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Network, starring Bryan Cranston, officially opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on December 6, 2018. The play is a remake of the famed 1976 Oscar-winning movie of the same name, starring Peter Finch. Cranston is a tour de force on the Broadway stage, bringing an energy to the character of Howard Beale that may be unmatched by any other actor on Broadway right now.

Critical reception for the show has been quite positive for the production, following its very successful run in London. See below for a roundup of some of the more informative Network reviews from around the web.

Network Reviews

The New York Times

Review: In ‘Network,’ an Electrifying Bryan Cranston Is All the Rage

The Times gives “Network” its coveted “Critic’s Pick” designation, noting that Cranston’s “wrenching performance stands on its own.” Critic Ben Brantley calls the show “a terrifying reminder of how an all-too-human, anger-filled public figure, with access to a worldwide stage, can be mistaken for a god.”

→ Read the full review here.

Hollywood Reporter

“Network”: Theater Review

Critic David Rooney gives “Network” high praise, calling Cranston’s performance “a vigorously inhabited, freshly minted characterization, quite distinct from the disheveled Biblical doomsayer that won Peter Finch a posthumous Oscar in the movie.”

→ Read the full review here.


‘Network’ Broadway Review: Bryan Cranston Goes Suitably Mad

Deadline continues the high regard for Cranston:

“Bryan Cranston’s blistering performance as Network‘s mad-as-hell prophet of the airwaves – now ranting from Broadway’s Belasco Theatre – is all the proof anyone could need that an actor can demolish any and all associations to a role that audiences carry to their seats.”

→ Read the full review here.


Broadway Review: “Network” with Bryan Cranston

Variety critic Marilyn Stasio commends “Network” for developing a still-relevant portrayal of American society more than 40 years after the film version came out. “Adaptations have been made to the original screenplay by Lee Hall, but the sense of immediacy is palpable,” writes Stasio.

→ Read the full review here.


‘Network’ review: Bryan Cranston great as hell in Broadway adaptation

Theater Critic Matt Windman gives “Network” four stars due to its “sleek, seamless, multimedia-enhanced” staging and the “sense of one-on-one intimacy” created with the audience.

— Read the full review here.

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