‘Hour’ coming to early end on B’way

Moore drama to close on March 11

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.

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