Theater Review: ‘The Vertical Hour’
â€œThe Vertical Hour,â€? David Hareâ€™s timely new play, refers to that moment in combat medicine when you can be of some use after a soldier is critically wounded.
Julianne Moore makes her Broadway debut as an American foreign correspondent turned Yale University professor who finds herself caught in a romantic triangle with Bill Nighy, who plays an esteemed British physician, and his son and her fiancÃ©, Andrew Scott, who plays a thoroughly Americanized physical therapist.
â€œThe Vertical Hourâ€? is about sense of self, the death of 1960s idealism and the war in Iraq. But it is the dramatic tension provided by Moore, who is pulled between the affections of her lover and his father, that propels this five-act play, which is directed by Sam Mendes.
Moore, who played the seductress in â€œThe Big Lebowski,â€? one of my all-time favorite movies, stumbles a bit in the early scenes, while Nighy, whose most recent film credits include the â€œPirates of the Caribbeanâ€? series, is brilliant from the opening curtain.
The play closes on April 1. The Christmas Week performance that the DF&C and I attended at the Music Box Theater on West 45th Street in New York City was sold out, and I suspect that tickets for this fine limited-run production will be scarce.
FYI, the theater is an easy walk from the Port Authority and subway lines. Click here for more info.