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The Windslow Boy
Playing at the American Airlines Theatre located at 227 West 42nd Street. It runs two hours forty five minutes with one intermission. The play closes on December 1, 2013.
The play first appeared on Broadway in 1947. In 1948 it was made into a movie and in 1999 a new film version was directed by David Mamet.
Peter McKintosh won the 2012 Olivier Award for best costume design, for “Crazy for You”. In 2008 he was nominated for a Tony Award for costume and scenic design for “The 39 Steps”.
Michael Cumpsty was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for “End of The Rainbow”.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe award in 1996 for “The Color of Money”.
Roger Rees won a Tony Award and Olivier Award for “The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” in 1982.
The play takes place over a period of two years, from 1913 thru 1914.
Ronnie Windslow (Spencer Davis Milford) is home from Osborne Naval College. He has a letter from his school. In it he is accused of stealing a five shilling Postal order and cashing it. He is expelled from school. His father Arthur (Roger Rees) asks him if this is true. Ronnie says no. The play is based around his father trying to clear his son’s reputation.
Meanwhile his sister Catherine (Charlotte Parry) gets engaged to John Watherstone (Chandler Williams). She is a free thinker, a suffrage. The family lawyer Desmond Curry (Michael Cumpsty) finds them a highly sought barrister (lawyer) Sir Robert Morton (Alessan Nivola) to take on the case. Desomond has feelings for Catherine. But the feelings are not mutual.
The struggle to clear his sons name takes a toll on Arthur health. His wife Grace (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) is at her wits end. The rest of the families lives are affected by this turmoil. Included are another son Dickie (Zachary Scott) and the maid Violet (Henny Russell).
This is an enjoyable period piece. I’m not telling you what happen you have to see it for yourself.
The costumes are great and so is the set.
Did I mention they have English accents? Well don’t let that hold you back from seeing this show.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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