Last night was the first of two performances of Clarence Darrow at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the US Open. Clarence Darrow is a one man show starring Kevin Spacey that explores the life of one of history's most famous lawyers. Clarence Darrow is also the first time a play has been performed at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. I was lucky enough to be able to get 25 dollar student seats to the show, and I discovered shortly after the show started why the tickets were so inexpensive. I only needed the edge of my chair for the entire 90 minute performance.
Let me start by saying this. I generally hate one man shows. I think that they begin to get brutally boring after listening to the same person speak for over an hour. This was the first time that I was hooked to the story from beginning to end. Kevin Spacey delivers on this incredibly juicy script by David W. Rintels.
Director Thea Sharrock has succeeded in staging the first play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Between fans of House of Cards, fans of theatre, and anyone that might have stumbled into the Arthur Ashe by accident on the way to Citi Field for the Mets game, everyone in the audience was absolutely loving the performance.
Kevin Spacey morphed into the character of Clarence Darrow to the degree that you felt like Clarence Darrow has returned from the grave to tell his story. It definitely isn't easy to hold a character for 90 minutes straight without other performers to work with, but Spacey once again proved to audiences that his impeccable talent carries him far in a performance. Darrow is a well-known figure in teaching the history of evolution and court cases, and so the pressure was on Spacey to deliver. I think the audience unanimously agreed that this performance was one of the best they have ever attended.
A college student that sees many shows annually.