The Wild Project presents a solo show tracing the life of famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. More…
Joseph Menino stars in this U.S. premiere by playwright Joseph Vitale. 'Murrow' covers the high points of the journalist's career, including his early years at Columbia Broadcasting Systems, onsite reports of the 1940s bombing of London, the liberation of Buchenwald, and the on-air collapse of Senator Joe McCarthy’s 'Red Scare' campaign. More than just a biographical look at an icon and pioneer of American broadcast journalism, 'Murrow' is a stinging indictment of the contemporary corporate-media complex.
“A fascinating look at one of last century’s most exceptional journalists...Director Williams shepherds Menino through the solo performance, together wisely crafting a Murrow out of history and authenticity, but Menino’s performance is not an impersonation...The effect is engrossing...The play is beautifully written and kudos go to Menino for his portrayal of Murrow and to Williams for recreating the historical elements. It is a must-see.” Full Review
"Joseph Menino gives a superb performance as the legendary news broadcaster and journalist Edward R. Murow in this ambitious solo play that is strikingly presented…Director Jeremy Williams fills this two-hour presentation with vivid and indelible historical images…Mr. Williams seamlessly integrates the performance’s grandeur with the outstanding technical elements into a compelling production." Full Review
“Murrow, the man, furnishes the frame for Murrow, the reporter. Both are magnificently brought to life via a superb collaboration between playwright Joseph Vitale, performer Joseph J. Menino and director Jeremy Williams...Merino’s Murrow is the class act that the original deserved. His resemblance to Morrow was impressive and I was utterly enthralled by his performance. It never felt like a one-man show...To follow Vitale’s ‘Murrow’ through recent history is a privilege.” Full Review
“The script by Joseph Vitale stars Joseph Menino, who has the look of the eminent broadcaster….Although the play would benefit from more insight into Murrow’s personality, for those who admire the man and his work, ‘Murrow’ is a good start. Given today’s backdrop of political correctness, 'Murrow' reminds us of a time when broadcasters spoke their mind—and were willing to accept the consequences.” Full Review
"Vitale succeeds in giving a fairly in-depth overview of Murrow's life and career. Whether he succeeds in drawing any overarching conclusion about the larger significance of Murrow’s career is debatable…Vitale isn’t quite able to unite the play’s two halves under a single thematic umbrella. But any biography-based drama is going to be somewhat episodic in nature...He doesn’t try to jam the material to fit a single thesis about the man, his era, or his profession." Full Review
"Vitale’s research and Menino’s performance are very good; at times, amazing. However the production as a whole falls short. The attempt to produce a piece on Murrow’s whole life, a true biography, doesn’t serve him well...It’s worth seeing the show for Menino’s performance, for the essence he captures. The core of this production is an amazing experience, but it needs to get out of its own way." Full Review
See it if You can watch an actor fully immerse into a role. Joe Menino is a powerhouse in this piece which explore issues of privacy and consumption.
Don't see it if You hate one-man shows.
See it if Though not a pitch-perfect embodiment of Murrow's distinctive personality, his prophetic words are more haunting than ever in Trump World
Don't see it if You don't want a frightening history lesson or a one-man play often based on known quotations.
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