The People in the Picture BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
April 28, 2011
Closing:
June 19, 2011

Theater: Studio 54 / 254 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie (Donna Murphy) has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can’t pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, The People in the Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The People in the Picture

    BEN BRANTLEY

    April 28, 2011: When Donna Murphy time travels, she packs light. A pair of glasses, a shawl, maybe some lipstick: that’s all this chameleon actress requires to step over the chasm that divides two chapters of one woman’s life in “The People in the Picture,” a sincere and queasy new musical about mother love, Yiddish theater and the Holocaust that opened on Thursday night at Studio 54.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF The People in the Picture

    April 28, 2011: The enormous gilt frame that greets theatergoers as they enter Studio 54 for Roundabout Theater Company's new musical "The People in the Picture" should give them an indication of the evening ahead—too big, too ornate, just too much. Another clue would be the name of the book writer and lyricist: Iris Rainer Dart.

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF The People in the Picture

    April 28, 2011: The Bottom Line: Donna Murphy’s customary poise and humor bring some unifying force to a tonally discordant show heavy on clichés.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The People in the Picture

    April 28, 2011: Other than the creation of the State of Israel, the greatest and most profound reaction to The Holocaust has been the extraordinary outpouring of art that has attempted to come to terms with this horrible event, from The Diary of Anne Frank to Cabaret to Schindler's List.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF The People in the Picture

    April 28, 2011: Donna Murphy often gets compared to Meryl Streep. Now the two-time Tony Award winner is getting to do her own "Sophie's Choice."

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