Magazine article The New Yorker

The Theatre

Magazine article The New Yorker

The Theatre

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THE THEATRE

The Bard's retelling of the Trojan War is the second Shakespeare in the Park production this summer.

Wily

Corey Stoll returns to the stage in "Troilus and Cressida."

Chances are you first noticed Corey Stoll in Woody Allen's film "Midnight in Paris," from 2011, in which he played a hard-drinking, declarative-sentence-spouting Ernest Hemingway. ("It was a good book because it was an honest book, and that's what war does to men.") That scene-stealing part kicked off a prolific run for the forty-year-old character actor, who, in his various roles, has managed to meld decency with something more unsavory, whether machismo, addiction (as the alcoholic congressman Peter Russo, on "House of Cards"), or false charm (his Anderson Cooper-esque gay newscaster, on "Girls"). All that, and he's done more for the sex appeal of bald men than anyone since Bruce Willis.

Because he's been so busy, Stoll has been missing from the stage for the past six years, after starting his career working steadily on Broadway and Off. This month, he's back, in Daniel Sullivan's Shakespeare in the Park production of "Troilus and Cressida" (in previews, at the Delacorte), Shakespeare's cynical retelling of the late stages of the Trojan War. …

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