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Sophomoric. That is the word for this play. “Love & Money” by A. R. Gurney, now at the Pershing Square Signature Center, has so many holes in the plot that it seems more like a frivolous writing exercise created on a rainy afternoon than anything that should be taken seriously. Why this play is being produced, when there are boatloads of good plays out there pining away for a friendly nod, is a mystery.
For all it’s heft, Informed Consent is salted with laugh-out-loud moments as well as raw emotional ones. You go away not only satisfied with the experience and also with a lot on your mind. It’s a short run, so try to see it.
The fact that the piece is entitled Plath. and not Plath! is telling. This work, which began life at Barnard College, is a bleak, scholarly and mostly monochrome affair.
This is the type of tightly written, keenly directed, subtly performed piece that is a pleasure to breathe in. And it is a cinch to produce. A table and a chair is all that is needed. Oh, and a liquor bottle.
There is entertainment and there is insight. You get both from Nobody’s Girl, New Jersey Repertory Company’s latest foray into the risky, rewarding world of U.S. premieres. This time there’s even more danger than usual in the air – the kind of excitement its enlightened audiences have come to expect from this find of a theatre south of New York City in Long Branch.
So there I am on Sunday the 29th and I’m listening to NPR It was Hurricane this and hurricane that until I finally turned on the TV to see what was the big deal. The weather channel was squeezing coverage out of the waves in Florida, the wind in Alabama, and the line of cars leaving New Orleans and there was a satellite photo of a very very very big storm filling up most of the Gulf of Mexico. Then there was the mayor of New Orleans telling people that Hurricane Katrina was on its way . They had to evacuate and had better do it right away.