Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Invitation

photo: Word Monger

I would have been more satisfied with this new black comedy (by Brian Parks) if it had ended shortly after the black out that divides it roughly in two: the first half of the play, in which dinner guests squirm in their seats over the ugly near-Fascist snobbery of their hostess, is as smart and as absorbing as the second half is overlong and contrived, although ripe with bold and welcome socio-political statement. John Clancy has wisely directed the play to move at a fast clip, but not all of the actors are up to the task of finding levels at the brisk pace. Nonetheless, the production is vivid and memorable despite the play’s indulgences.

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