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Company

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Company (Movie)

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
132 minutes
performer:
Raul Esparza
director:
John Doyle
author:
Stephen Sondheim
genre:
musical

We gave it a B+

Stephen Sondheim’s classic 1970 musical, Company — centering on a 35-year-old commitment-phobe (Raúl Esparza) and his perpetually married pals — gets stripped down in 2007’s Tony-winning cast-as-orchestra production. The filming style can be far too intrusive (during Esparza’s climactic song, you can see clear into tonsil territory), but it affords an intimacy most theatergoers never experienced. EXTRAS A marvelous Q&A with Sondheim covers nearly his entire 50-year career in 39 minutes and reveals juicy tidbits (most of his lyrics for West Side Story still make him cringe). B+

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