Campaign Outsider Critics Corner (Theater Division)

A couple of Broadway lullabies:

* The revival of Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday is a hoot, mostly thanks to Nina Arianda’s knockout turn as Billie Dawn, which rivals Judy Holliday’s performance in the original movie. Jim Belushi is also sharp as Harry Brock, although Robert Sean Leonard’s Paul Verrall is kinda, well, pale. Still, a strong production of a not-so-strong play.

* The Motherf**ker With The Hat, on the other hand, is a motherf**king killer play. Stephen Adly Guirgis’s writing is shiv-sharp, Bobby Cannavale’s lead performance surely deserves a Tony, Chris Rock is rock-solid, and Elizabeth Rodriguez is absolutely riveting. Go bleeping see it.

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