A Confederacy of Dunces OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 11, 2015
    Closing:
    December 20, 2015

    Theater: Huntington Theatre Company / 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115

    Synopsis: 

    Nick Offerman (“Parks & Recreation”) stars as larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter. He’s overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living with his mother in New Orleans in the 1960s. Adapted from the cult classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "A Confederacy of Dunces" is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Confederacy of Dunces

    Nick Offerman as a Giant of New Orleans, Resized

    Charles Isherwood

    November 19, 2015: Ignatius J. Reilly, the blimp-sized, eloquently imperious, gastrically challenged antihero of John Kennedy Toole’s long-celebrated 1980 novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” has at last made it to the stage, in the person of Nick Offerman, of “Parks and Recreation” fame, in an adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher having its premiere at the Huntington Theater Company here. He is surrounded, as in the book, by the riotous assortment of fools and knaves gabbling, carping, sniping and generally distracting the great Ignatius from his monumental philosophical work, in which he will prove beyond doubt that civilization has been snowballing downhill since the Middle Ages. But perhaps inevitably, in clambering from the pages of Toole’s capacious book onto the Huntington stage, where the rigors of dramatic form can pinch, Ignatius and company seem to have lost some of their seedy, vicious charm, and Ignatius himself some of his unforgettable comic girth.

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