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The Winning Post’s No End

How does one go about faulting the director in a play full of quality acting? Is Leah C. Gardiner heavily complicit in the performances that save The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner from sheer mediocrity? Or did the actors, like the play’s protagonist, rise up against the restrictive desires of their supervisors? Advertisements

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If I Were an ‘Amster

After a week of disappointing plays, leave it to Isabella Rossellini to revivify our love of theater through her obsession with animal reproductive behavior.  “Tonight we’re going to talk about sex, right?  Good,” she begins, entering the stage in a modest black dress and pearls and occasionally donning thick-rimmed orange eyeglasses.  Green Porno, her subsequent […]

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A Poor Bare, Forked Animal

I fully expected to love Frank Langella’s King Lear.  After all, aging movie stars may be even better candidates for the role than those versed in Shakespeare.  Saturated for decades in shallow adulation, applauded for their every move, they have far more to fear in losing what Mr. Langella calls our “metaphorical crown[s],” the “props we […]

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Stop—and Look Around

“People are profoundly bad, but irresistibly funny.”  This quotation, from playwright Joe Orton, serves as the epigraph to a revival of his Loot, currently running at the Lucille Lortel Theater.  It is staggeringly misleading.  Applied to a work by, say, Edward Bond, or Tom Stoppard, or Sarah Kane, it would be appropriate.  But Loot is […]

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¿Quién Sabe?

At the offices of the George H. Jones Company, platitudes rap out as quickly as the clickety-clack of the typewriters.  “Hot dog!” cries an office boy (Ryan Dinning) in response to nearly everything.  “Haste makes waste,” warns an elderly stenographer (Henny Russell).  And George H. Jones (Michael Cumpsty) himself informs all his employees, “The early […]

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