Theater for the New City presents John Patrick Shanley's classic play about an angry man and a shame-filled woman whose emotions clash to reveal the core of what makes us all human. More…
Two damaged people, so beaten up by life they are unable to express their own desperation, meet in a desolate bar. He is so filled with anger that his only respite from a rage he cannot understand is to lash out wildly with his fists. She is so eaten up inside by a secret shame she fears to share with anyone that she can find no rest and no escape from herself. These two incendiary, self-destructive natures meet and collide, banging up against one another. Will it be fusion or fission? Will the night end in love or death? Both characters probe within themselves to find an exorcism and forgiveness that, while painfully achieved, offers the hope of a future touched with more than the bitterness and loneliness that had been their lot before their fateful meeting.
See it if The acting saves this show. The plot was fair at best. Nice small theater to see the show. If your an aspiring actor, see it. 2 good actors.
Don't see it if If you want a real good plot or a story that is believable. Fast past action throughout.
See it if You want to see an assaulting two-hander of damaged people seeking redemption love from another rather than inside. Improbable "sins".
Don't see it if The premise of a child sexually molesting her parent seems incredulous.
See it if You want an emotionally charged, character driven drama with appropriate comedic moments. A heartbreaking play of extreme personalities.
Don't see it if You don't like darkness and visceral emotion. If you want more plot than character building. You don't want something bare bones.
See it if You love intense, original theater with actors capable of pulling it off.
Don't see it if You want lightheaded fare that's easy to digest