Travels With My Aunt OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 15, 2015
    Closing:
    November 14, 2015

    Theater: Clurman Theatre / 410 West 42nd Street, New York, New York, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Celebrated author Graham Greene's moving comic novel comes bursting to life in a hilarious and witty adaptation by Giles Havergal, former Artistic Director of Glasgow’s iconic Citizens Theatre. Henry Pulling, a mild-mannered retired banker, leads a quiet life and never strays too far from his home in Southwood, England. But when his eccentric and outrageous Aunt Augusta suddenly appears in his life with mysterious information about his past, Henry is drawn into a series of exotic international adventures. Henry, Aunt Augusta and over 25 of the characters they meet along the way are brilliantly and inventively portrayed by just four actors who switch identities, nationalities, ages and genders in this exciting theatrical escapade.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Travels With My Aunt

    ‘Travels With My Aunt’ Taps Into a Hidden Sense of Adventure

    Ben Brantley

    October 15, 2015: Have you ever really seen a man with a glint in his eye? I always assumed that this image was only a figure of speech, or perhaps a trick of the light, until I caught Thomas Jay Ryan in the Keen Company’s charming revival of “Travels With My Aunt,” Giles Havergaal’s 1989 stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s frolicsome 1969 novel. Portraying the title character in this four-actor genteel romp of a play, which opened Thursday night on Theater Row under the direction of Jonathan Silverstein, Mr. Ryan has a way of looking at things (literally) that gives credence to the aforementioned cliché. He’ll fix his gaze on another actor, or maybe on some hazy horizon beyond the audience, and — voilà — in his eyes there is suddenly a concentrated shimmer for which the proper word is indeed, I believe, “glint.” It’s a flash filled with a wakening, amused awareness that whatever Mr. Ryan’s characters are seeing at that moment might hold previously undetected potential — for diversion, for intrigue, for excitement. “Yes,” his eyes seem to say, shrewdly and hopefully, “we have real possibilities here.”

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