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Les Liaisons Dangereuses NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(295 Reviews)
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83%
Mixed
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Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Clever

About the Show

Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star in Donmar Warehouse's revival of the classic tale of sex, power, and betrayal among the 18th-century French aristocracy.

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Clever, Edgy, Intense, Strong mcteer, Weak schreiber

See it if you're a McTeer fan (I am). She dominates without an equal sparring partner. Liev falls flat. Almost all-white cast. Polished production.

Don't see it if you're upset by scheming characters who purposely hurt others...and thereby themselves. Cruelty is a game. A talky show; some parts drag. Read more

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Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Delightful

See it if You're a fan of period piece scaled down. I didn't see the original but from what I understand this one is a lot "simpler"...I like that.

Don't see it if You adored the original I think you will probably be disappointed.

Critic Reviews (63)

October 30th, 2016

"Ms. McTeer and Mr. Schreiber come across as magnificent bulls who have strayed into a Limoges china shop...Directed by Josie Rourke, this latest 'Liaisons' falls into the trap of such broadness early and lies there, gesticulating madly, for more than two and a half hours. Occasionally something like real feeling raises its startled head — especially in the second act, when Valmont falls in love despite himself. But such twinges of emotion are more disruptive than illuminating."
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October 30th, 2016

"Ghostly and sensuous revival of Christopher Hampton’s hit play (based on the 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)...Schreiber’s impassive libertine pairs nicely with McTeer’s vengeful, wicked widow. Director Josie Rourke opts for a languid pace as these two dance a minuet of wasted love and cruelty, a game in which death is the prize and the winner feels cheated."
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October 30th, 2016

""A gorgeous but tiresome revival...Most of the laughs in the first half-hour were dead on arrival. That’s exactly backward; 'Liaisons' works better as a rollicking comedy that then pulls you up short, slowly implicating you in its cruelty. It doesn’t help that Rourke directs the ensemble to make the minimal set changes between scenes while prancing and singing as if at Fragonard garden party. It’s a triumph of the visual over the dramatic, or would be but for the actors fighting back."
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October 30th, 2016

"A blazing performance by Janet McTeer...Even if Liev Schreiber is ill-suited for the part of Valmont, Josie Rourke's evocative staging provides a compelling portrait of a dissolute aristocracy on the brink of devouring itself...All this would be just so much juicy bodice-ripping melodrama without Hampton's glittering dialogue and without Rourke's sound psychological investigation of the characters' motives...Visually, Rourke's production is both pared-down and sumptuous."
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October 31st, 2016

"Who’d have thought that the most provocative battle of the sexes on Broadway this year would be a 31-year-old play based on an 18th-century French novel?...Sexual intrigue among aristocrats may seem quaint. But director Josie Rourke’s staging, fueled by the ferocious talents of Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, proves this is hardly the case...The director extracts witty, erotically charged and deeply moving performances, and not just from the two leads."
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October 30th, 2016

"Under the direction of its artistic director, Josie Rourke, wit and style count more than passion...When Merteuil realizes that Valmont is no longer playing their game, McTeer’s silent reaction is devastating...Valmont has his own piercing insight...Schreiber gives it his best shot, but the sensitive feelings of a charming libertine don’t register in the same way that his more animal appetites do...But while director Rourke’s casting seems a bit bizarre, her staging is superb."
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November 3rd, 2016

"Josie Rourke, the director, and Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, the stars, seem not to realize that for most of its length, 'Liaisons' is a high comedy about two lost souls who end up in hell. The acting is consistently unsubtle and unfunny—Ms. McTeer and Mr. Schreiber both mistake archness for wit—and the direction and design are even more heavy-handed."
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November 2nd, 2016

"I’ve seen excellent productions of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' including five movies. This is not one of them...Christopher Hampton’s elegant prose is not well served by a cast that either rushes through the dialogue or swallows it like candy from the concession stand. Both stars seem handcuffed by their roles...The rest of the cast, under Josie Rourke’s uneven direction, is sorely lacking in gusto. They’re not physical, sexy, or powerful enough...A big disappointment."
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October 30th, 2016

