Now playing at the Cort Theater in New York City, Grace lives up to it's title - and then some!
The play, written by Craig Wright, is a thing of beauty! It effortlessly is filled with substance, without shoving it down your throat. It's thought-provoking and soul-stirring, exploring themes of love, loss, hope, betrayal, regret and - the play's central theme - faith.
In both substance and style, the play reminds us of American Beauty, the iconic Kevin Spacey film from 1999, written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes.
Grace grips you instantly! Starting off with the bang and continuing from there!
The whole play is one revelation after another. It's like a caramelized onion. Layers upon layers of sweetness! But it's not an easy journey! And the play explores its central themes with honesty and a refreshing open-mindedness. There is no judgement here, just exploration.
Extremely religious types may shy away from the show due to its subject matter. But Grace is not a faith-bashing play. If anything, it's faith-affirming - albeit in a very unconventional way.
We will be thinking about the show for days!
The only slight disappointment we had with the show was with Paul Rudd.
Michael Shannon and Kate Arrington were exceptional! Transcendental! They truly were being! With such ease and naturalness.
Rudd, while not bad, was trying a bit too hard. "Acting"! His portrayal didn't seem as effortless or rich as those of his peers. But, he's still Paul Rudd and still oozes that certain Paul Rudd charm he has!
Ed Asner was also delightful in the show, which we can't recommend enough.
Have you ever had olive oil ice cream? Grace is a lot like that! It's delicious, though it may sound gross. It sorta doesn't sound like it makes sense, but once you've tasted some it makes total sense!