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The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh In On Broadway's Patriots

The new play recounts the story of Vladimir Putin's rise to power.

Will Keen in Patriots Matthew Murphy

Patriots, a new play by Peter Morgan (The Crown), officially opened on Broadway April 22, and the reviews are in. Playing the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 23.

The work recounts the story of Vladimir Putin's rise to power after the fall of the Soviet Union. Billionaire Boris Berezovsky supports Putin's political ascent until it threatens his own reign, sparking near-Shakespearean conflict between the two men. The work premiered in 2022 with a sold-out run at London's Almeida Theatre, where Goold serves as Artistic Director, before transferring to the Noël Coward Theatre for a West End engagement.

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Original London cast member Will Keen is reprising his Olivier-winning performance as the tyrannical autocrat in question, Vladimir Putin, alongside Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman) as Boris Berezovsky. The Broadway production will also feature Luke Thallon as Roman Abramovich, Stella Baker as Marina Litvinenko, Ronald Guttman (Coastal Disturbances) as Professor Perelman, and Alex Hurt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Alexander Litvinenko.

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Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)*

Cititour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

Digital Journal (Markos Papadatos)

Entertainment Weekly (Christian Holub)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck, David Finkle)

The New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)*

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Kyle Turner)

New York Times (Jesse Green)*

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

TheaterPizzazz (Samuel L. Leiter)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramírez)

Variety (Frank Rizzo)

The Washington Post (Naveen Kumar)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)*

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The cast also includes Rosie Benton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Stick Fly) as Berezovsky’s Mother, Jeff Biehl (Machinal) as Teacher and FSB Boss, Peter Bradbury (The Shark is Broken, Hangmen) as Voloshin and Nurse, Camila Canó-Flaviá (Network) as Tatiana and Nina Berezovsky, Marianna Gailus as Katya, Paul Kynman as Korzhakov and Yeltsin, Adam Poss as Lawyer and Home Office, and Nick Rehberger (Fiddler on the Roof, The Glass Menagerie) as Assistant and Kahneman.

Understudies for the production include Benjamin Bonenfant, Danielle Chaves, Joe Forbrich, and Tony Ward (The Audience, Twelfth Night/Richard III).

The Patriots creative team also includes set designer Miriam Buether, co-costume designers Deborah Andrews and Miriam Buether, lighting designer Jack Knowles, sound designer and composer Adam Cork, movement director Polly Bennett, and projection designer Ash J Woodward. Casting is by Jim Carnahan. TT Partners is the production's general manager.

The producing team includes Netflix, Sonia Friedman Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Richard Winkler, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ted Snowdon, Jamie deRoy/Ken Greiner, and Richard Batchelder.

Photos: Patriots on Broadway

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