Time is up for “The Vertical Hour.”
The Broadway play starring Julianne Moore will end its limited engagement March 11, three weeks ahead of the skedded April 1 closing. According to a rep for the show, “Hour” is expected to recoup the week of March 11, and will shutter early to keep it in the black.
Despite a starry creative team — including film stars Moore and Bill Nighy, helmer Sam Mendes and scribe David Hare — the new play earned mixed reviews and, after a healthy start when it began previews in November, eventually dwindled at the box office. Last week the show grossed $292,009 and played to 55% capacity.
Many critics felt the topical play, about an academic arguing contemporary global politics with her British boyfriend’s father, came off muddled and uncompelling, and Moore’s presence never inspired the A-list frenzy that last season’s “Three Days of Rain” did with Julia Roberts in the starring role.