Reviews: Critics Weigh in On Between Riverside and Crazy's Broadway Debut, Starring Common | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh in On Between Riverside and Crazy's Broadway Debut, Starring Common

The Pulitzer-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis play made its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2014.

Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, and Common in Between Riverside and Crazy Joan Marcus

Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer-winning Between Riverside and Crazy officially opened at the Hayes Theater December 19, and the reviews are in. Coming to Broadway via Second Stage Theater, the production began previews November 30, and the run will continue through February 12, 2023. Performances January 31–February 12 will be available to stream live.

Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winner Common makes his Broadway debut starring as Junior. He shares the stage with much of the play's original Off-Broadway cast, including Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective O'Connor, Rosal Colón as Lulu, Liza Colón-Zayas as Church Lady, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, and Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro; Almanzar, Canavan, Colón-Zayas, and Rispoli all make their Broadway debuts with the production.

A comedic look at life in rent-controlled New York City, Guirgis' play follows recently widowed ex-cop Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior as they try to hold onto their rent-stabilized apartment.

Read the reviews here.

Broadway News (Ruthie Fierberg)

CitiTourNYC (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Did They Like It? (Bedatri D. Choudhury)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Jackson McHenry)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo, David Finkle)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theater Pizzazz (Carol Rocamora)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramírez)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Naveen Kumar)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Rounding out the company as understudies are Erick Betancourt, J. Anthony Crane, Clinton Lowe, Kate A. Mulligan, C.E. Smith, and Vivana Valeria.

Pendleton, who also directed the cast Off-Broadway, returns with his original creative team: scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Alexis Forte, lighting designer Keith Parham, and sound designer Ryan Rumery, who also provides original music. Casting is by William Cantler and Karyn Casl of The Telsey Office, with John C. Moore serving as production stage manager and Bryan Bauer as stage manager.

Between Riverside and Crazy made its Off-Broadway debut in 2014 at Atlantic Theater, where it had a sold-out run. Second Stage revived the show with much of the same cast and creative team at its Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway in February 2015.

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