In The Grand Manner, A.R. Gurney Looks Back at Broadway's Past, and His Own

Lincoln Center mounts a story of stagestruck youth

Under Mark Lamos's direction, the likeable four-person cast skillfully keeps the flavors swirling. Burton and Steggert, asked to carry the main burden of Gurney's thought, come off slightly indecisive compared to Wehle and Gaines, who, under less pressure, give their roles more specificity, and also appear to be having a great deal more fun. Gaines, encouraged by the script to rant and gesticulate, seizes the chance with such flair that at several points I thought I was watching the late Ellis Rabb—an actor-director who practiced the grand manner in its full flamboyance.

Wehle, Steggert, and Burton in a tale by a "caught-between" writer.
Joan Marcus
Wehle, Steggert, and Burton in a tale by a "caught-between" writer.

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