"I don’t think the feminist angle is new, and certainly not new to Hampton’s terrific script, now three decades old. So Rourke’s production seems so much gilding of the lily, as it were, making the points with as heavy a hand as possible. It’s skillfully performed, sometimes visually arresting but mostly just plain crude...It’s an oddly off-putting mix of period melodrama and contemporary finger-wagging that left me unmoved and deflated."
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October 30th, 2016

"Though a whiff of pleasurable malice is supposed to perfume this story of havoc-wreaking romantic duelists, joy is nowhere to be located in director Josie Rourke’s soporific production. Neither McTeer nor Schreiber is particularly well suited to the role of nonpareil seducer...Both the combat and the play itself come across as excessively artificial, an impression reinforced by Rourke’s fussy and fuzzy directorial choices."
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October 30th, 2016

"It is both miscast and misdirected. Also — to be fair to director Josie Rourke and all involved here — time also has not been kind to a play that, to be frank, centers on a scene that now feels too much like the sexual abuse of a minor...This plodding, dull production does not seem to understand the pitfalls of that particular scene, and thus does not do enough to remediate those concerns...The major problem is Liev Schreiber."
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October 30th, 2016

"Delivers all the thrill of watching paint dry...For this play to work there must be high stakes and hot chemistry between the Vicomte de Valmont (Schreiber) and Marquise de Merteuil (McTeer)...The elephant in the theater is that Schreiber is miscast...McTeer fares better. She is a striking presence on stage. She captures Merteuil’s sly cold-hearted calculation as well as her vulnerability. But eventually she becomes static and one-note. Dangerous liaisons? More like bland ones."
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October 30th, 2016

"The new revival of Hampton’s crowd-pleasing erotic thriller is puzzling enough to fall into the category of 'what were they thinking?'...Director Josie Rourke has managed to take the fun and suspense out of this well-made drama through bad casting and design choices, leaving a disjointed, dull and dragging production...Schreiber’s Valmont is disengaged and stiff instead of smooth and sexy...McTeer gives an authoritative performance, but she has zero chemistry with Schreiber."
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November 4th, 2016

"Rourke’s stylistically evocative staging portends the waning days of the French aristocracy. And with an excellent cast it certainly looks and sounds just right. But it’s marred somewhat by a less than climactic ending. What should be a cathartic battle royale fails to ignite sufficient heat. And instead of a tragedy we get a lukewarm finale. Fortunately, there’s McTeer and Schreiber in the leads. For the bulk of the drama, it’s great entertainment watching these unparalleled actors."
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October 30th, 2016

"Only intermittently compelling...With a bold design concept and acidly cynical staging, director Josie Rourke convincingly argues that this is the perfect time for a play about the twilight gavotte of a rotten aristocracy. It leaves us wishing that the cast could keep up with the tempo...In bringing so many artfully executed ideas to the design, Rourke has unfortunately neglected some of the basics that make this drama endurable. The performances range from stilted to hypernaturalistic."
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October 31st, 2016

"McTeer and Schreiber star in a well-acted and visually gorgeous production...Rourke's production plays down such humor, going for a cold, emotionally stark feel that is quite captivating. McTeer's Merteuil is brilliantly manipulative, and while she lavishly embraces Hampton's elevated language, her silences can be overwhelming. Schreiber's Valmont is cool and understated, a man who knows his devastatingly manly good looks will accomplish more than his wit."
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October 31st, 2016

"We have grown so familiar with these decadent creatures and their labyrinthine intrigues that something extra is needed to spice things up -- something which, I submit, is altogether missing in Josie Rourke's respectable, but unexciting, staging...In some hard-to-isolate, yet utterly crucial, way the two stars fail to connect...For all the hard work going on at the Booth, inspiration is missing. Merteuil and Valmont go through the motions, but, really, they aren't in the mood."
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October 30th, 2016

