|Jessica Hecht, Jeremy Shamos, and Judith Light |
in The Assembled Parties
Credit: Joan Marcus
Parties, the story of a wealthy Upper West Side Jewish family and the outsider who becomes its loving caretaker, has many dazzlingly funny moments ("Republican Jews? What is that? It's like skinny fat people") and strong lead performances from Jessica Hecht and Judith Light, but I found it contrived and somewhat pretentious. Lucky Guy is a brawling, fast-paced vehicle for Hanks which moves like an action movie. Which one do you think box-office-minded Tony voters will go for? I'm guessing Lucky will be the lucky one on Tony night. The other main contenders are my personal favorite, Christopher Durang's hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Douglas Carter Beane's The Nance, and Sharr White's The Other Place. That last-named play, another Manhattan Theater Club production which was previously presented Off-Broadway by MCC, has closed, so I don't give it much hope to snag a nomination.