"This play is not only watchable, but riveting in the hands of the tour-de-force that is Mike Burstyn. Burstyn doesn’t just rise above the material, he floats above it. While the writers clearly went to great pains to excise anything that might reveal Lansky’s dark underbelly, Burstyn shows no fear in taking the script and imbuing it with moments of sheer evil, providing a brief glimpse into the “real” Lansky. Watch closely as he forces a pastrami sandwich on an unsuspecting audience member, or when he takes on Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, long distance on a pay phone. It’s bone chilling. Burstyn has such command of the tiny stage that he constantly dares you to avert your eyes from him. At 62, he has extraordinary control over his instrument – body and voice, and it’s worth seeing this production just to see what a true master of the acting craft can achieve, alone, on an intimate stage with a minimal set. Go see this play for Burstyn’s nuanced, layered, three-dimensional performance. You won’t be disappointed, and what Burstyn does in the last 90 seconds of the play will stay with you for a long, long, time."
Kelly Hartog, Beverly Hills Courier
“A true master of the acting craft…the tour-de-force that is Mike Burstyn”
Beverly Hills Courier
“A superb storyteller and mimic.”
“Burstyn makes the aging gangster smilingly gregarious.”
“A gripping one-man show.”
“Burstyn’s characterisation presents a model of self-referential rectitude.”
"An actor who can bring off a charismatic, schmoozing big shot."