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Review: Danny Devito is a Real Treasure in I Need That
November 2, 2023, 8:59.21 pm ET


Photo: Joan Marcus

By Brian Scott Lipton

One man’s trash may indeed be another man’s treasure, as we are reminded repeatedly in Theresa Rebeck’s sometimes spiky but mostly sentimental new comedy “I Need That,” now premiering at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theater. Still, by the end of the play’s 90 minutes, there can be no doubt (if there ever was) that Danny DeVito is an American treasure.

As lonely yet feisty widower Sam – on the verge of being evicted from his longtime New Jersey home for failure to maintain his lawn, never mind the enormous amount of “stuff” piling up inside it (the spectacular set is by Alexander Dodge) – DeVito brings to the stage the customary gruffness all-too-familiar to his TV fans, dating back to the halcyon days of “Taxi.” Continue Reading...