Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

About the show

On the heels of a sold out, twice-extended world premiere produced by Vineyard Theatre, Tony winner Billy Crudup returns to this one-man, comic thriller about a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life.

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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


"Personally, I could have learned more about young Philip’s schoolboy miseries. But playwright David Cale is anxious to get to the good part, where the kid turns into a full-blown confidence man...Crudup takes Harry deeper into the dark recesses of his adopted identity — especially the side of Harry who toys unmercifully with poor Mark and the members of his generous but gullible family. Crudup plays every character in this story with vocal precision and some subtle physical tricks." 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

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

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

New York Stage Review

"Crudup gives a performance that is altogether enchanting and decidedly bravura...Unmissable...A firm basis for an evening of theatrical delight. And a springboard for Crudup to breeze through a 90-minute performance which we might find astonishing if the actor weren't so irresistibly charming...Silverman directs with such skill that her work is invisible; Crudup glides through with no contrivance or crutches in evidence...A treasurable evening in the theater." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“Usually, Cale writes vehicles for himself; this time he outsourced the job to Crudup. The result is a joyful reinvention for both artists...Crudup delivers a tour de force...Cale establishes Philip's unhappy youth with such force that we find ourselves rooting for him...That we do so is due in no small measure to Crudup's seemingly effortless handling of the script...Watching Philip/Harry's wild ride provides an evening of wickedly enjoyable entertainment.” Full Review

New York Theater

"It takes a charismatic performance by the talented Mr. Crudup to make something undeniably entertaining out of Cale’s familiar and improbable yarn...What’s underneath 'Harry Clarke' feels incidental to what’s on its surface. Director Leigh Silverman smartly puts her trust in Crudup...Theatergoers might still side with Harry, for the same reason that the Schmidts are willingly deceived and exploited. We are seduced by the performance." Full Review

Front Row Center

“'Harry Clarke' reminded me once again that Billy Crudup is a terrific actor...That was what this production did for me. This was enough in an of itself, but it could have been so much more...Cale’s text is lacking in connectivity, and Silverman’s direction does little enhance the written word. This train is being powered entirely by the good intentions and determination of Crudup...While Crudup is more than inspiring to watch, I wish he had had material and direction that allowed him to soar.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“An unreliable narrator can be great fun...In this case an unreliable narrator can frustrate you, leaving an audience wondering exactly what was intended and whether or not they should care...Crudup holds the stage in this one-person show with his usual magnetic stage presence, ably shifting through multiple accents and characters with aplomb...Crudup’s mastery of the material is the main drawing card of this ultimately unsatisfying work." 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


"Crudup switches not only among Philip, Harry, and his sneering father, but also will transform himself with the widening of an eye, a deft riposte, into each member of the all-to-eager family. It’s a dazzler of a performance, choreographed with precision by director Leigh Silverman. It’s also quietly unsettling, I’d say even shocking, as we realize there’s a void where Harry’s soul should be. That’s what gives 'Harry Clarke' its inevitable poignancy." 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


“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

Theatre Reviews Limited

"A complex and engaging psychological study...Cale’s script is carefully developed: it has a well-defined dramatic arc and it features interesting and well-developed characters with engaging and believable conflicts...Under Silverman’s astute and unobtrusive direction, Crudup engages in a dramatic battle with the script and comes up the clear victor, unearthing Mr. Cale’s treasures and bringing Harry Clarke to life with inexorable energy and irrepressible wit." 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

Woman Around Town

"The point of playwright David Cale’s piece doesn’t seem to be its unresolved journey, but rather a look at the mercurial Harry and opportunity for an actor to embody multiple personalities...Crudup mostly keeps his characters separate, changing with speed and precision. The actor vibrates with theatrical focus through the entire production. Though character representation is good, Director Silverman doesn’t do much with her actor in terms of gesture or movement." 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

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Crudup soon has us forgetting this is a one-man play...The tale he tells is full of surprises, details, suspense; and there was total absorption...His is a tour-de-force performance, and it deserved the ovation that greeted him on his bows...This is exactly the sort of work that theaters like the Vineyard are mandated to offer, and they justify their leadership in this small group of explorers who sometimes come up with gold. This is one of those times." 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

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

This Week in New York Blog

"Tony winner Billy Crudup charms the audience much as the character he plays charms the Schmidt family in David Cale’s riveting one-man show. In his first solo performance, Crudup is captivating as Philip Brugglestein...Silverman knows just when to get Crudup on the move...The writing is so sharp, and the performance so astute, with a cinematic fervor, that you can easily visualize the places Harry goes." Full Review

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Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Brilliant, entertaining performance by Crudup of fascinating, sometimes confusing play. Ultimately a rich and memorable theater experience.

