Lobby Hero – No Heroes Here

Whether it be through words or facial expressions, characters in Kenneth Lonegran’s plays and movies always leave indelible impressions on me. And that is the case in the revival of Lobby Hero. Four characters, over the course of a couple of days, reveal too much of themselves to each other, doing harm as it seems…

The Band’s Visit – You’ll be Glad You Stopped By

  Poignant. Lyrical. Life-affirming. The Band’s Visit is all those things packed into a 90 minute show. This is not a musical with rousing songs and a large ensemble. Rather we’re treated to  the story of people coming together through an act of happenstance — people who live quiet lives but dream big. The Band’s…

Harry Clarke – double names, a double life

I have not seen Harry Clarke in its new incarnation at the Minetta Lane Theatre, but I did see it when it opened a few months ago at the Vineyard Theater. David Cale’s Harry Clarke and Billy Crudup’s performance are one of a kind and one for the books. As a nerdy Midwesterner Philip (Billy…

Good for Otto – was not so good for me

There is a lot going on in David Rabe’s Good for Otto, a play about the trials and tribulations of treating mental illness. Fourteen actors and, at least as many, theatergoers seated on stage is a lot to process. In fact too much to process. Set somewhere in northwest Connecticut, Dr. Michaels (Ed Harris) and…