance - by virtual theater unknown Michael Jacobs - to be lured onstage for the first time here since she won her Tony for "Burn This" in 1988 and our allegiance forever in "The Heidi Chronicles" in 1989.

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