"There's practically nothing in this Donmar Warehouse production that touches on danger of any recognizable kind. That is, unsurprisingly, a problem...Only once the second act hits its stride does this production get interesting, and McTeer and Schreiber become genuinely invested. They still have to fight the severe stodginess of Rourke's staging...Merteuil and Valmont should always be flirting with danger. Here, they spend most of their time not flirting with anything at all."
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November 4th, 2016

"The acrimonious pas de deux between Merteuil and Valmont (as well as the heartbreaking collateral damage) knocks the wind out of the audience. This is no 'feel good' story, but rather a brilliant, exhausting, psychological drama filled with dynamic dialog and complex character interplay...'Liaisons' is an emotionally tough play to endure...On the night I attended, several people left during intermission; but, a large number of those who stayed gave it a standing ovation."
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October 30th, 2016

"The foppish Valmont isn't a natural fit for Schreiber. Yet, he displays deft comic timing to bring out the eye-winking humor in Hampton's text...There's no question that Ms. Rourke has given the nasty pair's story a striking and symbolically rich production...Janet McTeer is superb...I have nothing but praise for the stylish staging of this much-told tale of sexual intrigue. And the current presidential campaign underscores the evolving timeliness of Hampton's text more than ever."
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November 5th, 2016

"Tepid. That about sums it up...While McTeer is magnificent as always, she cannot alone hold up the tent. Mr. Schreiber mumbles and seems preoccupied...As for the rest–well honestly they don’t seem to matter too much. They are executing the story, and that is all...Perhaps if it were a better production it would rise above the text into a loftier position. This one only serves to remind us that women’s position is best prone and that their fates are in general fodder for locker-room banter."
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October 30th, 2016

"Schreiber is riveting in that dastardly role, matching the spectacular McTeer at every jab and thrust. McTeer, a true master of the stage, gives us a woman in full control of each and every devious turn...Josie Rourke has not let her guard down and has given us an equally impressive theatrical experience...McTeer grabs us in that last scene and takes control, demolishing our memories of the film and replacing them with her assured performance."
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November 6th, 2016

"The ill-timed if stylish new Broadway revival...Liev Schreiber is either miscast or misdirected...The look of this production is certainly impeccable...But strip away the British locutions, the elegant costumes and the fancy fencing, and the (mostly) quality performances: Does Valmont’s 'seduction' of the child Cecile, in which he carries her onto the bed, and sticks his hand under her dress, in some way differ from a sexual assault?"
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October 30th, 2016

"Director Josie Rourke’s production is modestly successful...It’s difficult to ascertain what’s awry in this mostly tepid production—it’s like going on a date with someone who checks all the boxes but with whom you find no spark. As the manipulative Merteuil, McTeer is downright juicy in her interpretation of the text...While there’s plenty to find attractive in 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' it’s ultimately an unfinished canvas."
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October 30th, 2016

"Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber are generating the sexual, seductive sparks that make Josie Rourke’s new production of Christopher Hampton’s 'Les Liaisions Dangereuses' so extremely compelling. What initially seemed to me to be a less-than-necessary revival turns out to be required viewing for serious theatergoers...Delivering a quip or sting with the aim of an Olympic archer or concealing her sneer beneath a crocodile smile, McTeer is never less than masterful."
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November 3rd, 2016

"Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber have no chemistry, no seething wit or malice and are terribly miscast...For three hours Josie Rourke fails to bring the play to life. I blame her for this dull uneventful stagnate production. Ms. McTeer is neither sexy, powerful, nor cruel enough. She is like a tall cool glass of water who the posing Schreiber does not connect an ounce with. This time the Donmar Warehouse fails."
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October 30th, 2016

