• ‘Network' Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Conjures a Burnt-Out Bill O'Reilly

    10 days ago - By The Wrap

    Bryan Cranston in no way recalls Peter Finch's Oscar-winning performance as the crazy TV newcaster Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network.” With true inspiration, Cranston instead conjures up an out-of-work, burnt-out Bill O'Reilly in the new staging of “Network,” which opened Thursday at the Belasco Theatre after a recent run at London's National Theatre.
    Lee Hall adapts Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay, and has been very faithful in his transfer to the stage. What's different about “Network” on stage, in addition to Cranston's awesome portrayal, is Ivo van Hove's very kinetic and immersive...
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  • ‘Network' Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Goes Suitably Mad

    10 days ago - By Deadline

    Bryan Cranston 's blistering performance as Network ‘s mad-as-hell prophet of the airwaves - now ranting from Broadway 's Belasco Theatre - is all the proof anyone could need that an actor can demolish any and all associations to a role that audiences carry to their seats.
    I'm not referring to our memories of Peter Finch's instant classic performance of raving newsman Howard Beale in Sidney Lumet's 1976 masterwork. The ghost Cranston battles is his own, and even if by now he...
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