Author: Kathleen Campion


Presumably a lot of people came to see Chris Evans — Captain America — with his shirt on and his Boy Scout halo a little dinged.  Evans plays a cop on the make in every sense.  He’s a terrific bastard.  You can’t like him, but you’ve met him.  (So, apparently, some movie stars can do Broadway in a small cast of pros, play against type and — you know — do it well.)

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Bee is a woman on a mission.  She is running as fast as she can, to escape the crowded, grim, rent-stabilized life she and her husband Hal have devolved to.  She gives us flashes of their young selves — protests, drugs, running from the police. You can almost smell the patchouli! 

Hal is a man in retreat.  He is hiding and collapsing as fast as he can, stoned 24/7, escaping his crowded, grim, rent-stabilized life with video games, a pointless blog, and awash in narcissistic regret.  You just want to smack him into next week.

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Bottom line — I’m really glad I got to see this play.  It has much to recommend it.  It has power and passion and laughter and pathos.  It’s a small room, so not so many tickets.  If you’re asking me, I’d say go.

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The intellectual playfulness of Relevance, which opened Sunday night at the Lortel, has a whisper of Stoppard about it, in that it is a play about ideas and words and their relevance — which could sound stuffy, but plays with enormous vitality.

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