David Grindley directs the 90-minute production, which centres on charismatic African-American swindler Paul (Obi Abili) who shows up on the lavish Manhattan doorstep of the rich, white Kittredges (Anthony Head and Lesley Manville), and convinces them he's the son of Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier.
The majority of overnight critics reacted rather mildly to Grindley’s adaptation compared to the raft of acclamations that greeted its premiere 20 years ago. Many were seemingly more enamoured with Jonathan Fensom’s Rothko-esque set design than the action taking place upon it. The primary grumbles labelled the play "dated" and questioned its "credibility", though there was praise for Grindley's "stunningly well-directed" production and the performances of the principals.
- Alex Mangini