Fans Flock to Daniel Radcliffe's Broadway Debut
09/26/2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT
Glenn Close, Lili Taylor and The Sixth Sense's Haley Joel Osment were among the those in the crowd for the much-anticipated revival of Peter Shaffer's drama about a young man with a pathological fascination with horses.
Osment, who himself is starring in upcoming Broadway revival – of David Mamet's 1976 American Buffalo – told PEOPLE, "I'm happy to be here supporting another great work of theater. It's a great season for Broadway."
Overall, Radcliffe enchanted the critics, who seemed less impressed by how the 1973 play has aged.
"The 19-year-old film star … steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor's delight – that is, a natural fit that allows the room to stretch, " declares The New York Times.
The city's Daily News adds, "He's terrific and gives a passionate performance" as Alan Strang, the 17-year-old stable hand who worships – and blinds – six horses.
Opined The Washington Post: "Radcliffe's contribution "won't blow you away, it does get a basic job done."
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