"Rourke offers a feminist reading of the work, one in which the roles women play, by force and by choice, are closely examined...This is an astute and intellectually provocative approach, but it doesn’t always serve the rather more salacious script...Schreiber’s Valmont is no match for Merteuil. He layers some of his eventual rout into the earlier scenes, all but ceding the stage to McTeer. McTeer knows what to do with it...Her extraordinary performance is scorching and chilling."
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October 30th, 2016

"This new 'Liaisons,' directed by the Donmar’s artistic director Josie Rourke, is intelligent, colorful, and lively (mostly)...McTeer's Marquise is successful, on its own; but she seems to be observing the proceedings, rather than determinedly pulling the strings. Part of this might be due to a mismatch with Mr. Schreiber, who is also an actor of great power. Not quite so much here. Without the pair engaging in a dastardly battle of wits on a taut tightrope, the play restlessly drags on."
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October 30th, 2016

"Why are the many American actors in the new Broadway revival talking with an English accent?...In Liev Schreiber’s eccentric performance, this audio disconnect provides one of the few pleasures in what is otherwise a lethargic production...McTeer can best be described as arch in her overly mannered approach to the character’s machinations...As presented here, the Hampton play turns into another of those British middle-brow dramas masquerading as high art."
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November 3rd, 2016

"Schrieber is especially deft in the role...McTeer is adept at hauteur toward Valmont and others, but also effective in unleashing venom and communicating inner pain and distress...Director Rourke strikes a balance between the nastiness of the interplay and the humor derived from it...The drama could use some cutting, as after a while the events seem repetitive...While this is not a production for the ages, it is certainly a reputable addition to the lore and lure of Hampton’s work."
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October 30th, 2016

"The casting of Schreiber as slinky, high-styled sexual predator Le Vicomte de Valmont in 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' threatened to be an uneasy fit...Director Josie Rourke’s celebrated revival from her Donmar Warehouse was hardly a sure thing. It is one now...Schreiber finds another way, an increasingly irresistible way, into a character generally expected to exemplify the exquisite, unrepentant boredom of the pre-Revolution French aristocracy."
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October 30th, 2016

"Where’s the thrill: theirs and ours?...Janet McTeer at least has oodles of fun, and we with her...She is wonderful, malevolent company....Schreiber seems hangdog, not sneering, low energy and cautious when he should, at least early on, be surveying rooms with beady, acquisitive eyes and lascivious intent...The pile-up of self-awareness, contrition, tragedy, and regret at the end happens so quickly its impact feels fleeting. Ultimately, these liaisons seem more tedious than dangerous."
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October 31st, 2016

“The Booth Theatre pluses with a kind of erotic energy rarely achieved on stage — or really, anywhere. Much credit for this is due to Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer, two kinetic actors at the height of their careers whose onstage chemistry and mastery of their craft makes this one of the most delectable nights of theatre Broadway has seen in years...The vision of the play put forth by Rourke is both stunning and illuminating of Hampton’s text.”
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October 31st, 2016

"The evening doesn't have the smashing impact you expect...Schreiber has powerful moments, but he's not the most subtle boulevardier on the rue...McTeer is her usual persuasive, interesting self, and in the late scenes, when Merteuil and Valmont have their long-delayed showdown, she and Schreiber together produce some extremely volatile theater. It's a shame this revival doesn't get in touch with that urgent dramatic tone more consistently during the evening."
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October 31st, 2016

"Promiscuity no longer carries the same mortal taint it did in the 18th century. And fallen women certainly don’t get packed off to convents any more...But in every other respect Janet McTeer brings Laclos’s original vision of a consummately two-faced anti-heroine to thrilling life in this revival...As Valmont, Schreiber is clearly and rightly the junior partner. But he too delivers a commanding performance, full of wry comic touches, even if an extra touch of menace occasionally seems lacking."
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November 9th, 2016

