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JERUSALEM BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: April 21, 2011
Synopsis: Tony and Olivier Award-winning star Mark Rylance (La Bête, Boeing-Boeing) recreates his wildly acclaimed, multi award-winning performance as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron on Broadway in the Royal Court Theatre production of Jez Butterworth's universally heralded new play, Jerusalem.
In the woods of South West England, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.
Directed by Ian Rickson (from the acclaimed Broadway production of The Seagull), Jerusalem is the winner of the 2009 Evening Standard and London Critics' Circle Awards and the 2010 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Play.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"The first time you hear the rumble in "Jerusalem," the magnificent play by Jez Butterworth, you don't think that it's just a good sound effect or a subway passing beneath. A thundery whisper, like a premonition of earthquakes, fills the air every time someone looks deep, but really deep, into the eyes of Johnny Byron. And since Johnny Byron is portrayed by Mark Rylance, in a seismic performance that threatens to level the old Music Box Theater, this registers as utterly natural cause and effect."
"lthough it's hard to look anywhere else when Rylance is on stage, which is all the time, Mackenzie Crook manages to turn heads with his droll perf as Ginger, the faithful hanger-on who missed last night's bacchanal and may be too strung-out for today's festivities, the St. George's Day fete that is an annual rite of spring. Under Ian Rickson's smooth helming, other colorful visitors surface from the heavy human traffic at Rooster's camp, many of them from the original Royal Court production.
"What a season it's been for Mark Rylance, who won a Tony Award three years ago for his role in "Boeing Boeing." In the fall, the actor came back to Broadway in David Hirson's verse play, "La Bete," in which he stole the show with a manic half-hour monologue."
"Giving one performance that knocked theatergoers on their ear this season hasn't satisfied Mark Rylance. After stunning us in La Bete, the Tony Award winner is now doing mind-blowing work in Ian Rickson's production of Jez Butterworth's often mesmerizing new play, Jerusalem, now at Broadway's Music Box Theatre. "
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