You can tell a lot from a curtain call. Taking their bows at the end of "The Last of the Haussmanns," the strong cast look exhausted but not in a good way.
Melding heightened drama with quirky, state-of-the-nation social realism, the pic aims to undercut epic plot contrivance with naturalistic perfs and a lyrical shooting style.
A slew of world preems including a tuner from Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik ("Spring Awakening") and a play by Alan Bennett ("The History Boys") form part of the National Theater's notably…
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Despite admirable aspects, it's a less-than-magical history tour.