Thursday, April 29, 2010

Collected Stories (The SOB Review)

Collected Stories (The SOB Review) - Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, New York

** (out of ****)

There's really only one solid reason for seeing Lynne Meadow's tepid revival of Donald Margulies' Collected Stories: Linda Lavin.

In her first Great White Way outing in over seven years, Lavin -- a certifiable Broadway gem -- doesn't disappoint as Ruth Steiner, a crusty, aging author who mentors an aspiring and opportunistic writer, Lisa Morrison (Sarah Paulson). What little spark this play has comes from Lavin's seemingly effortless performance.

Unfortunately, if Margulies' plot had been any more obvious or predictable, Samuel Morris would have been telegraphing it in.

Still, Collected Stories is worth seeing if only for a long overdue opportunity to see the estimable Lavin provide a mini-master class.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 29 April, 2010, Blogger Aaron Riccio said...

We're in absolutely perfect agreement.

At 29 April, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Aaron, How's this for timing ... I just read your excellent review and agreed with everything you had to say.


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