"Regretfully, McTeer and Schreiber elicit no fireworks...Instead of lusty magneticism, he appears bored and disengaged. The two banter with clever flirtations but any fire between them has been long extinguished. After almost three languorous hours, the vicious guiles of Merteuil and Valmont become tiresome. Directed by Josie Rourke, the play has entertaining moments seesawing between sharp wit and cynicism. Rourke elicits sharp portraits from the supporting cast."
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October 30th, 2016

"The Donmar Warehouse has imported a production worthy of Christopher Hampton’s text. The stage is both lavish and dilapidated, the walls peeling and the floor littered with paintings as if the French aristocracy were already preparing to flee the Revolution—and indeed, by the end of the play, most of the set has disappeared. Director Josie Rourke has flawlessly choreographed the action so that at moments we forget we are watching a devastating tragedy rather than a bedroom farce."
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October 30th, 2016

"Rourke's new revival does many things right...Yet this 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' has a fatal flaw—a miscast and uncomfortable-looking Liev Schreiber...Without a compelling Valmont at its center, the first act of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' never sufficiently heats up...The second act proves a little too bitter...This may very well be what Rourke is after—a 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' more horrific than satiric—but it doesn't quite seem true to the spirit or complexity of Hampton's play."
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November 3rd, 2016

"In other roles, Schreiber radiates a dark, dangerous masculinity, but here he's earnest, almost puppyish...That geniality saves him when it comes to an uncomfortable scene that would seem a lot like a rape in another actor's hands...No one can look at anyone else when McTeer is on stage anyway. The minute she walks through the doorway of her crumbling drawing room, her skirts swishing silently, the candle chandeliers flickering across her face, she is the queen of her domain."
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November 4th, 2016

"Productions can vary, casts can give different interpretations, and weak directors misguide the show but this play about love, passion, deceit, seduction, lust and much more is a marvel to behold...Schreiber and McTeer are both very good but they don’t strike the right chord together. They lack the sting the two need that causes all this devastation around them and that comes from faulty direction...Despite the minor flaws I mentioned, I strongly recommend 'Les Liaisons.'"
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December 2nd, 2016

"La Marquise de Merteuil remains as wicked in New York as London in the hands of the splendid Janet McTeer but Liev Schreiber’s Valmont isn’t quite evil enough to get the full force of Christopher Hamptons’s award-winning drama. Schreiber’s perfectly skilled in the part, bringing to it, appropriately, his own interpretation, but he plays Valmont laconically, even comically at times. It muddies the character...The direction by Josie Rourke is assured as always."
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October 30th, 2016

"A significantly more confident and sexier iteration of Josie Rourke's production. Janet McTeer is joined by Liev Schreiber as her co-conspirator in sexual mayhem; together they capture the characters’ supreme vitality as well as their vulnerabilities. There's a faster heartbeat – and darker heartache – to their tangled dance of deceit, but Rourke’s production breathes easier on a larger head-on proscenium stage where it is not as crowded as it was on the three-sided Donmar stage."
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October 30th, 2016

"The formidable McTeer has made the leap and so has the taut direction by the Donmar’s Artistic Director Josie Rourke. Liev Schreiber makes a welcome, languid return to Broadway with more than enough chemistry with his co-star...Christopher Hampton’s dark comedy of sexual intrigue in pre-Revolutionary France can be overly fanciful and drag during its three-hour run time, but this revival simply crackles as a witty comedy descends into horrific satire."
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October 31st, 2016

"Stagey and self-consciously acted, never rich and emotionally resonant. Despite the prodigious acting talent on stage, you never actually care about their characters...McTeer is fun to watch, steely, crafty, and occasionally, briefly, vulnerable...There's no sense of play in Schreiber's performance, and so none in Merteuil and Valmont's games...For a play about sensual decadence, what we're watching is a staid affair...It's sexual decadence as interpreted by Puritans."
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November 3rd, 2016

