Days of Rage – Manifesto of Middle Class Ennui

Steven Levenson’s Days of Rage is more satire than a play about rage. Flashback to 1969. Nixon was in The White House and a war was raging in Vietnam. Three 20-somethings – two middle-class college dropouts, the third from a working class family – share a seedy house in an upstate New York college town.…

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…

Smart People – Sound & Fury Signifying Nothing

The four characters who make up the cast of Smart People like to pontificate. They definitely are book smart, but not necessarily smart in dealing with friends and lovers. Two of them are professors at Harvard, one is an intern at Harvard Medical School who also finds time to operate a clinic, and there is…

The Way We Get By – That’s some morning after

Boy and girl see each other across a crowded room. They have fantastic (drunken) sex. Awkward conversation ensues the early morning after. Both seem to want to have sex again but then the boy becomes quite hesitant. More awkward conversation & then a big reveal. Does (and should) the one-night stand between Doug and Beth…