The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Frank Langella

By Megan Dekic
20 Jan 2014



In 2002, Langella appeared in the first Broadway mounting of Ivan Turgenev's 1848 play Fortune's Fool, about a down-on-his-luck Russian aristocrat who clashes with his wealthy neighbor. Directed by Arthur Penn, the production starred Alan Bates and also featured Enid Graham and Benedick Bates (Alan's son).

In his review for the New York Times, Ben Brantley praised the leading actors' performances and said it was "a thrill to watch how Mr. Bates and Mr. Langella translate writerly finesse into actorly language." Langella won his second Tony Award for his role as Flegont Alexandrovitch Tropatchov.

Read the Fortune's Fool Playbill here.

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