The week’s other openings
Merrily We Roll Along; August: Osage County; The Book of Grace
Merrily We Roll AlongKarger Center, Highland Park, Ill.(847) 579-4900Stephen Sondheim’s infamous flop “remains as problematic as ever” despite its breathtaking score, said Time Out Chicago. Though it’s the story that’s flawed, Jarrod Zimmerman “does an admirable job” playing a composer who betrays his chums to get ahead, and the rest of the show’s “insanely talented” young cast follows suit.
August: Osage CountyAlliance Theatre, Atlanta(404) 733-5000It would be hard to match the Broadway production of Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play, said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Yet as performed by “the crème de la crème of Atlanta theater,” its story of an Oklahoma family searching for its missing patriarch “leaves the prickle and sting of real tears.”
The Book of GraceCompany One, Boston (617) 292-7110“There is something compelling about the ferocious, uncompromising clarity” of Suzan-Lori Parks’s newest play, said The Boston Globe. Its family drama, built around a Texas border guard, offers clichés for characters, but director David Wheeler “conjures an aura of menace” that somehow sustains dramatic tension.