As I said in my review of a preview performance in this thread - the direction by SLJ's wife btw - is specifically getting hammered here in a lot of reviews - but (also like I said) JDW is getting a lot of positive press which is rare when you see the acting of the whole cast actually be praised and the director singled out as lacking in the overall staging.
Quite an odd combination of critical assessments particularly in the NYT ......this seems like one of those plays that didn't change much from the preview I saw ....which is kind of surprising / rare - because nowadays when I can get to the theater at all it's for previews rather than the legitimate run and the previews are almost always tinkered with in the staging / presentation (?)
Mods - Can we move this to the film board - no one is seeing it on stage now and the film is a big deal:
One of the highlights of the past Broadway season was La Tanya Richardson Jackson’s production of August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson.” She directed it and it was superb. A plus. Everyone involved deserves Tony nominations.
“The Piano Lesson” starred John David Washington, Samuel Jackson, and Danielle Brooks in a most amazing performance, a stage turn for the ages.
So now comes word of the movie. LaTanya is out, and so is Brooks? Huh? Malcolm Washington, Denzel’s other son, will make his directorial debut. Another Danielle — Deadwyler, the star of “Till” — will take Brooks’s place. I really like Deadwyler, but she’s wrong for the part and the wrong Danielle, I’m afraid.