Joan Marcus
Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 14, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

La Bete

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
10/14/10
performer
David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance
director
Matthew Warchus

We gave it an A-

In La Bête, British theater treasure Mark Rylance lets loose an astonishing tumble of words as a vapid, idiotically self-confident populist playwright; as a competing artist, David Hyde Pierce represents intellectual rigor, conservatism, and boring old standards. The plumage and elegant dialogue-in-verse of NYC-born David Hirson’s wily comedy suggests Molière-era France, but don’t be fooled: In director Matthew Warchus’ exuberant Broadway production, the issues are blog-post current. A-

(Tickets: telecharge.com or 212-239-6200)

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