You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A Moon to Dance By

A trio of finely tuned actors make "A Moon to Dance By" a compelling theatrical experience.

With:
Frieda Lawrence - Jane Alexander Angelo Ravagh - Robert Cuccioli Monty Weekley - Gareth Saxe

A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two young daughters when she ran off with the celebrated writer.

The play is set on the dusty Lawrence ranch near Taos, N.M., where Frieda (Jane Alexander) lives with her Latin lover, Angelo (Robert Cuccioli). She communicates with her late husband during a turbulent thunderstorm, describing the lean young man who has come to visit. The reunion with Monty (Gareth Saxe) is strained and often vitriolic as he attempts to come to terms with his mother’s abandonment of her children and their father.

In her finest portrait in years, Alexander offers a vital account of the lusty widow Lawrence, playing the role to the hilt with blowsy swagger.

Cuccioli and Saxe are reunited following recent turns as Claudius and the Dane, respectively, in “Hamlet” for the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. Cuccioli makes a well-grounded and often witty lover, while Saxe provides a cunning study of a confused offspring attempting to heal old family wounds.

Working on designer Stephanie Mayer-Staley’s desert ranch and chapel set, Edwin Sherin’s taut staging brings out the play’s rich emotional textures. The search is on for a Gotham venue.

A Moon to Dance By

George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, N.J.; 380 seats; $71.50 top

Production: A George Street Playhouse presentation of a play in two acts by Thom Thomas. Directed by Edwin Sherin. Set, Stephanie Mayer-Staley.

Creative: Costumes, Hope Hanafin; lighting, Andrew David Ostrowski; original music, Simon Cummings; sound, Steven Shapiro; production stage manage, C. Renee Alexander. Opened, reviewed, Nov. 20, 2009. Running time: 2 HOURS, 30 MIN.

Cast: Frieda Lawrence - Jane Alexander Angelo Ravagh - Robert Cuccioli Monty Weekley - Gareth Saxe

More Legit

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Broadway Review: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • Hello, Dolly! Bette Midler

    Bette Midler to Return to Broadway's 'Hello, Dolly!'

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • My Fair Lady review

    Broadway Review: 'My Fair Lady'

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • Tony Awards: Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban

    Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban to Host 2018 Tony Awards

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • New York Mayor's Office women

    New York Mayor's Office Details New $5 Million Women's Fund for Film, Theater

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • Tina review

    West End Review: Tina Turner Musical 'Tina'

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

  • Jamie Parker Harry Potter

    Stagecraft Podcast: 'Cursed Child's' Jamie Parker on Joining the 'Harry Potter' Universe

    A trio of finely tuned actors make “A Moon to Dance By” a compelling theatrical experience. In the stunning new drama at the George Street Playhouse, playwright Thom Thomas has fashioned a fictitious encounter between D.H. Lawrence’s widow, Frieda, and her older estranged son, Monty Weekley, whom she left behind in London along with two […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content