Finding Grace on Broadway with Paul Rudd, Ed Asner

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kate Arrington (left to right), Michael Shannon, Ed Asner and Paul Rudd in 'Grace' at the Cort Theatre. Kate Arrington (left to right), Michael Shannon, Ed Asner and Paul Rudd in Grace at the Cort Theatre. (© Joan Marcus)

The first new play of the fall Broadway season has arrived, settling in at the Cort Theatre. Grace, a drama about faith, love and fate, marks the Broadway debut of playwright Craig Wright, as well as actor Michael Shannon, known for roles in films such as "Revolutionary Road," and currently appearing on the third season of HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire."

The production, directed by Dexter Bullard, also stars Paul Rudd, best known for his roles in movie comedies, Kate Arrington and screen veteran Ed Asner.

The play’s title refers not to a person, but the idea of God’s blessing, in a tale of a couple who move to Florida to start a chain of gospel-themed motels and become involved with an agitated scientist and a curmudgeonly exterminator. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explains how Grace defies some audience expectations and fulfills some audience hopes, as well.

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