Ends Dec 17

Harry Clarke

Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great writing
18 reviews
61 reviews

Vineyard Theatre's world premiere solo show is a sexually charged comic thriller about a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Starring Tony winner Billy Crudup.

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Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.


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“Cale's ‘Harry Clarke’ feels a lot like a story we've heard before. Somewhat derivative, this solo play is nevertheless an undeniably entertaining meditation on identity and deception...Crudup is particularly convincing in both sexual and dialectical malleability, deftly juggling multiple accents...Silverman's unobtrusive staging puts its faith in Crudup and Cale's writing to hold the audience rapt, which turns out to be the right bet.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

“The charismatic, handsome actor exudes sex appeal, making his character's seductive talents fully credible. Crudup also delivers a tour-de-force performance; effortlessly delineating his multiple characters, switching accents at the drop of a hat and even singing...Unfortunately, his protean efforts are on behalf of a shaggy-dog story that, while it has its entertaining moments and wittily amusing observations, doesn't add up to very much...Crudup nonetheless makes it worthwhile.” Full Review

Time Out New York

“Compared to Cale’s previous pieces, 'Harry Clarke' is surprisingly thin...And there's something strangely dated about it, too...Crudup has fire-hose charm and a naughty triangular grin; he's charismatic enough to sell water to a duck. But he hasn't got an immaculate English accent...The piece, for all its faults, has just enough glamour to carry us along. As Harry tells us, sometimes even fake enchantment will do.” Full Review

The New York Times

“Crudup appears to be having the time of his life in a sly role terrifically suited to his gifts...One of the best things about the play is that for a long time it leaves us bamboozled into believing...Crudup has a natural sense of drama that needs no underlining. His vulpine charm makes it impossible not to like him, even as he grows alarming...The production, directed by Silverman, is just as masterly, playing quietly on the theme of making much out of little.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

“The audience is never told why it's hearing this story, nor does it learn until the end why the set looks as it does. Numerous incidents transpire but the structure resembles a shaggy dog story, with active events followed by passive ones…Crudup may not be the most chameleonic of actors but his chiseled features and personal charm, coupled with his use of subtle facial and gestural changes, agreeably engage us as he presents multiple characters, male and female, with creditable success.” Full Review

New York Daily News

“Slyly seductive and quietly creepy...The plot emits the musky scent of Highsmith’s dark and sexy thriller ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’. But Cale’s vivid details and imagery and tightly calibrated narrative gives the play its own distinction...Under the direction of Silverman, Crudup doesn’t make a false move...He glides seamlessly from one character to another — man, woman, gay, straight, drunk, sober. Playing an impostor, Crudup proves, once again, he’s the real deal.” Full Review


“Cale has created a full-bodied play with a real plot that just happens to enable one actor to play all the characters...Entertaining as the plot Mr. Cale has concocted is, the real fun is to watch Crudup take on all these characters. Without costume or cosmetic changes, he assumes all these people's quirks, voices and physical stances...’Harry Clarke’ counts on Cale's witty script and Crudup's virtuoso performance to make us buy into some of the factual improbabilities.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

“Cale’s exciting ‘Harry Clarke’ is a magnificently fun ride to take with Crudup, who is given numerous great moments and thrilling acting choices...Crudup is magnetic, holding our attention completely...He keeps us leaning in nervously as we try to figure out where this play is heading...Directed by the wonderful Silverman, the piece drives forward with an anxious edge that borders on excitement, tension, and fear of discovery.” Full Review

Gotham Playgoer

“An interesting idea, but Cale doesn’t handle the story particularly well...The saving grace, to the extent there is one, is Crudup’s performance. He is good with accents and even gets to sing a little. I’m not sure whether director Silverman could have done anything more to hide the weaknesses in the script...The play came across as a pale, rather clumsy imitation of Highsmith’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley.’” Full Review

