Therese Raquin opened a month ago at Studio 54 and stars Keira Knightley in her disappointing Broadway debut. Keira spends the first act giving sullen, constipated looks to the audience at the end of many of the scenes. While the looks were meant to convey stifled passions swirling inside her they simply made her character seem unintelligent. She is also very often speechless when asked questions by the other characters. If this was the direction she was given she should have just said no.
By far one of the best parts of the production was the set and staging (an actual river on stage!). Kudos to Beowulf Boritt for the sets as well as to Jane Greenwood for costumers and Keith Parham for lighting.
Judith Light delivers a strong performance as Madame Raquin which stood out in sharp contrast to Keira’s. But the sets and Judith’s performance are not enough to earn a thumps up for Therese Raquin.