This revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1974 play is distinguished by nuanced performances. David Watson’s superior direction emphasizes the quiet moments in what could be an over-the-top drama — it’s clear that the actors are listening to one another. The plot begins after the tragic death of Robbie, the third roommate in an apartment shared by Anna (Melanie Hawkins) and Larry (Mark Thornton). Both are distraught, and Anna is comforted by her boyfriend Burton (Eli Mahar), a successful screenwriter. Anna is a choreographer who had worked with Robbie, a gay dancer, on various projects. Anna regales Larry, also gay, with tales of the funeral, where the family assumed she was Robbie’s girlfriend. A month after the burial, Robbie’s brother Pale (Ben McGroarty) bursts into their apartment at 5 a.m. to retrieve Robbie’s belongings. Disturbed by the drunken, obnoxious Pale, who has a strong resemblance to Robbie, Anna nevertheless sleeps with him. Burton, of course, learns of the affair, and angrily storms off, only later, he will try to win Anna back. As Larry, a very funny Thornton provides dry humor throughout, and McGroarty is persuasive as the violent yet sensitive Pale. Travis McHale’s set and lighting design complement the production. Flight Theater at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; through September 13. burnthisplay.info. (800) 504-4849. The Cat’s Glass of Wine productions.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 27, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Aug. 21. Continues through Sept. 13, 2009
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