David Duchovny - 'Dull' Duchovny Slated On Broadway

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David Duchovny has received a slew of scathing reviews for his Broadway debut - his performance in THE BREAK OF NOON has been branded "bland", "dull" and "monotonous".
The X-Files star appears in the Neil LaBute play opposite Amanda Peet, who he previously shared the screen with in 2008 movie The X-Files: I Want To Believe.
But Duchovny's turn in the production, which tells the story of a man who survives a horrific mass shooting, has failed to impress New York's theatre critics, who have savaged his performance in a series of negative reviews.
Joe Dziemianowicz, of the New York Daily News, writes, "Duchovny's performance is colourless and dull. His long opening monologue... has all the dynamism of bland hospital broth. He seems disengaged, even though, ironically, his presence is responsible for the production's extended run."
Ben Brantley, of the New York Times, describes the "monotony" of the production, adding, "Mr. Duchovny... does admirably by his opening monologue but then fails to find enough variation... to hold our attention, " while the New York Post's Frank Scheck brands Duchovny's performance "bland".
Jeremy Gerard, of Bloomberg, adds, "Duchovny leaves whatever sex appeal (he) might have in that Snuggi... It's a subdued performance, lacking connection to the other characters or the audience...
"Whether that's from a lack of stage experience or because even he can't believe anybody is buying... the story is hard to say."


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Why did you left out all the good reviews?I loved the play. It was very funny and Duchovny did a awesome work.==Duchovny’s aura of secrecy keeps us hooked.==In John Smith, a very much new to religious faith as well as just being agood guy (that's good, as in being an honest, f aithful, financiallyresponsible husband), Mr. LaBute has written a terrific role for film andTVactor David Duchovny's stage debut. Duchovny is a persuasive addition toLaBute's gallery of less than admirable modern middle class men.=Duchovny virtually never leaves the stage for 90 minutes and he tries hardtoshow that he's not just a TV and film actor. But those mediums have trainedhisexpressions and voice to be small and he sometimes fails to connect Smith'sinner turmoil to the back rows. That said, his two monologues that bookendtheplay are terrific.
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Give him a chance ! It was opening night,for goodness sake. Many plays take time to catch an audience. Mr.Duchovny is a film and television actor and neither prepares you for a stage career. Why do the film versions of plays and musicals seldom,if ever, star the original cast. For the same reason.Stage acting does not transfer to the subtler nuances of filmed performances. I hope that the unfavorable reviews will not keep theatregoers away. I never go to previews and I never go to an opening night performance. It takes time to work out the rough spots and settle into the rhythm of the stage. And having to be "on" for ninety minutes straight, without a break is grueling and terrifying but I have no doubt that Mr. Duchovny,given time and the support of his many fans, will triumph.I am impressed and proud of the sheer courage that it took for him to get up onstage,in front of an audience(including New York critics)who were quite frankly hoping that he would fail (in THEIR jaded eyes) and were ready and willing to tear him apart.Perhaps if he were married to Tom Cruise,the critics would be falling all over themselves with glowing reviews for a mediocre performance.But Mr.Duchovny is not Katie Holmes,thank goodness. I see that the FORMER Mrs. Duchovny was in attendance,camera shy as ever.Perhaps his "disconnection" with the audience was because his worst critic was seated right down front judging his every move. I hear that the play will be coming to L.A. in January and I will be there.But not on opening night. Break a leg,David.And remember, your true and loyal fans will always love and support you unconditionally right to the end.
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