Robin Williams - Robin Williams 'Tames His Manic Persona' In Broadway Debut

Robin Williams surprised critics with a "tame" performance in his Broadway debut at the official opening of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in New York on Thursday night (31Mar11).
The play, which was a Pulitzer Prize runner-up in 2010 for best drama, explores the violence, chaos and traumatising events that emerged after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The funnyman, who plays a foul mouthed tiger, acts as a narrator.
And Williams' debut has impressed critics - the New York Times reports Williams acted with "focused intelligence and integrity" and manages to be "quite funny" despite the play's dark premise and dark humour.
In one of two Daily News theatre reviews, critics stated Williams "tames his manic persona" and "melds into the ensemble with a creditable lack of ego".
However, the other review, which praised Williams' acting skills, suggests the play "isn't as stirring as it strives to be".
But perhaps Williams' best review comes from the Los Angeles Times critic Charles MCNulty, who writes, "Grizzled and scruffy like a Robinson Crusoe castaway, Williams submits himself wholly to the play’s utterly natural surrealism. Concerns that the actor might turn this into a vehicle for his signature shtick are dispelled right way: Williams is in complete sync with the blasted tragicomic vision of the playwright, whose ample humor is far too sneaky for stand-up showboating."


Contactmusic

Tags: Robin Williams

Advertisement

More Robin Williams

Robin Williams Cremated, Ashes Scattered In San Francisco Bay

Robin Williams' final resting place will be very close to home. The legendary comedian was reportedly cremated and his ashes were scattered in the San...

David Letterman Opens Up About Longtime Friend Robin Williams' Suicide

David Letterman is no different to the many celebrities and stars who knew Robin Williams, he was extremely upset to hear the news of the...

Robin Williams LA Tribute Art Aims To Raise Awareness About Depression

A piece of graffiti art designed by a street artist in tribute to recently deceased comedian Robin Williams was spotted on a wall in Los...

Robin Williams Sent Video Message To Fan Suffering From Cancer

Robin Williams sent a moving video message to one of his fans who was terminally ill from cancer just a few months before he took...

Advertisement

Will Robin Williams Be Immortalised In A Zelda Game? Maybe

Robin Williams’ love for videogames has been well documented since the popular actor was found dead last week at his home near San Francisco after...

Robbin Williams: The Rocky Road To Mrs Doubtfire 2

When acting legend Robin Williams tragically passed away on 11 August, he left behind three adult children, a wife and a legion of fans heartbroken...

Oprah Winfrey Honours The Late Robin Williams On Her OWN Network

Oprah Winfrey's OWN network will join the many other television networks that are paying tribute to the late Robin Williams, two special from the cable...

Rob Schneider Points To Parkinson's Medication As Possible Cause Of Robin Williams Suicide

Days after the death of Robin Williams, the world and the entertainment industry in particular, are still reeling from the loss. As many focus the...

Advertisement

Comments

Robin Williams Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Robin Williams

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All