"McTeer holds our interest as the deceitful woman who is her own worst enemy and Kampouris is convincing as the virginal, yet sexually curious Cecile. Not much else compels us to remain engaged with the action...Rourke fails to ignite chemistry between any of the characters, particularly between McTeer and Schreiber...Everything has a mechanical feel and the two hours and 45 minutes feel very long and unsatisfying for a play that's supposed to be all about passion and fulfillment."
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October 30th, 2016

"McTeer and Schreiber have such great chemistry...It's difficult to watch Valmont ravish Cecile (especially because this Cecile looks so young)...The direction, by Josie Rourke, doesn't help...Schreiber and Sorensen have no chemistry...Sure, McTeer and Schreiber are red hot lovers as the Marquise and Valmont, but everyone and everything else (save the always welcome Peil) pales in comparison. Danger, Will Robinson. Skip this liaison."
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October 31st, 2016

"Prepare to swoon. This opulent revival is delectably seductive, a theatrical pleasure with two consummate actors seducing each other and everyone else they can find, especially us. Josie Rourke directs this long, luscious play by creating superb stage pictures, arranging the characters with shrewd delicacy...They are delectable in their plotting, wicked in their amusements, and heartless in their sport-sex."
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December 18th, 2016

"The wit and intelligence and fierce pride was on full display in the lead characters, there's no doubt about that. But the production has been directed at a glacial pace...Even though they emitted no sexual sparks or chemistry, Schreiber and McTeer are always worth seeing. They're such wonderful, intelligent but also vitally alive stage performers that watching them construct a character from top to bottom is fascinating. They both had delicious moments, but generally not with each other."
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November 8th, 2016

"McTeer and Schreiber have such an accomplished interaction with each other, it’s like watching a master class in How to Act with Someone Really Good...Yet the intimacy between them can be extreme, as if McTeer and Schreiber are in one play by themselves, with all the other actors in another. Fascinating to watch, but not engaging...Go see this perfectly postmodern production. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a rare treat. Don’t miss it."
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October 30th, 2016

"This new staging signals the Broadway debut of English director Josie Rourke and marks the first 'Liaisons' in my experience to come anywhere near the power of the original. Its newfound elan is thanks to a sizzling cast led by the sublime Janet McTeer and a bolder take on the piece from Rourke...Rourke allows a period piece to tap into gender wars that are being waged even now while ensuring that this 'Liaisons' feels newly dangerous, indeed."
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December 26th, 2016

"Schreiber's performance sapped emotional energy, as if his lines had to be delivered through a pillow, which makes it, instead of a thrilling romp, a very slow, nearly three-hour wind up before we get the pitch...McTeer can make us pay attention to her with the merest flick of a fingernail in the air...Sadly there’s not a great deal of chemistry between the principals–we sense more mutual respect than anything. More convincing were the 'marks' in Valmont’s romantic cons."
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November 3rd, 2016

"McTeer is clearly in charge of the game, which makes for an unbalanced battle with Schreiber, who is fun to watch but isn't fully convincing as an unfailing seducer...That difference diminishes the impact of the events in the second act, leaving the play’s cleverness intact but its passions practically nonexistent...The production...is handsome and evocative with any given moment seemingly recreated from a period work of art. Alas, like the paintings, what's on stage feels static."
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October 31st, 2016

"Directed but Josie Roarke, this strong production goes for a straight interpretation of the play...Schreiber and McTeer work admirably to fill those very large shoes delivering the play’s clever bon mots with relish. Though set in another time of French aristocrats, the play seems very current today where sexual politics is so much in the news."
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December 25th, 2015
For a previous production

"'Cruelty,' purrs Janet McTeer, the scintillating epicenter of an unbalanced revival of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'...Imposing of stature and sinuous of speech, McTeer lends a flickering allure to Rourke’s production...The play demands equal sparring partners, and there has yet to be a stage 'Liaisons' whose leads have been as beautifully matched as Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan...Still, McTeer exerts such a force field that a long evening acquires its own fevered pulse."
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December 17th, 2015
For a previous production

