Compulsion OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 17, 2011
    Closing:
    March 13, 2011

    Theater: The Public Theater / 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    It is 1951, and Sid Silver is on a mission to be the guardian of one of the most moving and provocative accounts of the 20th century. Deeply moved by Anne Frank's diary, he is driven to bring her story to the American masses by promoting the book's publication and adapting the diary into a work of theater. Inspired by the story of Meyer Levin, Compulsion brings playwright Rinne Groff and Artistic Director Oskar Eustis (The Ruby Sunrise) together again with a complex and inventive telling that is part historical fiction, part investigation into what makes a man obsess, and part exploration of an untold dimension of Anne Frank's powerful and enduring legacy.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Compulsion

    The Young Girl Pulls the Strings in This Relationship

    Ben Brantley

    February 17, 2011: Only a performer of monumental presence can withstand the theatrical typhoon that is Mandy Patinkin. So hats off to the frail-looking, child-size marionette who walks away with “Compulsion,” the straight-line bio-drama by Rinne Groff, starring Mr. Patinkin at gale force.

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