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Posted December 23, 2003
I first saw 'Man of LaMacha' in the 'rickety-rackety theater on E. 4th St.' on its first or second night of previews. I had convinced several friends to come to it based on my unabashed fandom for Richard Kiley, its star. As usual when you convince people to do something they hadn't planned on, I was as much concerned with their reaction as I was with my own. This was impossible to ascertain before the end of the show, as the play had no intermission. I needn't have worried. When the lights came on at the end, I looked down the row and saw all my cohorts, male, female, and everything in between, blubbering like babies and raving about the show (this was fortuitous, as it happens, because we were seated directly in front of Kiley's wife!). When the show finally 'opened' officially, it was creamed by a majority of critics, Indeed, Edwin Newman, on NBC, took especially malicious pleasure in ridiculing this 'idiotic' song about 'Dreaming impossible dreams'. Needless to say, I've had a love for the show ever since. Now, at last, finally, and about time too, we get the full story of its creation from its main inceptor, Dale Wasserman. From its early incarnation as 'I, Don Quixote' on TV to its world-wide success, the story of how, who, where, and why, with all its charm... and all its problems is just as exciting, and just as brilliantly told, as the original.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.