Don't see it if Some theatergoers may not agree and, therefore, may have a difficult time with the play.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you ever seriously imagined being someone eles. Billy Crudup snaps in & out of characters in a wild tale of impersonation gone too far.

Don't see it if you dislike one person show or find flexible morality distressing.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something like you've never seen before!

Don't see it if Don't bring little children. Otherwise, get a babysitter and GO!!!

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if You admire fine acting and an intelligent, twisting, suck-you-in script. Crudup is at the top of his game!

Don't see it if Need a splashy production. This is all about language and acting -- at its finest.

Also RUN (don't walk) to see HARRY CLARKE!

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if Billy Crudup playing 19 characters really well and telling a tale distinctly appeals to you.

Don't see it if one man shows bore you

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see a genius actor doing his thing perfectly.

Don't see it if you have a problem with a one-man show.

Also Billy Crudup is so, so, so good.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see excellent acting with an unusual script

Don't see it if you are expecting a full scale play

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if Whimsical dark edged meditation on identity, truth, sexuality as seen through the eyes of a con man; bravura performance by Billy Crudup

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows (tho Crudup is amazing) about a man who invents himself again and again while taking advantage of gullibility

Delightful, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a virtuoso in a tour-de-force performance. Billy Crudup is wonderful - charming, funny and sexy. A super fun night out.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like well done, intelligent, witty and vivid storytelling that allows you to visualize and share it all.

Don't see it if You do not like one-person performances, or if you like a lot of stage activity and props.

Funny, Clever, Virtuosic

See it if you want to see a consummate performer at the top of his game

Don't see it if you're looking for something more than just an extended monologue

Intricate and engaging

See it if Loved the story and was so impressed with Crudups execution-- riveted for the entire 90 minutes

Don't see it if Need the big splashy sets and costume changes to stay engaged. This is only a one man show.. though it didn't feel like it.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like one-man plays, well acted and entertaining. Billy Crudup is quite fabulous

Don't see it if if you are easily distracted by all the echoes of films (there is quite a bit of The Talented Mr Ripley and of Pasolini's Teorema in this)

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if For an exciting masterful solo performer weaving a funny story which can hold your attention throughout.

Don't see it if If prefer big productions & don't like solo performances & superb storytelling.

Funny, Absorbing, Dizzying, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like surprises and plot twists, appreciate the talent of one performer playing different characters, including one of his alter-ego.

Don't see it if do not like solo performances; or you are offended by explicit sexual references; or you do not like dark comedy.

Also Crudup gave an outstanding performance. He made me laugh even when his... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Well-paced, Great staging, Surprising

See it if You like good solo shows. Billy Crudup spins a complex tale, playing all the characters...including different versions of the narrator.

Don't see it if You don't like to have to concentrate to follow the narrative. Like more than one actor in shows.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if enjoy a great performance by a master actor.

Don't see it if monologues are not your cup of tea.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if like watching a great actor pull out all the stops.

Don't see it if you like a lot of production or don't like a one-man show.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to hear a great story by a great storyteller

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a powerhouse one man performance that is utterly absorbing. Very worth seeing.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one man shows or are homophobic.

Absorbing, Clever

See it if A play with an amazing Billy Crudup taking command of the stage. This comedy is a real crowd pleaser from start to finish.

Don't see it if You feel a one man show is not your thing and your attention span wanders if you don't have a spectacle on stage.

Funny, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if you are a Billy Crudup fan... I am not a fan of one person shows as actors don't always distinguish between characters, but Billy does..

Don't see it if you want a show with an interesting set design and a large cast...

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Very good performance and well written one man show. Amusing and absorbing story with a lot of humor.

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

Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a powerful one man show about a guy who pretends to be something he's not. He cleverly takes on several characters roles.

Don't see it if you do not like one person shows or if you have trouble with British accents. I sometimes had a problem understanding his dialogue.

Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Spellbinding

See it if You want to see one of the best one person shows ever! Billy Crudup is sensational handling all the characters. The story is exciting.

Don't see it if You want to see the typical one person show that feels more like someone’s therapy session rather than theatre. This is a complete story.

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