“Worth the price of admission… a lot to recommend”

“The glow of the piece is enhanced by director Scott Ellis, and by some choreography and dance-like movement by his frequent teammate Susan Stroman. 

In Jeremy Irons, Juliet Stevenson, and Claire Bloom, Ellis has at his disposal some of the most stylish English-speaking actors around today. Sondheim doesn't necessarily want great singers in these roles; he calls for actors who can sing passably, as these do, while emoting with gilt-edged finesse. The boudoir scene in which Stevenson trades quips with Irons is, in itself, worth the price of admission. Bloom, confined to a wheelchair and occasionally raising her voice excessively to fill the large house, gives ‘Liaisons’ a pithy reading. Lindsay W. Davis has dressed everyone in gorgeous costumes, and Michael Anania has given them pretty sets to play upon. This production of A Little Night Music has a lot to recommend.”