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by Michael Jacobs
Directed by Jack O’Brien
February 28 – July 5, 2009

Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
236 West 45th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York NY 10036
(212) 239-6200

Tuesday – Saturday @8pm
Wednesday and Saturday @2pm
Sunday @3pm

Schoenfeld Theatre and Impressionism Poster

Set in Manhattan, IMPRESSIONISM is the story of an international photojournalist and a New York gallery owner whose unexpected brush with intimacy leads them to realize that there is quite an art to repairing broken lives.

Irons represents the realistic view of life, a war-worn photojournalist pretty shot himself, back home to heal from all he has seen and recorded. Allen advocates the impressionistic view of life, a self-contained art-gallery proprietress holding on to her paintings at all costs (in psychobabble parlance, her art is her “baggage”).

The opposites attract and spend the rest of the play — between sales — falling in love and trying to convert each other to their different views of life. The classiest kind of parry and thrust is called for here — and gets it from two attractive, intelligent, stylish stars who haven’t been on the Broadway boards for a good two decades.

  • Weiss adds some unexpected passion as a man in love with a particular piece of art, even though he is a bit of a cad where Katharine is concerned.
  • Impressionism is not a perfect play by any means, but it has some interesting things to say and ends up offering a rather lovely look at love, buttressed by several absolutely beautiful stage performances.
  • Michael T. Weiss, in his Broadway bow, already likes the sound of “Broadway actor,” he admitted. “I kinda love that. It has been a long time. I started out in theatre here and then got sucked into the Los Angeles film-and-television world. I’m so happy to be doing this now. It’s my favorite thing to do. I just needed a role in New York that I really adored.”

    The role in question is a ridiculously rich art collector, and Weiss plays the part in a rather lighthearted vein. “He’s a very wealthy guy, but he has a good time with his money. Why not? Right? If I were worth $100 million, I’d be in a good mood.”