The Sting OTHER REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 29, 2018
    Closing:
    April 29, 2018

    Theater: Paper Mill Playhouse / Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ, 07041

    Synopsis: 

    Chicago. 1936. Get ready to enter a smoke-filled world of cons and capers, where nothing is what it seems and no one is who they appear to be. Based on the 1973 Academy Award-winning film, The Sting tells the tale of a pair of con men, small-town grifter Johnny Hooker and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff, who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. The Tony Award-winning creative team includes director John Rando (On the Town), choreographer Warren Carlyle (Hello, Dolly!), bookwriter Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), and an original score by composer/lyricist team Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (Urinetown). The Sting takes you back to an era when the blues reigns, the stakes are high, and the dice are always loaded.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Sting

    Con Men in Tap Shoes Lay Down ‘The Sting’

    Alexis Soloski

    April 9, 2018:

    MILLBURN, N.J. — A musical is a con game. It’s fakery and flimflam, a well-lit hustle. When it works, it’s the best kind of swindle — the kind where the marks don’t even know they’ve been played.

    The trickery on display in “The Sting,” the adaptation of the 1974 best-picture winner now at Paper Mill Playhouse, isn’t yet so smooth. As directed by John Rando, it’s a jaunty entertainment — any work that leans so heavily on Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” had better be. But its seductions come and go, a dance here, a ragtime riff there, another twist in the corkscrew plot.

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