By Thom Geier
Updated April 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Festen

type
  • Stage

Family reunions are often unpleasant, but the gathering in Festen, based on Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg’s 1998 movie, is a doozy. Toasting his well-to-do father’s 60th birthday, Christian (Michael Hayden) accuses his dad (Larry Bryggman) of molesting him and his twin sister, who recently killed herself. In a production that feels slack overall, it’s a rare moment that crackles. And the cast seems slightly (sometimes wildly) off, from ER ‘s Julianna Margulies as another fraught sibling to Ali MacGraw as the family grande dame to a histrionic Jeremy Sisto, still channeling Billy from Six Feet Under. (212-239-6200)

Festen

type
  • Stage
director
  • Rufus Norris

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