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I was unfamiliar with the 30-year-old play, getting its first Broadway production directed by Daniel Sullivan. Despite the surreal quality, the story is actually quite moving. It is at its heart about the need for family.
Foster is making a memorable Broadway debut, balancing the menace and hurt-little-boy nature of his character. Baldwin is appropriately cast as a comical and sophisticated mentor, but is actually the least interesting of the three. Sturridge, also in his Broadway debut, has the showiest and award bait-iest role, but he is mesmerizing in his physicality and so sweetly innocent that you can't help but be drawn to him. Perhaps most impressively, there is not even a trace of his English accent. It may just be one of the most fascinating performances of the season.