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NY Theatrical Reviews


"JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN", CENTURY THEATRE, NYC

"… The title role in this work is as important as Hedda Gabler is in her play. Richard Leighton gets the balance right in his expressions of ambition, anger, scorn, regret and contempt as Borkman, ostensibly trying to justify himself, lays bare his responsibility for his fall -- from ruling a huge bank and being offered a cabinet post, to conviction for embezzlement and an eight-year self-exile from virtually all human contact, including any with his wife and son.
Mr. Leighton's Borkman is spiritually coarse and sometimes cruel, but almost impenetrably sophisticated in the ways of the world; all the other characters look a little rude next to him. He is also far too intelligent to fall for his own delusions; during recollections of past grandeur and wealth he clearly mocks himself more than he does his gullible listeners. His very smile as he tries to charm others is so dry you think his face may crack and peel away…" (D. J. R. Bruckner,
THE NEW YORK TIMES)

"THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE", EQUITY LIBRARY THEATRE, NYC

"...As the hero Dudgeon, Richard Leighton cuts a fine figure, a Shavian-inspired iconoclast who is a real human person but, at the same time, a funnel for the Shavian wit." (Richard F. Shepard, THE NEW YORK TIMES)

"IT'S ONLY A PLAY", DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS THEATRE, NYC

"...Terrence McNally's cast is well met and well matched--and I single out particularly Richard Leighton's fading TV series person..."
(Clive Barnes,
The New York Post)

"...Richard Leighton...gives a gem of a performance. He's delightfully wicked, but human."
(Mary Campbell,
The Associated Press)

"THE CLOSET CHRONICLES"
, GROUND FLOOR THEATRE, NYC

"…Richard Leighton is magnificent as Dad, appalled by Junior's choice, but damned if he'll show it and be less politically correct than the neighbors. In a city filled with desperately mediocre, middle-aged actors whose mere age causes them to be avuncularly cast as fathers, Leighton's gifts shine like a beacon." (D. Noh, New York Blade)

"STATES OF SHOCK", ABINGTON THEATRE, NYC

"…Richard Leighton turns in a tour-de-force performance as the commander, whose lunacy puts Conrad's Kurtz to shame..." (Kornhaber, THE VILLAGE VOICE)

"…The Colonel is the driving force of the play, and Leighton ensures that this force will never be boring as his controlling character becomes increasingly insane." (Columbia Spectator)

"…One admires the performers for giving this difficult work their all, particularly Richard Leighton as the Colonel. Leighton makes for a delightfully whacked-out, power-hungry military man." (American Theatre Web)




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