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The Violet Hour

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The Violet Hour

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
10/16/03-12/21/03
performer:
Laura Benanti, Scott Foley, Robert Sean Leonard
director:
Evan Yionoulis
author:
Richard Greenberg

We gave it a C+

April Fools’ Day, 1919: A young, ambitious publisher (Robert Sean Leonard) receives a mysterious machine that begins to pump out piles of manuscripts — from the future! That’s a perfect setup for Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (”Take Me Out”), who has a shimmering, Stoppard-like talent for spewing language and ideas. But the play’s reams of content fail to coalesce, despite terrific performances from Leonard, an attractive Scott Foley, and a hilarious Mario Cantone.