The Lehman Trilogy


"You have only Friday night and Saturday to see the hottest play in town: “The Lehman Trilogy” at the Park Avenue Armory. Alas, you’re going to need Lehman brothers money (well, before the firm’s bankruptcy) to buy a ticket. The remaining few are going for as much as $1,300 on Stubhub.

No show is worth that kind of money, frankly, but “The Lehman Trilogy” is remarkable. A stage biography, it follows the three Lehman brothers as they arrive from Germany in the 19th century with no money, build up a business in the South and go on to create what becomes one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. It’s a giant Wikipedia entry that manages to become compelling theater thanks to three sensational actors — Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles — and Sam Mendes’ whirling direction. The glass office of Lehman Brothers spins, while a cyclorama depicts the sea, New York Harbor, a burning cotton field and the Manhattan skyline of the 19th century. The show runs 3 ¹/₂ hours but never lags."

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