Michael C. Hall praised for Broadway return in lacklustre The Realistic Joneses

Actor Michael C. Hall has won high praise for his “superb” Broadway return in The Realistic Joneses, even though some critics have savaged the dark comedy itself. The Dexter star teamed up with Marisa Tomei, Toni Collette and Tracy Letts to take playwright Will Eno’s show to Broadway, after previously winning rave reviews at the Yale Repertory Theatre in Connecticut, but its New York version has failed to wow theatre buffs following its opening night on Sunday (06Apr14).
The play, about the lives of two married couples and neighbours, fell flat with Entertainment Weekly writer Melissa Rose Bernardo, who claims the production is “surprisingly short on plot” and brands the 90-minute show “excruciatingly long”, while The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney muses, “While the play is stuffed with droll wordplay and wry comic observations that hit the mark, you can also feel much of its humor and poetry not quite landing – getting lost in the airy space of a large auditorium.”
The New York Daily News’ theatre critic Joe Dziemianowicz applauds Sam Gold for his “tight direction”, noting that the cast is “natural and convincing”, but admits the story fails to develop, stating, “The engine remains stuck in second. Keeping up with these Joneses quickly loses its appeal”.
However, the production wasn’t all bad – Rooney is a big fan of the all-star cast, singling out Hall for praise in his first Broadway role in 15 years, writing, “Hall has the meatiest role here, and he’s superb”, and Variety’s Marilyn Stasio hails Letts’ performance, insisting he “plays crusty-old-guy to perfection”.