Review: "Golden Boy" Packs a Punch

December 7, 2012 8:27 AM


" Do we pursue our creative passions, or lean in to choices that offer greater assurance of comfort and security? It’s an internal monologue anyone can appreciate, and a decision “cockeyed wonder” Joe Bonaparte, the musician-turned-pugilist, makes early in Lincoln Center Theater’s transporting revival of the Clifford Odets morality play “Golden Boy,” which just opened at the Belasco Theatre. Theater trivia buffs, make note: that’s the same venue where “Golden Boy” debuted, 75 years ago. 

Seth Numrich, the original star of LCT’s “War Horse,” has the central role of Joe, a working-class kid who forsakes his promising future as a classical violinist to enter the boxing ring, with its tempting paydays; there, he’s gradually seized upon as a meal ticket by a surly entourage of handlers and investors, none more threatening than gunman Eddie Fuseli (the explosive Anthony Crivello, who won a Tony for 1993’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman”) "

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