The Verdict: What Did Critics Think of John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son? | Playbill

The Verdict The Verdict: What Did Critics Think of John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son? The world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Prodigal Son officially opened Feb. 9 at Manhattan Theatre Club Off-Broadway. "Interstellar" actor Timothée Chalamet stars as the brilliant but volatile 15-year-old Jim Quinn, a teenager from the Bronx who is offered a scholarship at a private school in New Hampshire.

Chalamet is featured alongside Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard (The Invention of Love, Long Day's Journey Into Night), Annika Boras (Chair, An Oresteia), Chris McGarry (Defiance, Doubt) and David Potters. Previews began Jan. 19.

Written and directed by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Shanley, the play portrays a young man who is gifted, violent and, like many teenagers, incredibly angst-ridden. His teachers are torn between supporting or disciplining him. 

The critics are filing their reviews, and will continue to update them for our readers.

AM New York

The Guardian The Hollywood Reporter

NBC New York

NY Daily News

The New York Times

Time Out New York

The Wrap

Shanley is the author of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Doubt and the Oscar-winning film "Moonstruck," starring Cher. He was nominated for an Academy Award again in 2009 for the adapted screenplay to his stage work "Doubt," starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Tickets are available online by visiting or by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. MTC at New York City Center – Stage I is located at 131 West 55th St.

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