"The Evening's High Point"

But it is Mr. Hayden and Ms. Phillips who give this ‘Sons’ its surprising sensual incandescence… Mr. Hayden turns his character’s improbable saintliness into a willful assumed ignorance that will shatter to devastating effect… The first act scene of Chris’ fumbling proposal of marriage to Ann, which on paper hardly burns up the page, becomes a heated study in divided impulses that make it the evenings high point.
— Ben Bratley, The New York Times