LIVE: “Zero Hour” @ Barrington Stage Company [Gailsez]
There are three questions here:
1) Is Jim Brochu’s monodrama “Zero Hour” good theatre?
2) Do you come away knowing more about the life of Zero Mostel?
3) Is Brochu’s performance a passable imitation of this fascinating man?
The answer to the first question is a resounding “Yes!” and on that basis alone I recommend that you get tickets now. This is a very funny and enlightening show and Brochu, who would appear to be the director as well as the playwright and sole performer, throws himself into his role with wit and energy. Brochu received the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance and a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Play for “Zero Hour,” which ran 14 months and played 238 performances off-Broadway. It is a treat to have it here in the Berkshires!
The second question is much harder to answer for the reason explained in the quotation below from Jared Brown’s biography of Mostel:
Larry Murray’s review at Berkshire On Stage
Michael Eck’s review at The Times Union
B.A. Nilsson’s review at Metroland
Jeffrey Borak’s review at The Berkshire Eagle
Bob Goepfert’s review at The Troy Record