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Rebecca Hall lauded for Broadway debut in Machinal

Published on Jan 18, 2014 6:33 AM
 
Actress Rebecca Hall poses during a photocall during the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice in this Sept 4, 2013. It was written in the late 1920s, has not been staged on Broadway in more than 80 years and is not a sexy musical, but critics praised the revival of Machinal and its star Rebecca Hall, saying it is a "must-see" production. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - It was written in the late 1920s, has not been staged on Broadway in more than 80 years and is not a sexy musical, but critics praised the revival of Machinal and its star Rebecca Hall, saying it is a "must-see" production.

The stylised drama by playwright Sophie Treadwell that opened on Thursday at the American Airlines Theatre was inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, a New York woman who was executed in the electric chair for the murder of her husband in January 1928 at the age of 33.

"Machinal is a vivid, bracing portrait of a woman pushed to the edge, but it doesn't involve any weepy psychologising," said the New York Post.

"What makes the show so fascinating is the contrast between its cerebral approach and Hall's compassionate performance."

 
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