Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Classic Stage Company's A Man of No Importance? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Classic Stage Company's A Man of No Importance?

Boys in the Band star Jim Parsons is joined by Mare Winningham, Nathaniel Stampley, Shereen Ahmed, and more in the Ahrens and Flaherty musical.

Jim Parsons in A Man of No Importance
Jim Parsons in A Man of No Importance Julieta Cervantes

The Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway revival of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally's A Man of No Importance officially opened October 30, and the reviews are rolling in! The extended production is set to run through December 18 with outgoing Artistic Director John Doyle at the helm. Performances began October 11.

Based on the 1994 Albert Finney film, the musical tells the story of an amateur theatre group in 1960s Dublin and their leader, bus driver Alfie Byrne, who is determined to stage a production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome despite the objections of local church authorities. The original production won the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.

Read the reviews here.

AMNY (Matt Windman)

Citi Tour (Brian Scott Lipton)

Exeunt NYC (Lane Williamson)

New York Stage Review (Sandy MacDonald)

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

Talkin' Broadway (James Wilson)

Theatermania (Zachary Stewart)

Theatre Reviews Limited (David Roberts)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

Queerty (Matthew Wexler)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Jim Parsons, starring as Alfie Byrne, is joined in the cast by Shereen Ahmed as Adele Rice, Alma Cuervo as Miss Oona Crowe, Kara Mikula as Mrs. Curtin, Da'Von T. Moody as Peter/Breton Beret, Mary Beth Peil as Mrs. Grace, Thom Sesma as Mr. Carney, A.J. Shively as Robbie Fay, Nathaniel Stampley as Father Kenny, Jessica Tyler Wright as Mrs. Patrick, Joel Waggoner as Ernie Lally, Mare Winningham as Lily Byrne, and William Youmans as Baldy O'Shea.

Rounding out the company as understudies are Justin Scott Brown, Lee Harrington, Benjamin Howes, and Beth Kirkpatrick.

Doyle, a Tony winner for his actor-musician revival of Sweeney Todd, also provides the production's scenic design, with costumes by Ann Hould Ward, lighting by Adam Honoré, sound design by Sun Hee Kil, and casting by The Telsey Office's Craig Burns. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin, with electronic music design by Strange Cranium and music direction by Caleb Hoyer. Bernita Robinson is production stage manager with Hollace Jeffords serving as assistant stage manager. Judi Lewis Ockler is fight and intimacy director.

CSC's revival is produced by special arrangement with Tom Kirdahy and Mara Isaacs.

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