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Review: David Hyde Pierce Lands in The Visitor
November 4, 2021, 11:16.05 pm ET


Photos: Joan Marcus

It’s tempting to call the new musical “The Visitor,” now at the Public Theater, well-intentioned – but it’s a bit of puzzlement what its intentions are. On one hand, the show wants to be about the spiritual and political awakening of Walter, a morose middle-aged college professor, played with sincerity and pathos by the always welcome David Hyde Pierce. On the other hand, it’s determined to alert us to America’s policy on deporting and detaining undocumented immigrants, which the show’s creators clearly see as cruel and unfair. Both seem like reasonable bases for an involving show. Read Full Review