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CORNELIUS NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: June 11, 2013
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A forgotten masterpiece from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J.B. Priestley. As bankruptcy looms, the ever-optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led... Cornelius was first produced in association with Neil McPherson at Finborough Theatre as part of their 2012 rediscoveries season.
Cheerfully Soldiering on as the End Draws Near
By BEN BRANTLEY
Published: June 12, 2013
"The stiff-upper-lip sentimentality implicit in this perspective, and in the play’s portrait of its hero’s tragically thwarted imagination, could cloy. But there’s a ruthlessness in the script that Mr. Yates and Mr. Cox hew to throughout. And while there’s a lot of talk of buying and selling, with the attendant figures, “Cornelius” is never dry.
Biddle (an excellent Col Farrell), the firm’s orderly bookkeeper, tells Cornelius that he’s never bored by what he does because numbers to him are like living creatures, with different personalities. “Like all of us,” he adds. In like manner, this fine, loving production finds the pulsing individuality within a play that is finally something more than the by-the-numbers formula that shapes it."
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