Saturday, February 10, 2007

Frank's Home

Photo: Michael Brosilow

When a performer returns to the stage after years of working television and movies it's often the case that the stage muscles have gone soft. Not so with Peter Weller. As Frank Lloyd Wright, in Richard Nelson's somewhat Chekhovian play about the architect's emotional absence from his primary relationships, he's assured and intense; he gives the kind of performance that makes the audience hang on his every word. He also avoids making Wright likeable in the dishonest, audience-pleasing way: he goes right to the soul of the troubled, complicated tyrant. As Louis Sullivan, Harris Yulin matches him beat for beat.

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