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Review: Tim Daly Brightens the Night of the Iguana
December 17, 2023, 7:03.33 pm ET


Photo: Joan Marcus

By Brian Scott Lipton

If you ask most people their thoughts about Tennessee Williams’ 1961 drama, “The Night of the Iguana,” they’ll likely regale you with memories of the star-studded 1964 film version (headlined by Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr) and then admit they never saw any of the show’s four Broadway outings. For that reason alone, fans of the master dramatist should be grateful for the new stage production by La Femme Theatre Productions, now being presented at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Directed with understanding (if not much subtlety) by Emily Mann and featuring a superb central performance by Tim Daly as the very troubled ex-priest T. Lawrence Shannon, the show could easily benefit from a couple of more weeks of performances, letting all the actors the chance to fully settle into their roles. And no matter when or if you go, it’s a big decision whether to sit through this bear of a work, running nearly three hours of almost non-stop talk. Continue reading...