The Internet Theater Magazine of Reviews, Features, Annotated Listings









etcetera- NEWS


See links at top of our Main Page







Free Updates
A CurtainUp Review
City of Glass
By Paulanne Simmons
Quinn no longer wished to be dead. At the same time, it cannot be said that he was glad to be alive. Quinn had long ago stopped thinking of himself as real. If he lived now in the world at all, it was only at one remove, through the imaginary person of Max Work.—Quinn
city of glass
Robert Honeywell as Daniel Quinn.
Paul Auster's 150-page novella, City of Glass, was originally published in 1985, and later incorporated into The New York Trilogy. Its three stories mix the classic detective genre with the nouveau roman. Thus, like many "new novels" these detective stories address the existential issues of time, space, identity, and the nature of reality. Although such work can be difficult reading, Auster managed to give his short novels enough suspense and color to make them best sellers/

City of Glass is about a onetime poet, Daniel Quinn, who now writes detective fiction under a pseudonym. A phone call from a man asking for a detective named Paul Auster sends Quinn on an adventure that leads him through the streets of New York City and into the homes of a rich madman named Paul Stillman Jr. and eventually a writer who may or may not be the real Paul Auster.

Edward Einhorn, who writes in the program notes, "When I first read City of Glass, I had the had the strong sense that I had written it," has undertaken the formidable task of creating a dramatization of the novel and also directing it. Having established his feeling of kinship, Einhorn continues his program note as follows: "Most of all, this is a play about brokenness. Daniel Quinn is a broken version of the author. haunted by the ghosts of his wife and son. Peter Stillman Jr. is an example of a man who is deliberately broken by another."

Einhorn expresses that brokenness by dividing his characters into their spoken words, delivered by the narrator (Robert Honeywell) and their physical selves portrayed by a silent man (Mateo Moreno) and a silent woman (Dina Rose Rivera). The ambiguity is emphasized by mixing up the gender roles. A scrim that also serves as a screen allows the actors to appear as shadows and projected images.

The detective genre is communicated with eerie lighting, suspenseful music, fedoras, trench coats and Honeywell's brilliant acting that enables him to transform himself from a hardboiled detective to a femme fatal and a raving maniac. Nevertheless, existential philosophy does not necessarily make for dramatic moments. For that we need real characters who have lives we can relate to in some way.

For the first ten minutes, it's hard to figure out what's going on. In the second ten minutes we gradually get it. We may even admire what Einhorn is trying to do. But after a while, the various devices he employs grow stale.

City of Glass will be just fine for people who like to see intellectual exercises on stage. All others should go rent a copy of Double Indemnity and watch Fred McMurray as the wounded and washed up Walter Neff succumbing to lust and greed and kill Phyllis Dietrichson's husband in a botched attempt to collect his life insurance.

City of Glass
Based on the book by Paul Auster
Adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn
Cast: Robert Honeywell (Daniel Quinn); Mateo Moreno (Silent Man); Dina Rose Rivera (Silent Woman)
Composer: Freddi Price
Choreographer: Patrice Miller
Scenic Designer: Christopher Heilman
Lighting Designer: Christopher Weston
Video Designer: Gil Sperling
Costume Designer: Carla Gant
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
Running Time: 95 minutes, no intermission
Untitled Theater Company No. 61 at The New Ohio 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich Street and Washington Street 888-596-1027 or
From 2/19/16; opening 2/24/16; closing 3/12/16
Wednesday at 7 PM; Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 5 PM. Added performance on Saturday, March 12 at 2PM; no performances on Sunday, February 28 or Wednesday, March 2
Tickets: $25 - $30
Reviewed by Paulanne Simmons Feb. 20, 2016
Highlight one of the responses below and click "copy" or"CTRL+C"
  • I agree with the review of City of Glass
  • I disagree with the review of City of Glass
  • The review made me eager to see City of Glass
Click on the address link E-mail:
Paste the highlighted text into the subject line (CTRL+ V):

Feel free to add detailed comments in the body of the email. . .also the names and emails of any friends to whom you'd like us to forward a copy of this review.

For a feed to reviews and features as they are posted add to your reader
Curtainup at Facebook . . . Curtainup at Twitter
Subscribe to our FREE email updates: E-mail:
put SUBSCRIBE CURTAINUP EMAIL UPDATE in the subject line and your full name and email address in the body of the message. If you can spare a minute, tell us how you came to CurtainUp and from what part of the country.
Slings & Arrows  cover of  new Blu-Ray cover
Slings & Arrows- view 1st episode free

Book Of Mormon MP4 Book of Mormon -CD
Our review of the show

©Copyright 2016, Elyse Sommer.
Information from this site may not be reproduced in print or online without specific permission from