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    Counsellor-at-Law

    Elmer Rice's COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW is a tightly plotted melodrama about a cynical attorney's struggle to avoid disbarment. Having bootstrapped his way out of the Jewish ghetto, George Simon finds himself at the mercy of an anti-Semitic rival, who knows that, years earlier, George perjured himself to save a friend from the old neighborhood. Ironically, George's "crime" was also an act of compassion and serves to highlight exactly how far this apparently successful man has strayed from the liberal values of his youth. COUNSELLOR was a hit with audiences and critics when it ran in May of this year. Writing for The New York Times, Lawrence Van Gelder said that "Entertainment in abundance radiates from the sparkling new production of the old Elmer Rice drama Counsellor-at-Law[The Peccadillo Theater Company] has found a play that throbs with New York life." Howard Kissel of the Daily News wrote that Counsellor was "SpectacularA compelling, hugely entertaining evening of theater." Writing in the Village Voice, Michael Feingold called the Peccadillo production a "revelation" and that, as a play, Counsellor is "nearly as fine in its brash way as the half-dozen best American plays." Of the director, Feingold wrote that "[Dan Wackerman] not only bring(s) off Rice's busy mosaic, but also give(s) it a contemporary vividness without trashing its period tone." The other reviews were similarly enthusiastic. The cast will once again be led by John Rubinstein, who made his Broadway debut in Pippin, won a Tony Award for Children of a Lesser God and was most recently seen on Broadway in Ragtime.

    Dates:  Jan. 30, 2005 - March 6, 2005
    Previews start: Jan. 25, 2005
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.
    Venue:  Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 W. 46th St. (btw. 9th & 10th Ave)
    Price:  $55
    Tickets/info:  (212) 868-4444


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