"Rourke's respectful revival is a handsome and mirthful affair, albeit low on sex or surprises...For a play so steeped in sex, Rourke's revival is oddly chaste...Overall, these liaisons feel a little low on danger for a story so deeply rooted in dark, destructive passions. Thankfully, Hampton's rapier-witted dialogue saves the day, adding verbal Viagra to the action onstage, even when the cast cannot quite rise to the occasion."
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December 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"Hampton manages to retain the secrecy and disclosure, while reconstructing the action to reveal an elegant, classical symmetry beneath the surface. Its several relationships reflect one another to reveal a specification of sexual politics and practices...However, 'Les Liaisons' needs grounding in reality. It gets very little here...By making Valmont and the Marquis so, so, so scandalous, Rourke blows any chance of unpicking them psychologically or socially."
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December 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"Has there ever been a better stage adaptation of a novel than this one by Hampton? He took an epistolary novel and created a drama full of symmetry, sex and style. Even if Rourke’s revival cannot totally trump memories of the original production, it is still an evening to richly savour...The story’s real irony, beautifully brought out by Hampton’s magnificent text and Rourke’s production, is that both Valmont and Merteuil are still fatally attracted to each other."
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December 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"The trick, as Rourke’s Donmar revival brilliantly grasps, is to ensure the piece makes complete psychological sense – so that we can follow every weather-vane twist of emotion and dagger-like plunge of plot. But the trick, above all, is to keep things light as possible...The evening descends by degrees into a ferocious, self-destructive battle of the sexes. There’s no faulting McTeer, who is the embodiment of glacial elegance...West is initially a few inches north of being just-right."
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December 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"Rourke has compiled a superb cast...What starts out as a light-hearted comedy of manners amongst those who should know better eventually transforms into a profoundly serious exploration of the nature of love and the consequences of rejection. Janet McTeer is deliciously wicked as the Marquise. While Dominic West was suitably louche...There is no excuse to miss out on one of the highlights of the season."
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December 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"In general, I dislike the 'X cannot efface the memory of Y' school of theatre criticism but it would be idle to pretend that the acting here is on that stratospheric level of elegantly deadly cynicism and poised, manipulative skulduggery...The production finds it harder to achieve an appropriate tone for the behaviour of the denizens of this highly cultured snake pit...Dominic West who is an excellent actor, seems to me miscast and not well directed here."
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December 21st, 2015
For a previous production

"Hampton is one of our finest adaptors/translators of French drama, and here he has turned Laclos’s epistolary novel into a dynamic drama. The callous, exploitative Valmont and Merteuil play their emotional and sexual chess games both directly and by proxy...You would be hard put ever to see a more knowing performance than McTeer’s as Merteuil...Her impeccable straight face during an exchange of sexually based dramatic ironies is especially masterly."
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December 18th, 2015
For a previous production

"West is Valmont, a compulsive womaniser and relentless poseur, and McTeer is the icy Marquise de Merteuil, who’s equally obsessed with dominating everyone she encounters...This is theatre at its most seductive and sinister. One could complain that it’s too long — or that the ending is a touch underwhelming. But there is a huge amount to admire in this pitch-black comedy of manners, which radiates the very opposite of seasonal cheer."
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January 14th, 2016
For a previous production

"'Liaisons' really is such a terrific play. Hampton’s adaptation is just so good - full of passion, intrigue, betrayal, loss and gender politics. And all these themes wrapped within this well-known story of a pair of schemers in pre-Revolutionary France....But what excited me most was just how bitingly relevant the gender politics in the writing remains...This is a great revival of a terrific play with much in its message that still (sadly) resonates 30 years after it first opened."
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An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's 'Drunk History') and then tries to corral others into…

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Opens Aug 09
NYC: Upper W Side

Shakespeare in the Park is back this summer with Jocelyn Bioh's joyous adaptation of "Merry Wives."

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