Thursday, July 17, 2008

New Review: The Marriage of Bette and Boo

This actually went up on line a few days ago and is in the current print edition.

Here's a tease:

Henri Bergson, the French philosopher and author of a famous tract on laughter, once observed: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” If this is so, the mind of playwright Christopher Durang is prepared to the point of absurdity. For beyond the ridiculousness in his autobiographical 1985 play, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, currently being revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company, there’s unrelieved savagery. This tale of two clans linked by the titular pair’s long, woebegone marriage contains virtually no character able to see reality as it is, as opposed to the reality they pray for.

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