One-time “SNL” player Colin Quinn transferred his one-man show “Long Story Short” to Broadway Tuesday and was welcomed with open arms by the critics. Jerry Seinfeld made his theatrical directorial debut guiding Quinn through his 75-minute tour of world history. After a successful run off-Broadway this summer, it is being staged a tthe Helen Hayes Theater, one of the smaller Broadway houses.
For Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, “Some of Mr. Quinn’s funniest material is the kind of casual, offbeat commentary about the petty quirks of everyday behavior today that Mr. Seinfeld specialized in.” Newsday‘s Linda Winer said the show is, “the mostly smart and shrewd little stand-up comedy/psychopolitical history lesson.” And Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News thought, “Quinn is a master at drawing parallels between past and present. Some clever projections and sound effects help tell the tale on the amphitheater-like set.”
Unforfunately for Quinn, the Tony Awards dropped the special theatrical event category last year. Shows such as his — which have a script — can contend for Best Play. However, Carrie Fisher could not break into that category last year for her equally well-received one-woman show “Wishful Drinking.” All of the elements of these productions, such as Seinfeld’s direction, can contend for Tony Awards as well.
Below is fascinating footage of Quinn and Seinfeld preparing for the Broadway opening.
Photo: Colin Quinn in “Long Story Short” (Helen Hayes Theater)