Sheen Center For Thought and Culture
Named one of the four best plays of 2018 by The Wall Street Journal
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"One of the best new plays to open in New York in recent memory...magical...a triumph."
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"Offers a gravitas rarely attempted in new plays these days...Pushkin is a transporting experience."
Kyle Smith, National Review
"Pushkin is an extraordinary achievement...Leaf has created a work that will stand the test of time and which deserves to be seen by a much wider audience...Leaf’s plays reach toward the irresolvable perplexities of life...Really good theatre gives us the opportunity to look into that depth and then walk away on the level street reflecting on it. Leaf’s Pushkin, stripped as it is of any effort to conjure our own moment, somehow succeeds as a thoroughly American tragedy."
Peter Wood, First Things
"Most impressive...This is an ambitious drama in verse, conceived on a large scale...Leaf re-creates a whole lost Russian society on the stage...There are no heroes or villains here...a dissection of issues that — though they may have taken on different form over the years — still plague us mightily."
Dan Callahan, The Village Voice
Chris Atamian, ScenesMedia
Peter Filichia, BroadwayRadio
"Imaginative and engrossing...with its fine writing and impeccable presentation, Pushkin is a compelling theatrical exploration of a fascinating literary figure."
Darryl Reilly, Theaterscene.net
"Excellent...A masterwork...a new play that uses the theatre like the Greeks intended—as a megaphone for the untranslatable emotions of human life."
Cassandra Csenscitz, IntoWords
"Pushkin is a compelling, true-to-life historical blank verse play imagined and implemented by the creative playwright Jonathan Leaf that will fascinate...thanks to the talent of the author, the play could have been written by Pushkin himself as it rings with Pushkinesque verve."
Arney Rosenblat, Theaterscene.com
"Chef-d'oeuvre [a masterpiece]"
Nina Rumiantseva, Pushkin Society of America
"Exciting and terrible as it unfolds...It is essential that everyone interested in Russian literature or Russia see this play."
Susan Smith-Peter, Russian Insight
Wall Street Journal Critic's Pick
New Criterion Critic's Pick
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg. First photo (top): (left to right) Ian Lassiter and Lexi Lapp.Second photo: (left to right) Gene Gillette and Ian Lassiter. Third Photo: (left to right) Gene Gillette, Lou Liberatore and Christopher Kelly.
Fourth Photo: (left to right) Christopher Kelly and Jenny Leona. Fifth Photo: (left to right) Lexi Lapp, Olivia Gilliatt, Christopher Kelly, Gene Gillette, Jenny Leona and Ian Lassiter. Sixth Photo: Ian Lassiter.