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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 25 2017

Mercurial, carefully crafted performances by Kyle Curry and Kate Black-Spence drive Derek Van Barham's intimate staging of Richard Greenberg's 1997 drama, whose theme is the complex legacy—emotional and material—passed down from parents to children. Curry and Black-Spence play two characters each in this BoHo Theatre production. In act one, they are Walker and Nan Janeway, estranged siblings who reunite after the death of their father, Ned, a famous New York architect, to collect their inheritance, which they expect will be one of his celebrated houses. In the second half, set 37 years earlier, the actors portray Ned and Lina—the girlfriend of Ned's business partner, Theo (Niko Kourtis, who also plays Theo's son, Pip)—at the moment when Lina and Ned fall in love during a three-day rainstorm. Greenberg's dialogue is witty and literate, as befits his privileged, urbane characters, but the humor serves an achingly painful narrative that haunted me long after the show ended. Curry is riveting as the quirky, narcissistic Walker and the shy, sensitive Ned, and Black-Spence is equally compelling as the nurturing Nan and especially the flamboyant, mentally unstable Lina, whose eccentricity—so alluring to Ned—will, we know, lead to a madness that will wreck her marriage and traumatize her children. —Albert Williams

Price: $25


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