Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway?

The Manhattan Theatre Club production opened January 9 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Betsy Aidem and Francis Benhamou Jeremy Daniel

Joshua Harmon's Prayer for the French Republic officially opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway January 9 after beginning previews December 19, 2023, and the reviews are rolling in. The Manhattan Theatre Club production's extended run will continue through February 18, with David Cromer at the helm. 

The cast features Betsy Aidem as Marcelle Salomon Benhamou, Nael Nacer as Charles Benhamou, Francis Benhamou as Elodie Benhamou, Aria Shahghasemi as Daniel Benhamou, Anthony Edwards as Patrick Salomon, Molly Ranson as Molly, Richard Masur as Pierre Salomon, Nancy Robinette as Irma Salomon, Daniel Oreskes as Adolphe Salomon, Ari Brand as Lucien Salomon, and Ethan Haberfield as Young Pierre Salomon. Aidem, Benhamou, Brand, Ranson, and Robinette are all reprising their performances from the work's 2022 Off-Broadway world premiere, also staged by Manhattan Theatre Club. Rounding out the company are understudies Joshua Chessin-Yudin, Lauriel Friedman, Zachary Lindberg, Dale Place, Stephen Schnetzer, and Lori Wilner.

Read the reviews here.

AMNY (Matt Windman)

Chicago Tribune (Chris Jones)

CitiTour NYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Sara Holdren)*

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck, Roma Torre)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

NY Daily News (Chris Jones)*

The Observer (David Cote)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theater Pizzazz (Stuart Miller)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Daniel D'Addario)

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

The play begins in 1944 with a Jewish couple awaiting news of their missing family, and follows five generations of a French Jewish family in its examination of history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred. The Off-Broadway run won the 2022 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Off-Broadway Play.

Watch: Take a Look at Broadway's Prayer for the French Republic, Opening January 9

Cromer has reassembled his Off-Broadway creative team, including scenic designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, composer and sound designer Daniel Kluger (taking the reigns solo after co-sound designing the Off-Broadway run with Lee Kinney), and hair and makeup designer J. Jared Janas. Gigi Buffington is vocal coach, and casting is by Caparelliotis Casting's Kelly Gillespie. Richard A. Hodge is production stage manager.

Photos: Production Images of Prayer for the French Republic

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