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Thursday, January 29, 2015
"Lucky Guy"
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The characters in the play are one-dimensional, perhaps tinged too much by a reverence and respect for the Irish journalist who broke the Abner Louima story and uncovered police corruption in NYC. By the end of the play, there’s no sense of McAlary’s personality and drive; instead, the audience gets a summary of the events in his life and some of the people with whom he interacted. As a result, you don’t care about him or any of the others in the story. Certainly not his wife, portrayed by a very bland and reserved Maura Tierney. She’s annoyingly calm and placid, showing little to no emotion, even when her husband has been hurt and later is dying.

There’s no sense of tension, even when McAlary is attacked for printing a story that later turns out to be untrue. When he feuds with his hero, columnist Jimmy Breslin, there’s no rancor and even when a colleague criticizes him, it’s apologetically. Perhaps Ephron’s own sentiment about journalists, in general, and McAlary, in specific, got in the way.

Lucky Guy is a play about a male journalist who died of cancer written by a female journalist who died from cancer. Despite its flaws, it’s worth seeing because it’s played by Tom Hanks, Nice Guy.

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gkantrowitz

I must agree with ms. Trevers (i usually do) waited anxiously to see this play not only because of mr. Hanks appearance but because of being a fan of mr. McAlary. Was disappointed that i did not come away feeling i knew much more than i had learned beforehand. Enjoyed watching the interactions on stage between characters BUT was especially disappointed with "picture" of mrs. McAlary. Too passive NO life. As usual best to read ms. Trevers before committing your $$ to buying tickets. We need more reviews. .

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