Impressionsim – Theater Review
Impressionism “is the story of a world traveling photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who discover each other and also that there might be an art to repairing broken lives,”.
“Impressionism” stars Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons, with a wonderful cameo by Marsha Mason. To tell you what it is about will take away part of the intellectual adventure of the experience, and it is why a lot of people haven’t been thrilled about this particular Broadway offering. The performances have uniformly been praised and should be. Jeremy Irons is charming and adorable. Joan Allen looks fabulous. The problem is that it really requires you to think a little bit. The concept of impressionism– the opening talks about the impressionist school, which instead of lying color on one swath, the idea was to use little dots, so the notion being that beauty was truly in the eye of the beholder, and the notion about impressionism is what we bring to the party is going to determine what we see — that perception is everything. I loved it, but then I am a psychologist. I would give it five stars in terms of the performances, and probably a three in terms of the writing. But I really like theater that you have to work a little harder at, so I would give it four stars.