The Wrap

“Played to perfection by Crudup...There’s a murder stuck in the middle of ‘Harry Clarke’, but you almost don’t notice it...There is, however, a lot of sex...An amazingly erotic play, amazing because there’s only Crudup on stage and he never engages in masturbation...There are instead many scenes of seduction...Throughout, Silverman’s direction creates an environment of seeping malevolence and impending threats that stands in stark contrast to the ebullient, unrepentant ‘Harry Clarke’.” Full Review


“Cale’s script is quite good, but the lion’s share of praise here belongs to Tony Award winner Crudup, who delivers -- under Silverman’s simple yet smart direction – the kind of tour-de-force solo performance that deserves to be remembered, even honored...He creates an entire world of believable characters...Still, there’s never one second during the show’s 80 minutes when you don’t know which character is talking and Crudup’s face even seems to change its features at times.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Crudup can mug with the best of them in the different characters he assumes in this one-man show so cleverly written by Cale. It’s not the distinctive voicing of females or males, but the physical and emotional subtlety he swiftly assumes as he morphs into each...All unfolds through the vivid performance skills of an amazing Crudup relating this outrageous story that is both funny and sexually charged...This is a dazzling piece of writing directed by the exceptional hand of Silverman.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Through David Cale's new play ‘Harry Clarke,’ we see how Brugglestein—portrayed by the sensational Billy Crudup—transforms into Harry Clarke...Crudup fills out the character and the messiness of coping with a traumatic childhood...In ‘Harry Clarke’ the story unfolds in sensitive, thrilling stories told by Crudup…Original music also written by Cale adds a refreshing element that helps distinguish Harry Clarke from many of Billy Crudup's other performances.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"A solo show with a compelling story told by a riveting actor in a tour-de-force performance...Crudup’s first-person delivery is mesmerizing. Flawlessly shifting from one to another...The show’s minimalist design allows us to focus on Crudup and his masterful delivery of the charismatic character and captivating narrative...An astutely written and insightfully performed study in character, identity, and persona that will have you laughing and leave you thinking about the nature of who you are." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

“As a piece of psychology, I’m not sure it hangs together. As a piece of writing, there’s not a lot new here, although Cale and Crudup bring plenty of gusto and plenty of brash sexiness to a somewhat familiar story. But as a character study and a piece of acting, it’s enormously fun, with dizzying layers when Crudup is playing Philip being Harry recounting Mark mimicking his sister or mother. Cale and Crudup have nailed the speech patterns of the Schmidt family...A trifle, but an entertaining... Full Review

Diandra Reviews it All

“Crudup is stellar...The actor proves that Hollywood has not done enough to bring his charm and emotional malleability to the forefront. Thus, leave it to the theatre world, to show you the true extent of his talent in a thriller that redefines the genre...‘Harry Clarke’ is thrilling and mysterious...Unlike most thrillers, you cannot really say if Brugglestein/Clarke is a bad or good guy, which shows the intelligence from which Cale wrote the script...A must-see.” Full Review

Theater Time

“Under the vivid and cinematic style direction of Silverman you could swear that there are more people on that stage than just Crudup...As good as the storytelling and as vital the direction, this is Crudup’s show all the way...There is a development near the end which I must say I found a bit impractical. Try to overlook that factor for this is still a very compelling work with a tour de force performance by Crudup.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“Amazing, incredible, sexy and haunting—take your pick. But they all seem like puny adjectives in light of Crudup's Herculean achievement...It's an auspicious meeting of talents that finds Cale collaborating with Silverman, who has an unerring eye for small, subtle details...Good old-fashioned storytelling' at its finest...A deft examination of identity, personality and the ability to reinvent oneself at the drop of a hat, 'Harry Clarke' will delight you and terrify you in equal measure.” Full Review

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Avg Score

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want one of the best performances to be seen anywhere in NYC. Billy Crudup is astounding.

Don't see it if you do not like solo performances. With an actor this great, you might change your mind.

Great acting, Entertaining, Great lighting

See it if Dazzling performance from Billy Crudup; Alan C. Edwards' creative lighting adds movement & emotional intensity & narrative delineation.

Don't see it if Pointless shaggy dog story runs out of interest & credulity but always a great excuse for marvelous acting.

