— 6th Season —
45 Seconds from Broadway — June 20–24, 2012
Jeffrey Gurian Reviews 45 Seconds From Broadway.
Like everyone else, I’m a fan of Neil Simon’s so when I got invited to attend “45 Seconds from Broadway” at the West End Theatre, on West 86th Street in NYC, as a presentation by the Out of the Box Theatre Company, I decided to go. I brought a couple of friends with me, which I was glad I did, because they liked it so much! And what a great gift to watch other people enjoy a show you brought them to see.
Directed superbly by Lin Snider, the play is set in a coffee shop, probably like The Edison, that is literally 45 seconds away from Broadway. Comic Mickey Fox (played by Roger Fawcett), who is described as a cross between Jackie Mason and Don Rickles is a regular there, which makes sense because The Edison was a hang-out for Jackie back in the late 80′s about the time he did his first Broadway show.
Fawcett is a fascinating character and I was very impressed at how he handled the lead role in this play. He was helped by an outstanding cast including Amelia Anderson, Shirley Brevard, Stephanie Byer, Susan Case, Peter J, Coriaty, Bill Galarno, Larry Gutman Stephanie Haring, Paul Helou, Lisa K. Hokans, Jay Aubrey Jones, Barbara Marks, Donna Lee Michaaels, Aaron Scott, and Sally Sherwood!
It was a fantastic night!
— Jeffrey Gurian
Bob Considine on 45 Seconds From Broadway
… what a wonderful experience I had in the theatre today … sometimes I forget we live in the theatre capitol of the world and one can see great plays by renowned playwrights in the strangest of places .. a church in this case… such a great venue ..
.. the first act channeled the ROGER I know, almost like we were having lunch at the ole Gallery Diner and you were doing your schtick .. the first act introduced the characters to follow
.. (especially the metaphor of the pictures hanging on the wall) ..
…. the muse of the singers was a brilliant side bar ..
… but the second act was most powerful … a great ensemble piece … brilliantly directed by the way .. I finally got the reason why the diner was their emotional refuge from the world of trials and tribulation in the theatre in NY . and your brother trying to penetrate your ego to give your nephew a chance .. the return of the British producer and finally the South African author who’s play end-ended up in Manchester .. and your agreeing to pass the baton ..
My fav scenes were the laaaaadies who were trying to invest in Bway plays .. those 2 gals were fabulous .. they played off of each other ‘to a turn’
— Bob Considine