An exploration of the space between ideals and reality, Itamar Moses' clever, surprising play takes us inside the lives of novelist Ben (Ryan Johnston) and his best friend, aspiring playwright David (Steven Klein). Ben has just sold his first novel and seems to be on the fast track to success. David, while happy for his friend, tries to hide the envy that consumes him. From this point, we travel down the road of their long-standing friendship, exploring their psyches in depth as scenes shift seamlessly between the past and the present in the tightly woven and complex structure. Far from completely serious, the witty lines and comic moments along the way give the piece a natural and believable feel — including one especially funny sequence, when the pair is traveling in Prague, and Ben ends up humping a stuffed bear during a conversation about sex. Michelle Tattenbaum's deft direction not only brings out the humanity in her actors but also challenges them to execute precisely choreographed scene changes. Mark Guirguis' set design and Rachel Myers' costumes support Tattenbaum's staging, with a minimalism that allows the actors to maintain the performances' dramatic momentum.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 19, 2008
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