The week’s other openings
It’s Only the End of the World, Love Loves a Pornographer, Things We Want
ChicagoIt’s Only the End of the WorldChopin Theatre, (773) 278-1500French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce died in 1995, but his masterpiece is “only now getting its U.S. premiere,” said Chris Jones in the Chicago Tribune. “This very French play” about a mortally ill man who returns home has much to say to Americans as well.
Los AngelesLove Loves a PornographerJohn Anson Ford Amphitheater, Hollywood, (323) 461-3673Jeff Goode’s “deeply silly, thoroughly enjoyable period satire” explores a Victorian extortion scheme, said Charlotte Stoudt in the Los Angeles Times. The play’s target is hypocrisy, but the fun is in watching a simple premise unfold into “unhinged anarchy.”
New YorkThings We WantAcorn Theater, (212) 279-4200Jonathan Marc Sherman’s first play in a decade couldn’t have a better pedigree, said Ben Brantley in The New York Times. Ethan Hawke directs a cast that includes Peter Dinklage and Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of Hollywood and Broadway legend Elia. Unfortunately, the tale of suicidal brothers, “feels like an internal monologue distributed among four characters.”