So all that can be said is, Newman (a Barnie from way back, Josh on soap “The Guiding Light” for 28 years) makes a great Bruhl. Arrogant, pompous and full of desperation, Newman’s Bruhl is also funny, pathetic and brutal. In one violent scene (not that one, the other) he genuinely stunned and shocked the audience while nearly knocking down a set wall with the head of another actor.
Robert Newman is worth the price of admission alone.
As for casting, this tight five-character ensemble works beautifully together. Chiefly, this is due to having an actor of Newman’s caliber at the helm, steering the ship. Newman’s wealth of experience as a performer from both stage and screen is at work here. Every moment he spends on stage, he is thoroughly invested and in tune with being Sidney Bruhl. Newman is a consummate professional and a very talented actor, and he is a delight to watch.
Newman, on the other hand, has the unenviable task of delivering a large majority of the dialogue, much of it so similar as to be daunting to a lesser actor. Not only does his familiar baritone (Ok. I watched “The Guiding Light,” too) make every line easily accessible, but it’s varied shadings are aural clues to what’s going on in his devious mind. He shifts from devoted husband to emotionless killer in the blink of an eye, and moves easily and with the assurance the role demands.