There is a golden girl at the heart of the Irish Classical Theatre production of Clifford Odets 1937 classic, “Golden Boy,” and her name is Cassie Cameron. Cameron gives a five-star performance in this four-star production.
It was inevitable that Irish Classical Theatre eventually arrive at the work of Odets. The playwright modeled his plays on the work of Sean O’Casey, and is seminal in the development of a style of realistic American acting, which is also a hallmark of the Irish Classical Theatre. The play is a perfect choice to open its 2018-2019 season.
This production is a seamless melding of Odets’ remarkable script with a cast that … inhabits the play’s large array of characters with sincerity, believability, and passion.
Christian Brandjes is focused and convincing … Rolando Martin Gomez gives a performance aching in its sincerity and authenticity …
… as golden boy Joe Bonaparte, Anthony Alcocer … here gives a career making turn. He endows the fatally conflicted character with palpable humanity and complexity, in a performance that is grounded and contained … He is marvelous.