Winning performance, Script is a long trip for small payoff, Talented mr. ripley meets the rainmaker

See it if you're a Crudup fan, who has a ball playing several accents/characters; you like chameleon characters, slippery as their motives may be

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows; you want to empathize with characters; ethical qualms about behavior prevent your engagement

Also What's most difficult to buy in this shaggy dog story is that people a... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you like Billy Crudup who is excellent in portraying many characters with different accents, gender, age etc. Riveting !

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows. I was thoroughly engaged and involved in the story.

Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see good acting about bi-sexual experiences and a man pretending to be someone else.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows.

Fascinating, troubling, unsettling

See it if a superb solo performance of character (s) is thrilling for you; Crudup captures the complexity of this love him/hate him man spot on

Don't see it if you don't like one actor performances or want all the strings tied up neatly at the end of the drama

Also Beautifully written and surprisingly detailed characters [male and fem... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like Billy Crudup and one-man shows. like an entertaining evening of sexual confusion and many characters played by one actor.

Don't see it if you don't like minimal sets, one-man shows, anything about homosexuality.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you can be seduced by a absorbing story

Don't see it if if you prefer your drama to have more than one character

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a masterful performance by Billy Crudup telling a riveting story.

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows. Although with changes in voices, accents, facial expressions and demeanors, he inhabits several characters.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate fine acting and writing. Billy Crudup was mesmerizing.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 man shows.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a fast paced story ... terrific acting...

Don't see it if You hate one man shows

Tour de force performance. witty. entertaining. naughty. somewhat slight.

See it if You appreciate brilliant acting and an entertaining picaresque tale.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows or plays in which sex is a main ingredient. You want something a bit deeper.

Also I enjoyed this play primarily because Billy Crudup's performance is a ... Read more Read less

Dark, Great acting, Masterful, Mesmerizing

See it if you want to lose yourself in 90 minutes of superb acting by Billy Crudup.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy dramas or shows without an intermission. Otherwise, don't miss this performance by Billy Crudup!

Also I have seen Billy Crudup perform whenever I can since seeing him in Pi... Read more Read less

Smart, surprising, creative, funny and dark

See it if You enjoy tour-de-force acting, a smart script, and a plot that takes surprising turns.

Don't see it if You cannot abide one-person shows--even with a master such as Crudup.

Also Haven't had such a good time in the theatre in a long time. Crudup is ... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if If you're a billy crudup fan he looks fantastic and his acting is sensational

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if I want to man play it seems like an entire evening

Don't see it if I want to man play it seems like an entire evening

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate extraordinary acting, well-crafted writing, and thinking about life choices

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-man shows

Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an amazing performance by Billy Crudup. Definitely a must see!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Mister Billy Crudup is simply divine. He tickles the audience with his wit, charm and SEX in all the right places and some. EXCELLENT PLAY

Don't see it if This one-man show is effortlessly fluid due to great writing, acting and staging. Billy Crudup balances humor and darkness with such ease.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to sit spellbound for 90 minutes, while one actor creates magic on a bare set, and transforms your experiences into something fresh

Don't see it if You need big sets, lots of action, or lack imagination to take words and stories and make them real.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you are a fan of Billy Crudup. He does a great job.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one man shows. It can be a slow go.

During previews
Dark, Riveting, Titillating, Acting is a 90

See it if Crudup plays a man of several identities as well as all the other characters in a compelling solo show. The play itself is predictable but..

Don't see it if Brought to life by Crudip's sexually charged performance on the minimalist set.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to want a master class in acting by Crudup , a one man tour de force complete with accents , totally enjoyable

Don't see it if You want a full cast but give him a chance . ..and he sings a bit too

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Solo

See it if Love a masterful solo storytelling performance.

Don't see it if Solo shows aren't your thing and need a lot of flash and change of scenery to make an evening worth your while.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch a masterful performance by Billy Crudup, as he unravels an interesting story about the life of a self-invented man.

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows and following the movements of 11 different characters. Sexual inferences. You cannot sit for 90 minutes.

Also David Cale is the playwright and usually performs his own plays. This ... Read more Read less