This post has been updated.
"Picnic," the 1953
Sam Gold, who recently directed Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar" on Broadway and in L.A. at the Ahmanson Theatre, has staged the revival production.
The play, an ensemble drama set in a rural Kansas town, first premiered on Broadway in 1953 with a cast that included Kim Stanley,
"Picnic" received a major revival in L.A. at the Ahmanson in 1986. That cast included
What did critics think of the new revival of "Picnic"?
The New York Times' Ben Brantley complimented Stan's chiseled torso as well as Winningham's performance. But "there's not much chemistry flowing" between the two romantic leads. Nor is there for the cast as a whole, "which means that, lacking an electric current to invisibly connect its characters, this 'Picnic' remains little more than a billboard for prettiness."
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The Associated Press' Jennifer Farrar described the production as "polished, classy." The director adds a comedic interpretation to "Inge's stilted and dated dialogue, often to good effect, while still keeping the period feel."
Steve Parks of Newsday wrote that the director and "plausible cast gamely attempt to recapture the traumas of small-town life." The first act "reveals an actor-to-actor inability to connect. Only when yelling commences does the cast wake up and smell the roles."
[For the record: An earlier version of this post had the wrong first name for the director Sam Gold.]