The week’s other openings
<em>Misalliance; American Buffalo; The Storytelling Ability of a Boy</em>
City Center Stage II, New York
George Bernard Shaw’s study of the moral bankruptcy of two aristocratic families gets a nice “straightforward staging” here, said Variety. Director Jeff Steitzer “does exactly the right thing” by letting Shaw’s venerable dialogue speak for itself, and also succeeds at bringing out the humor hidden amid the pointed social commentary.
Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
David Mamet’s “savagely actable play,” about three men planning a petty larceny, receives the proper treatment by a trio of fantastic actors, said the Chicago Sun-Times. Tracy Letts, Francis Guinan, and Patrick Andrews shine under the “explosive direction” of Amy Morton, who displays a “genius for animating Mamet’s work.”
The Storytelling Ability of a Boy
Florida Stage, Manalapan
This provocative new play by Carter Lewis takes audiences on a harsh journey through a young boy’s “high school circle of hell,” said The Miami Herald. Lewis’ script crosses “dangerous emotional lines” in its telling of a complex triangle formed by the boy, his teacher, and a fellow student.