Posted on May 10, 2009
The new Broadway play Impressionism ended its production at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre today, far earlier than originally planned. The limited engagement was originally scheduled to play at the Schoenfeld through July 5, but negative buzz and poor reviews led to low ticket sales, leaving the struggling show little choice but to end its Broadway run early. Written by Michael Jacobs (Cheaters) and directed by Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, The Coast of Utopia), Impressionism starred Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen as a photographer and a gallery owner, respectively. This was Irons first time on Broadway in over 20 years - the British film actor's only other time on the Great White Way was in the original Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. The Tony-winning Allen, too, is a film star with stage roots, and her last appearance on Broadway was in Wendy Wasserstein's play The Heidi Chronicles in 1990. The strong supporting cast of Impressionism included Andre De Shields, Aaron Lazar, Marsha Mason, and Michael T. Weiss.